Forward & Back



photographs contributed by RSR partners and Missy Wolfe

Looking to the Future

Recruiting executives is a bit like matchmaking. “Chemistry matters,” says Russell S. Reynolds Jr.. And Russ knows a thing or two about making perfect corporate matches. In 1969, with just $10,000 in seed money, the eleventh-generation town resident launched Russell Reynolds Associates; the elite corporate recruiting firm that helped elevate the stature of headhunting. To place hundreds of key executives in the C-suites and boardrooms of countless Fortune 500 companies, Russ (who has since left RRA) insists on meticulous, thoroughly ethical searches.

Sometimes, those demanding standards have even meant rejecting his candidates. Take the time that Russ heard something unflattering on the Greenwich train platform about a CEO prospect he recruited. “The company liked him. His [references] were exceptional, but I developed strong reservations about whether he really was a good fit.” The client thanked Russ for his frankness, but hired the candidate anyway. “He didn’t last a year,” Russ chuckles. “But my point is this is not a job you can do well without a tremendous amount of due diligence and candor. Your future relationship depends on it.”

In his new memoir Heads, Russ recounts similar anecdotes from his forty-plus year career. The octogenarian, who founded his second successful search firm, Greenwich-based RSR Partners in 1993, says he hopes his book demystifies the inner workings of top executive recruitment firms.

To that end, he shared his favorite tips for job hunters:

• Write letters (never e-mails) on personal stationery to people you admire. Explain your professional goals. And be flattering while doing so. “They can end up putting you in contact with people making the hiring decisions.”
• Do your interview homework. “Know more about the people you are meeting with than they could possibly know about you.”
• Limit “braggadocio.” There’s a fine line between selling yourself and exaggerating.
• Set clear goals. Be able to describe your dream job in five to ten years.

Reflecting on the Past

Elizabeth Winthrop, the daughter-in-law of Massachusetts Bay Colony founder John Winthrop, lived a life that possessed all the dramatic arcs of a sweeping epic novel: She left post-Elizabethan England to venture into the rugged beginnings of Colonial America, eventually settling in Greenwich. Elizabeth ultimately survived three husbands, birthed seven children, witnessed brutal Native American massacres (one launched from her Greenwich property), and even became embroiled in a political/religious tug-of-war over the legitimacy of one of her marriages.

Historian, author and town resident Missy Wolfe was understandably fascinated by Winthrop and the way her life offered a deeply personal lens into Greenwich’s earliest days. “In 400 years her life has been summarized into obscurity, and yet she had this amazing story,” reflects Missy, also an appraiser of fine and decorative arts.  “She was integrated into a violent, much larger and politically tumultuous period that we learn a lot about just from studying her.”

Missy has told Winthrop’s saga in Insubordinate Spirit: A True Story of Life and Loss in Earliest America. The author says she literally had to “blow the dust off” old and obscure archival documents to research her book, which has been praised as groundbreaking by the historical societies of both Greenwich and Stamford. “As exhausting as the research was, it was also incredibly fun because it took me to a lot of unexpected places,” she says. No doubt it will take you to those places as well.

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • The Many Faces of Multi Media

    2014.09.20
     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • YMCA of Greenwich Harvest Art Week

    2014.10.18
     @ YMCA of Greenwich

    YMCA of Greenwich Harvest Art Week October 18 - 26, 2014 Join us for a week-long celebration of local art! Showcasing established and emerging...

  • Exhibit Ira BARKOFF

    2014.10.11
     @ Canfin Gallery

    “The beauty of the physical world becomes a metaphor for the capacity of the spirit to reveal itself". Ira Barkoff Evocation of...

  • Fine Dining at Crew to Benefit Child Guidance Center

    2014.10.20
     @ Crew Restaurant

    “I am a huge believer in giving back,” says Chris Geideman, Executive Chef and Owner at Crew in Greenwich. “As a community,...

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

  • Undulate: Paintings By Julie Gross and Margaret Neill

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02
     @ Stamford JCC

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • SPLURGE Matches Scarf Donations for Cancer Patients

    2014.10.01
     @ SPLURGE

    SPLURGE and the Cancer Institute at Greenwich Hospital are partnering to bring comfort and encouragement to cancer patients.  From October...

  • Flower Power

    2014.10.08
     @ SM Home Gallery

    SM Home Gallery show featuring two Greenwich based artists: Margaret Bragg and Penny Putnam. The art show runs thorough November 22nd....

  • Financial Literacy 2-Day Lecture Presented by Bob Salomon at YMCA of Greenwich

    2014.10.21
     @ YMCA of Greenwich

    Making sense of the world of finance FREE and open to all *Participants should pick up a copy of the Wall Street Journal on Oct.22, as Bob...

  • Paint the Town Pink

    2014.10.21
     @ Lux Bond & Green

    Key to the Treasure Chest Indulge yourself at an elegant but fun event presented by Lux Bond & Green and Anne Fontaine Preview the newest...

  • Meet Nomi Eve, Author of Henna House

    2014.10.22

    An evocative and stirring novel about a young woman living in the fascinating and rarely portrayed community of Yemenite Jews of the mid-twentieth...

  • Susan G. Komen CT Educational Session at YMCA of Greenwich

    2014.10.22
     @ YMCA of Greenwich

    FREE AND OPEN TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY! Learn about the importance of early detection and screenings Meet the men and women whose work is...

  • Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Networking Event

    2014.10.23
     @ Delamar Hotel

    Greenwich Chamber of Commerce will hold its October After Six Networking event. All are invited to exchange business cards, enjoy appetizers and...

  • October After Six

    2014.10.23
     @ Delamar Hotel

    Join us for After Six Networking at the Delamar Hotel

  • Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

    2014.10.23

    Athome Magazine celebrates Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams' fall collection with fabulous vignettes from some of your favorite A-List designers....

  • Oktoberfest 2014 Greenwich United Way

    2014.10.24
     @ Loading Dock

    Greenwich United Way’s sixth annual “Oktoberfest” fundraiser is set for Friday, October 24 at Stamford’s Loading...

  • The Food Network Open Casting Call for Home Cooks

    2014.10.25
     @ My Cooking Party

    FOOD NETWORK’S TOP CELEBRITY CHEFS ARE SCOURING THE NATION IN SEARCH OF AMAZING HOME COOKS! You’ve watched them on TV, bought their...

  • Greenwich Hospital Gala

    2014.10.25
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    It will be a Gala worthy of a doge when retiring Greenwich Hospital president and CEO, Frank A. Corvino, will be presented with the...

  • The Wilton Fall Antiques Market

    2014.10.26
     @ Wilton High School Field House

    Barnstar Productions and the Wilton Historical Society will present the Wilton Antiques Market. More than 80 exhibitors are expected to...


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