The Savage Truth is the story of Greg Savage, his stellar career in recruitment and the lessons he has learned on leadership, business and life over a career spanning four decades.
The Savage Truth is a must-read for next generation leaders and lovers of business biography. It's a book in two parts. The first part covers Greg’s early life – the people and events that shaped him – and follows his career path, which took him from his hometown of Cape Town around the world before settling in Sydney. He gives an honest, open, often humorous account of his experiences, which reflect how much business has changed over the past 40 years. In the second part of the book, Greg distils his learnings into guidance and advice for his successors in the recruitment industry and, more broadly, to anyone working in business. He covers topics including building a personal brand, negotiating fees and margins, people leverage, performance management, ‘Savage’ leadership skills and preparing for exit towards the end of your career.
Throughout his fascinating career, Greg has learned countless lessons in leadership, business and in life. One of his greatest achievements is his success as a communicator. Greg is one of the most highly respected voices across the global recruitment and professional services industries, speaking regularly to audiences around the world. An early adopter of social media for recruiters, Greg’s industry blog, The Savage Truth, is a must-read in the recruitment industry. In November 2018, he was named one of LinkedIn’s ‘Top Voices’.
The number-one Australian business biography in Nielsen Bookscan's weekly Top 50 (October 2019).
“‘Mr Recruitment International’ is how I think of Greg Savage. We have both been in the business most of our working lives, but I can truly say I have never met a person more passionate and genuinely in love with recruitment than Greg. His natural, infectious enthusiasm is captured perfectly in his book and, after reading it, you will want to follow the ‘Pied Piper’.” Geoff Morgan AM, CEO, Suite Black Pty Ltd, Co-founder of Morgan & Banks and Talent2 “I loved this book. I think it’s not only a great read for anyone remotely connected to recruitment or talent management, but it could also be regarded as a ‘bible’ for how to succeed in business. I, for one, will make this compulsory reading in my own organisation – it is exciting and inspirational.” Geoff Slade, Chairman, Slade Group and Past President RCSA “Greg has found an artful way of blending his legacy, his passion for the recruitment sector and his commitment to remaining relevant in this book. He has chosen to share some deeply personal stories which provide the reader with a great insight into what made him the highly regarded leader he has become in our industry. He falsely claims in this book that he was a good, not a great recruiter, but I beg to disagree. The best recruiters I have met are those who bring their whole selves to work every day, and Greg has been bringing his whole self to our industry for the past four decades, and we thank him for sharing this rollercoaster ride with us in The Savage Truth.” Sinead Hourigan, QLD Director, Robert Walters and President at RCSA ANZ “Informative and inspiring, a thoroughly entertaining read of an extraordinary life in recruitment from one who got it right.” Robert van Stokrom, CEO, DFP Recruitment, Past President and Fellow RCSA (life)
With a career spanning four decades, Greg Savage is a founder of four highly successful businesses, he has led start-ups to IPO, navigated businesses through recessions, boomtimes and the global financial crisis, and he has been headhunted to lead in global recruitment businesses. Greg now acts as a non-executive director for 14 recruitment and HR tech companies in Australia, Singapore and New Zealand and provides consulting, advisory and training services to recruitment, professional services and social media companies across the world.