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

  • 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...

  • Isaia Fall Trunk Show

    2014.09.19
     @ Richards

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • SoulCycle GWCH for Make-A-Wish CT

    2014.09.20
     @ SoulCycle

    Make-A-Wish Connecticut is thrilled to be partnering with SoulCycle's Greenwich location for a charity ride on Saturday, September 20th!...

  • Wall Street Tennis Challenge

    2014.09.20
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    The goal of The Wall Street Tennis Challenge is to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation’s efforts while spreading awareness...

  • Nam Cho Trunk Show

    2014.09.20
     @ Richards

  • Arts & Crafts on Bedford

    2014.09.20
     @ Bedford Street

    Shop at over 100 craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend. Dine in our extended sidewalk...

  • Puttin’ On The Dog Festival

    2014.09.21
     @ Roger Sherman Baldwin Park

    Puttin’ On The Dog Festival Greenwich, Connecticut the place to be on September 21st for dogs and their owners...

  • Candy Fairies Book Reading

    2014.09.21
     @ Imagine Candy

    SCARSDALE, NY, Imagine Candy brings the acclaimed children's author Helen Perelman, the writer of the wickedly sweet Candy Fairies book...

  • Chizi's Tale Book Launch Party

    2014.09.21
     @ Tudor Investment Campus

    You and your family are invited to join Diane's Books of Greenwich and TUSK USA to celebrate the launch of Chizi's Tale: The True Story...

  • Chizi's Tale Book Launch Party

    2014.09.21
     @ Tudor Investment Campus

    You and your family are invited to join Diane's Books of Greenwich and TUSK USA to celebrate the launch of Chizi's Tale: The True Story...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • "Israel and the U.S."

    2014.09.22
     @ New Canaan Library

    The public is invited to attend a World Affairs Forum Great Decisions event featuring Seth Anziska, Columbia University. Mr. Anziska will speak...

  • Holistic Health Practitioner Kevin W. Reese

    2014.09.24
     @ Meli-Melo

    Meet Holistic Health Practitioner Kevin W. Reese & Take Home a Signed Copy of His New Book! Kevin is a holistic health practitioner,...

  • Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon | Greenwich, CT

    2014.09.25
     @ Milbrook Club

    Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon will be held at Milbrook Club. Registration 11:30am; start at...

  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

    2014.06.05
     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

  • Aaron Henry Trunk Show & Personal Appearance

    2014.09.26
     @ Richards


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