Larry Small has recently joined Sheffield as Associate Director with 39 years in the human resource consulting sector. Larry brings a wealth of experience and insight to us. His business in Auckland, Executive Appointment Ltd (EAL), has been merged into Sheffield North Island. Larry can be contacted here.


Tell us broadly about your background?

An MA Graduate from Auckland University and early career as a professional musician and secondary school teacher.

Began a long career in executive recruitment in 1980 and founded Executive Appointments Ltd in Auckland in 1985. Expanded this business with opening of a successful branch in Wellington in 1995.

Sold the Wellington branch (now rebranded as Ichor Leadership Search) and recently folded in the Auckland based business to Sheffield.

An extensive career in executive search within New Zealand and internationally, involving building of high performing and successful leadership and management teams.  


What are you looking forward to about working with Sheffield?

Joining a strong team environment and long established and market leading national brand. The opportunity to work in conjunction with the excellent OD services offered by the company.


Where do you see the future of recruitment heading?

Increasingly online. Growth in job sharing and contracting. Increasing influence of technology, replacing many traditionally recruited employment roles.


What are the biggest challenges facing employers these days?

Finding high quality employees with a strong work ethic, commitment and the talent to make a difference. Keeping up with employment legislation and striving to build a strong and positive work culture.


What's something that more businesses should start doing?

Striving to build a positive and supportive work culture and providing clarity of performance expectations at all levels within the business.


What's something that more businesses should stop doing?

Setting unrealistic expectations for employees and allowing for a culture of double standards to persist.


Favourite business book

“Secrets of a Corporate Head Hunter” by John Wareham… an oldie but a goodie!

 Although it doesn’t qualify as a business book, my best recent read is “Sapiens” by Yuval Harrari. 


Three words to describe you

High standards. Competitive.


 What advice would you give to your 20 year old self?

Take advantage of every opportunity and work hard.


Favourite Quote

“Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value” – Albert Einstein

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