MAKER STORIES: HIRE CALLING
Ainsley Johnstone and Natalie Firth are young mums and entrepreneurs breaking the mould. Their company, Think Talent, which recently celebrated its two-year anniversary, boasts a unique engagement style shaped by the pair’s experience and the culture they’ve created. Business State sits down with Johnstone and Firth to find out how their leadership style, focus on people and entrepreneurial spirit is satisfying a long-neglected need in the recruitment industry.
What makes the company different is a combination of recruitment expertise and digital marketing nous, taking a strategic approach to helping organisations develop and leverage their employee value propositions to attract top talent. Think Talent is committed to a culture of understanding, flexibility and respect, and is passionate about driving equality in the areas in which it specialises: strategy, finance and growth roles.
The principle of valuing people applies to how Johnstone and Firth manage their team, too. “A good example of that in our business is Jeremy. His wife was going back to work and he was stressed about how to manage that,” says Firth. “He never thought he could be in a place where he could say to someone, ‘I want my wife to go back to work. She’ll be happier. It’s great for our family and our income. What can we do?’ “So we found a way to make it work. He dropped back to four days a week and focused on managing output, not hours. If the output’s there, it’s there. If it’s not, let’s talk about what we need to do.” #MelbMakerStories