SE E2: Sara & John from Finlay James and Talentskowt

Listen to Sara and John tell their story of Sara joining John in the business 10 years in and their Couplepreneur journey since then. Truly inspiring with so many learnings to take away.
In this episode John and Sara Gaughan take us back to when they met 29 years ago and their journey together since. We hear how John knew within 4 months of getting his break in to recruitment that he was going to do it for the rest of his career. He’d found something he was good at, he enjoyed and he could embrace. 

Whilst John initially went on to found Finlay James, a digital and tech recruitment business, it wasn’t until 10 years on that Sara joined the business. This is such an interesting story of how that came about and how John and Sara had never even thought about working together until one evening when this came up in conversation over a drink with John and his business partner. We talk about what’s been happening since joining forces to become a Couplepreneur. We cover growth, culture, self-care, diversity, alcohol and integrating all facets of life and how they manage it all. And we also talk about the children of Couplepreneurs. 

Sara shares more on and the impact Patty had on her. Sara also discusses her Masters and some of its key and enlightening findings. 

It’s really exciting to witness their innovation with the new offices in San Francisco and New York and the creation of Talentskowt, their new brand in 2019. You will get a sense of the passion they bring together in everything they do. And how strong they are together. They are learning so much, trialling new initiatives and tell us what hasn’t worked and what they’ve learnt in the process. We discuss 'boomerangs', effective decision making (24 seconds, 24 minutes, 24 hours) and hone in on some of the things they have learnt about one another particularly around risk taking. 

They also share more about living in the present and future and how that has changed, particularly for John. 

Inspiring, endearing, insightful and provocative in equal measures. 

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