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How I Work: Paul Newman, Michael Page Africa Associate Director

December 02, 2019 · 2 min read
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How I Work is a weekly series that seeks to uncover work habits of the most productive people; how they use the internet and technology to drive global or industry-wide impact.

For the past nine years, Paul Newman has recruited for information technology roles across multiple industries, helping companies within the sub-Saharan region find the right talent for their information technology functions. This week, we talk to Paul Newman, Associate Director for recruitment company, Michael Page, to learn how he works.

Current role: Associate Director, Michael Page Africa
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Current computer: A Lenovo desktop computer at the Michael Page office
Current mobile device(s): Samsung and iPhone
Describe how you work in one word: Consistently

Tell us briefly how you started out and how you got where you are today.

My career has been an evolution since the time I boarded a flight to the United Kingdom and “fell” into a sales role. I discovered I had a natural affinity for sales and enjoyed working with people. Along the way, I have learnt many new skills which have enabled me to progress up the career ladder. Today I run key business units for Michael Page in South Africa.

Walk us through a typical workday.

Every day at work is quite different. However, at the core, I manage a team of recruitment consultants, and also regularly meet our clients. At the end of the day, we work towards bringing our clients and candidates together as professionally and efficiently as possible.

What apps, gadgets, or tools can’t you do without?

Professionally, having a presence on social media platforms, especially LinkedIn, is very important. As a keen cyclist, I also can’t help but track progress through data sets available on apps such as Strava.

What’s your favourite shortcut or hack?

Using a shampoo and conditioner combo (2in1)!

What task do you dislike but still do?

Washing the dishes.

How do you keep track of what you have to do?

My wife reminds me.

How do you recharge or take a break?

My cycling takes me all over the country to explore some amazing places that are ideal for the family and breaking away from the daily routine.

Besides work, what do you spend time doing? What do you enjoy?

Cycling, hiking, and spending time with my family and friends.

What are you currently reading, watching, or listening to? What do you recommend?

Work, cycling, and spending time with my family take up most of my time; there is really not much time left to do anything else.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Never give up!

What’s a problem you’re still trying to solve?

How I can be an even better father and husband.

Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Lucie Collard, Senior Manager, Michael Page sub-Saharan Africa.

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Samuel Okike

Samuel Okike


I write about media, technology and internet culture.

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