Close-Up: 24 Hours with ... Gary Stolkin, Stolkin + Partners

Name: Gary Stolkin Job: Managing partner, Stolkin + Partners Professional mission: Build a global talent hub based on expertise and integrity Personal mantra: Do as you would be done to

8.15am Taxi from Sloane Square. Solicitor calls to discuss contractual detail on Kendall Tarrant merger.

8.30am Breakfast with agency chief exec. He's impressed by the people he's hired from us, but he's unhappy we poached one of his people earlier in the year. He agrees we can't offer our clients access to all the top talent if we're barred from talking to people at certain agencies.

9.50am Get to the office and work through e-mails. Clients call to give feedback on interviews; candidates call to chase for feedback.

11.20am Quick status meeting with my partner, Lucy Meredith. She's on a roll: two more creative director placements. Talk about Kendall Tarrant merger.

11.40am Client calls to offer a candidate a head of planning role. Tell candidate. He's over the moon.

12.10pm Status meeting with our account handling search team. A senior account director due to start work next week has pulled out because current employer has made massive counter offer. Hadn't anticipated the magnitude and understand candidate's decision. Client will go apeshit, but we do have a plan.

1.00pm Lunch with a newly appointed EMEA chairman. Can we help him find a new chief executive for his Frankfurt office?

3.00pm Interview senior planner. He wants to step up into management. Excellent craft skills, but doesn't feel like a planner manager. Leadership stuff may be missing from his DNA. Talk about how he can develop his planner manager skills.

5.00pm Interview senior account director. He thinks he's underpaid and that he should be working at Wieden & Kennedy. I think he's overpaid and that he'd be a dreadful fit for Wieden's. Need to get him to understand his strengths and weaknesses and where he'll do best.

6.30pm Catch up with a frustrated MD.

8.00pm Gym. Chance to reflect.

9.00pm Taxi home. Only time I get to call parents, brother, couple of friends and Thai takeaway. Too knackered to cook.

10.30pm Get into bed as ten o'clock news ends.

10.45pm Get out of bed to call office and leave myself a message on my voicemail. I'll probably do this two or three times tonight ...


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