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“A high performance culture is driven by clear
expectations and consistent feedback and coaching.
A high performance culture is never about luck.”
Ross Clennett 


Listen to Ross’s interview with Phil Preston on his Talking Purpose podcast series (July 2022)

Talking Purpose with Ross Clennett (Ep11)

Listen to Ross’s interview with Pete Watson on his Recruitment Journeys podcast series (August 2022)

Ross is a high performance recruitment coach and recruitment industry blogger and commentator

Since his undergraduate days at the University of Tasmania Ross has been in numerous student, sporting, community and business leadership roles which has developed his passion for understanding the art & science of attracting, recruiting and leading talent in many areas of life.Ross’s original qualification was gained in economics (B.Ec. 1988). More recently he has qualified as a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP, 2006).

As a professional recruiter, between 1989 and 2003, Ross screened over 80,000 resumes, interviewed over 3,000 people and successfully placed over 1,500 people in work. Over this time he worked in London, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne.

Since 2003 Ross has run his own business,, providing a range of services to the recruitment industry in Australia and New Zealand, predominantly high performance coaching and online recruitment and leadership programs.

For over fifteen years Ross has been writing forthright opinion pieces on recruitment, the recruitment industry, the labour market and high performance. Initially these articles were published in recruitment industry magazines and on specialist recruitment websites, both in Australia and overseas. Since 2007 Ross has been publishing a popular weekly blog with many of his posts having been reproduced elsewhere, online and in print.

Ross has been professionally recognised by the designation, Fellow (FRCSA) awarded by the Recruitment & Consulting Services Association (Aus & NZ). In 2011 and 2012 Ross was a national finalist in the RCSA’s Outstanding Contribution Award given in recognition of, amongst other criteria, to a person who has raised the professionalism of the industry through their contribution.

Ross started his career with the UK’s largest public recruitment company, Hays, back in Australia two years later he commenced working for Australian recruitment industry leader, Greg Savage, at Recruitment Solutions. He built a high billing personal temp desk before hiring and coaching a number of consultants who have subsequently developed into top performing consultants in their respective niches. Subsequently Ross worked at SACS Consulting and the Slade Group, both in Melbourne.

Ross lives with his wife, Michelle, and children Guy, Nikki and James on the Mornington Peninsula, south east of Melbourne.

Beside his family, Ross’s other interests include cricket, the Sydney Swans, Arsenal Football Club, The Smith Family child education initiatives, breast cancer fundraising, surf lifesaving, open water swimming, music, politics, reading, horse racing, current affairs and travel.

Ross RNA graffiti 2024

“As the leader, it is not your job to motivate each person every day, but…

it is your job to create an environment in which people find it easy to motivate themselves.”
Ross Clennett

Ian Scott

Manager Technologies, Randstad New Zealand

"I attended Ross' LCHP course this year and I find myself reverting back to the tips and tools I picked up on a regular basis. Simple concepts delivered well. "

Chris Gander

Director of Recruiting, xCalibre Ignite

"Ross is a trusted advisor, a wealth of knowledge about the "right way" for recruitment. His Rookie Recruiter webinar program is great for old hands, who are fixed in their ways, and a huge benefit for those new to our industry."

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