Rob Davidson

Rob Davidson is the Founder and Director of Growth at Davidson. He describes his main role in the business as ‘the thinker’. His role connects him to a myriad of recruitment industry leaders and he is passionate about creating a sustainable future for the industry through building better entrepreneurs.

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Black Box Thinking: How to learn from your mistakes

Black Box Thinking: How to learn from your mistakes

Published 13th April 2018 by Rob Davidson, founder of Davidson and executive coach

When you make a mistake, how do you respond to it? Do you acknowledge the mistake and see it as a learning opportunity? Or do you see it as something to hide and be ashamed of? I recently presented a workshop with some of Davidson’s valued contacts in Sydney on Black Box Thinking where we […]

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The number one reason small businesses fail to scale

The number one reason small businesses fail to scale

Published 5th December 2017 by Rob Davidson, Founder of Davidson and Executive Coach

“I’m the only person in this company who has the time to learn on the job.” Every founder or CEO should have this sentence tattooed on their forehead. It comes from the CEO and founder of a tech start-up company. Earlier this week, I was chatting with a leading venture capitalist in the tech sector. […]

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Here’s how to win an argument — even when you’re wrong

Here's how to win an argument — even when you're wrong

Published 30th October 2017 by Rob Davidson, Founder of Davidson and Executive Coach

I was coaching an executive on influencing skills this week. I taught him a technique that I have found incredibly powerful. So powerful, you can even use it to great effect, with evil intent. I’m not suggesting that you’d do this, but I do love a good debate. It’s possible there may have been times, […]

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The right way to accept a job

The right way to accept a job

Published 17th October 2017 by Rob Davidson, Founder of Davidson and Executive Coach

There is only one correct way to accept a job and few people know it. Before I became an executive coach, I was a recruiter for many years and before that, I was a lawyer. My legal days still echo through in some of the career advice I give because, after all, it’s not called […]

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How 10-10-10 thinking can simplify complex career and life decisions

How 10-10-10 thinking can simplify complex career and life decisions

Published 6th October 2017 by Rob Davidson, Founder of Davidson and Executive Coach

This self-coaching tool helped my daughter, Lily, solve her first career crisis and it might help you. Lily woke this morning with a slight hangover, which is ironic because last night she was celebrating having completed her psychology honours thesis on alcohol use among the younger generation – I’m putting it down to post-thesis research. […]

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The single best piece of management advice ever given

The single best piece of management advice ever given

Published 6th June 2017 by Rob Davidson

Would you pay $500,000 for one piece of advice? Charles Schwab, the head of Bethlehem Steel did and he said it was the best advice he ever received. It must have worked because by 1918 Schwab was one of the richest men in the world.   I first heard this story many years ago when […]

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Will you feast on your imperfections or starve on your ego?

Will you feast on your imperfections or starve on your ego?

Published 18th May 2017 by Rob Davidson

To grow and develop at work we must quit our second job, the one we spend so much time on yet don’t even realise we are doing. It’s this second job that literally sucks the life and engagement out of workers and the productivity and profits out of companies. So, what is this insidious second […]

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Are you running a sustainable business or a social experiment?

Are you running a sustainable business or a social experiment?

Published 11th April 2017 by Rob Davidson

When it comes to running a successful business it’s key to remember that A comes before E in the alphabet. As I continue to reflect on what lessons I have learned over the past 25 years in recruitment, I’ve come to realise it all comes down to one word, accountability. Just like A comes before […]

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A Love Story Made Me Cry and Taught Me the Art of Public Speaking

A Love Story Made Me Cry and Taught Me the Art of Public Speaking

Published 31st March 2017 by Rob Davidson

Training exercises don’t usually make grown men cry but this one did. Many years ago, I attended a workshop on public speaking, the technique I learned was so simple and so powerful I have used it ever since. If I describe the exercise, you’ll understand what I mean. There were 12 of us sitting around […]

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Rule 34 – Be a brown rat if you want to succeed

Rule 34 – Be a brown rat if you want to succeed

Published 24th March 2017 by Rob Davidson

            Charles (Red) Scott was a celebrated American CEO and a leading business coach. Towards the end of his career Scott compiled a list of 36 rules or ‘Business Cardinals’ reflecting his philosophy on how to succeed in a competitive business world. Experience has taught me that we ignore Red […]

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