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Motorsport boss gives recruiters key insight

Motorsport boss gives recruiters key insight

 
HR and recruitment professionals could learn lessons from motorsport about making key appointments of senior managers and superstars – according to one of the UK’s most successful race bosses.
 
Neil Tuxworth from Honda Racing was the guest speaker at the launch of new recruitment firm Summit Executive Search and Selection and told guests of the importance of getting recruitment right – especially in a sport where lives are at stake.
 
Tuxworth goes way back with members of the Absolute Recruitment team, including Claire Davies, who have come together to set up Summit, and he readily agreed to speak to assembled guests from firms including Bentley Motors.
 
He had guests hanging on his every word at Crewe Hall in Cheshire as he told of the extraordinary lengths he goes to when recruiting for Honda Racing, which not only includes a series of interviews for the candidate but also meetings with their families as well.
 
“It’s critical that I get to know people inside and out and have a thorough understanding of both their professional skills and also their lives away from racing before I can make a real assessment about whether they are the right fit for our team," he said.
 
“It may seem a bit excessive to go through such an exhaustive process but our sport is more challenging than any other career I can think of. And that’s because the team works long hours to immovable race day deadlines where people’s lives are on the line and this puts its own extraordinary pressures on every single person at Honda Racing.
 
“In my experience people who perform the best are the ones who are happy. That may sound oversimplistic but it’s true and that’s why I go to such lengths to set aside the time to get to know riders, mechanics and others in our team.
 
“Although it’s not all bikes. A well-reported example of this was Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton who didn’t have the best season last year by his own high standards and there was a lot of media coverage about the troubles he had in his personal life which he admitted had had an impact on him.”
 
Tuxworth was also candid when he told guests that he thought businesses had a tendency to overcomplicate how they managed teams of people and put that down to poor communication from senior management.
 
“In my position I have dealings with a lot of organisations and am constantly amazed that senior managers don’t come down from their ivory towers and walk the floor and chat to their teams,” he added.
 
“They hide behind technology such as email to communicate with people rather than meeting face to face and chat with members of their team.
 
“How are you ever going to get the best out of a team if there’s no connection or camaraderie from the top to the bottom of a business.”
 
Summit’s managing director Jessica Marshall said that there was no better way to launch the company than having such an eminent guest speaker to discuss issues which some would see as challenging.
 
“Neil was a brilliant speaker and so understated, charming and disarming but when you think back over what he said he did cover issues which do challenge some of the conventions of recruitment,” said Jessica.
 
“And when you’re as successful as he has been using the approach he does, it’s hard to argue that he’s cracked it when it comes to his recruitment strategy.
 
“There are definitely ideas we can take forward with Summit as we look to establish the business in the coming months.
 
“We have assembled an experienced team within Summit who are focused and raring to go filling permanent and interim positions from senior engineers through middle management to board level in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, FMCG and manufacturing.”
 
For more information about Summit please visit www.summitsearch.co.uk &lthttp://www.summitsearch.co.uk&gt .

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