Headstart: Management – A Week in the life …

Bob Leach is managing director of Resources Connection UK, a subsidiary of Resources Connection Inc, a NASDAQ-quoted professional services firm.

Leach has been a management consultant specialising in financial management and a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He served as a CIMA council member from 1990 to 1994 and as chairman of CIMA’s Europe committee from 1992-1994.


After a full weekend decorating at home, I am even more enthusiastic than usual to get back to the business. Not that this is a very difficult business to get enthusiastic about; like most new companies, it brings a variety of challenge and activity that is hard to beat. Today is largely focused on our shortly to be implemented direct marketing campaign. Our challenge is to convey our message to the marketplace in a most compelling way.


Straight out to a client meeting. This is the part of my role which I like the most. We discuss the progress of an associate we have recently placed and touch on a couple of other opportunities that are likely to arise. A very good meeting and a super client. Back to the office to look at some final plans for our new office space – we’ve recently signed a lease on a new facility close to Liverpool Street station. Attend an evening seminar on UK employment issues held by our lawyers. Given our unique employment model we are keen to ensure we are meeting all regulations.


A full morning interviewing potential candidates to join our finance and accounting associate group. These people are the heartland of our business as they work out in our clients’ offices, so we are very meticulous in their selection. Our associates are all qualified and experienced professionals, many of whom are looking to move out of line roles into more project-based work.


More client discussions this morning; we are pushing hard on our business development campaign. Begin preparing our presentation to an international meeting of fellow Resources Connection directors, to be held later in the year.


Speak to the group controller of a large FMCG company introduced by our parent. They need our associates to help with some issues they have in their shared services centre. Great! Spend the rest of the afternoon reviewing candidates to put forward on Monday. Head for home after a busy week … and the good news is no decorating.

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