Jeff Grout

Jeff Grout

Jeff Grout was, until 2000, UK Managing Director of Robert Half International, the largest specialist recruitment consultancy in the world. A graduate of the London School of Economics, he joined Robert Half International as a Recruiter at the age of 28, after an eclectic career as a van driver, passport office administrator, cleaner, world traveller and local government town planner.

He remained with Robert Half International for almost 21 years and built up the UK operation from two offices and 12 staff into a business with a domestic turnover of £65 million, 18 offices and over 350 staff.


His accumulated expertise in all aspects of recruitment means that he is often in demand as a commentator, columnist and speaker. He has appeared on television and has participated in numerous radio programmes. Jeff collaborated with the BBC in producing an interview training video and has run seminars for a number of leading companies, including Marks & Spencer, Lloyds Bank, British Airways, Merrill Lynch, Guinness and Lever Brothers.

He is co-author of the book The Adventure Capitalists, which is based on public interviews with 12 leading entrepreneurs and aims to offer an insight into the ingredients of business success. The sequel entitled My Brilliant Career features the subjects of subsequent public interviews with high achievers from the fields of business, sport and the media. He has written the complete insider's guide to the job market entitled Kickstart your Career, which was published in February 2002 and a book on the strategies and tactics for successful recruitment entitled Recruiting Excellence published in May 2002. He is currently conducting research for his next book on the psychology of peak performance entitled Mind Games: The Making of Champions.

Jeff is now an independent business consultant focussing on people management, team building, peak performance, recruitment and retention issues. He holds a number of corporate advisory and executive coaching appointments and also runs various management training workshops on effective selection and client relationship marketing. Jeff is also Business Manager for the former England Rugby Coach, Sir Clive Woodward.

Jeff has spoken to audiences in the UK, USA, Australia, Ireland, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Portugal and the Netherlands.

His keynote speeches include:

Building High Performance Teams

The Characteristics of Success

The Adventure Capitalists

Recruiting Excellence

Creating the Right Work/Lifestyle Balance

Making the Selection Interview More Effective

The Changing Workplace

Building the Recruitment - Retention Bridge

The Making of Champions

His new leadership book entitled 'What You Need to Know about Leadership' was published in 2011.

In 2012 Jeff has also developed a new speech entitled - Sporting Lessons for Business.

What does it take to be a Champion? 

Why do some people consistently break records, cross the line first or hammer the ball in the net with pinpoint accuracy? Natural talent, disciplined training and fitness are vital. But something else makes the difference: the Mind. Mental approach is not only key to success in sport but can also play a vital role in the world of business. Many organisations are currently struggling with the transition from defence to attack. With the London Olympics fast approaching Jeff presents on the Sporting lessons for Business.

By examining the attitudes and approaches that enable sporting champions to achieve peak performance, we can better understand the behavourial competencies for success. What are the key mental characteristics that make winners come out on top while losers choke? What do sportsmen and women mean when they talk about being ‘in the zone’? What is it that coaches do to realise the potential they see? 


"The guys loved your session with them yesterday. They came back to the hotel buzzed up and all talking about it. You had a big and positive impact on them. They all spoke with confidence about what they needed to do and how they had to seize the opportunity and act decisively!" Chief Executive, Jessops

"Many thanks for yesterday – it was exactly what we were after and very enjoyable – we had some very positive comments from the participants afterwards. I hope to bring you back in again soon to speak at some of our talent events so will stay in touch." Talent & Performance Manager, Barclays Bank

"Thanks a lot for your session last week, it was mind opening." Associate Director, Heineken

"Many thanks again for a really tremendous session. It was just what we needed to start the day on a high and was mentioned by everyone who has given us feedback as the highlight of the day." Chief Executive, SAPCA

"Your presentation was very well received indeed and people were talking about it throughout the day." Group Sales Director, Niagara Healthcare

"Thanks so much for yesterday. The feedback was resoundingly positive. It has given everybody lots to think about and a huge boost going into a critical year for us."  Group Chief Executive, Initio International

"You were fantastic! Your ability to hold the audience, provide seamless links, handle our senior speakers and hold everything together is truly inspiring!"  Learning & Development, Barclays Bank

"I really was impressed - a very thought-provoking and challenging presentation. Within a couple of hours of returning to my desk I'd already used a couple of Jeff's ideas." HR Director, Random House Group