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Career planning: Where are you going? What do you want from your career?

For many people not knowing what they want to be when they grow up stays with them most of their life. Women in particular find it difficult as they are waiting to be selected for their next role based on other people’s views of what they are good at,  rather than being clear about what they want. This becomes the greatest obstacle for success and greatest source of frustration and disappointment.

I was in this situation 4 years ago and breaking a habit of a lifetime of saying No to roles that don’t fit your career brief criteria is really hard.  My third start-up was behind me and I knew I had to stretch myself in a new way and my eyes were firmly set on a corporate role, yet the first five opportunities I was offered were all tech start-ups for US corporates wanted to set up operations in Australia. It was so tempting, as it was what I knew, thank goodness for Phil Crenigan my business coach who kept me focused and challenged me when he had a sniff that I was even entertaining any start-up opportunities.   I am forever grateful for his council on being clear before looking about your next move, and saying No so that when the right opportunity emerged I was ready.

In contrast having a career plan for the next 10, 20 years even if it changes allows you to plan and prepare for your next move. It also allows you to socialize with your peers, mentors, sponsors and executives and gain their input and thoughts on the best options for your future and open up projects that give you exposure where you need it.

I enjoy being on boards of tech start-ups and the businesses I have run over the last 20 years, so I am looking to become a non exec director on ASX boards in the next 10 years. To achieve this I need to be a Senior leader in an ASX business. I spoke to many Senior leaders who were doing the role I am looking to do and all advised me the following: women leave exec leadership too early, you need to remain in exec leadership in ASX businesses until your 60. Many leave in their early 50s and have insufficient experience at a senior level. When asking about education all recommended the AICD course as a must.  Seeking advice of people doing what the role you aspire too is essential for preparing for success.

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. Alan Lakein

 Where are you going? What do you want from your career?

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Career Change

Why move from Tech Start up to Corporate?

Many people are inquiring about my move from start-up, entrepreneurial business

into corporate. Why? how? And am I enjoying it. The why: needed a new leadership challenge, something to stretch me and also to fulfill my longer term plan to get onto boards of ASX business. You cannot get into those roles without having Corporate leadership experience. Many non execs have advised me I need to remain in senior exec roles in corporate for the next 10 years in order to get the experience to be considered for a ASX Board role.

To make the move to corporate, I had to understand the missing skills needed to be successful. As I knew no one who had moved into corporate from tech start-up, I enlisted the services of a Business coach Phil Crenigan. The preparation was essential as I had only been in Australia at that time 3 years and my network in corporate Australia was insufficient to be sponsored into a role. When someone brings you into an organisation you have someone to help you navigate, when you are not known you have to navigate and network from day one.

Des Miller who I had worked for over 20 years recommended the book ‘in the first 90 days’ by Michael Watkins. A great guide to moving into a senior leadership role in a corporation.

The challenge of moving into Corporate was a chance to make a difference. When you have set up a business, that nobody knows about and built three successful business you have to be good at everything; marketing, selling, implementation, finance and growing a team. Taking that entrepreneurial spirit and customer focus in to Telstra has proved to be one of the most rewarding times in my career. The leadership and support is incredible. The strategy is well understood by all and the focus on Customer advocacy is in the DNA of Telstra, thanks to David Thodey’s phenomenal leadership.

Are you ready to make the change?

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Leadership Personal development

How to respect and understand your own values

imageDo you go to bed at night and feel restless?

For me that restlessness is always due to an event that has tested my values or something I did not handle well.  Either of the above forces me to evaluate my behaviour and what I could do differently. When you are sure of your values the reason becomes clear.  I have always treated others the way I would like to be myself, no matter how difficult the circumstance are, when I compromise this value, my sleep is disturbed as I think over what I did and reflect on what I should have done, what I do to fix.

Do you sleep well?

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Judgement Leadership

What am I working on? Judgement


Judgement is an area of development that I have been
working on for three yeaJudgement-1rs! My Business coach brought this poor behaviour to my attention. We all judge
another person in an instance, but what we do next with the judgement is what defines us. A few months ago I was approached by someone from our strategy team about taking on some new customer accounts. We had just been through industry alignment of our customers and it was a big change to our business. It was impractical to take on more customers for at least 3 months. My judgement had already kicked in within a few minutes of the conversation starting, but with three years of discipline I put that aside and focused on the individual.
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Personal development

Importance of taking time off for your team to develop

Never underestimate the importance of being away from the business, to allow your team to grow. Having a 2nd in command(2IC) who represents you when you are away or unable to attend meetings is critical for team development. It also gives a different perspective, which will develop you as a leader.

Succession planning is all about finding opportunities for your talent to lead, so taking leave and secondments can give that all important opportunity to your team to step up.

Why is it important?

  1. The team will thrive as they see opportunity for growth. It also shows trust in their ability to step up
  2. Great learning opportunity for them and you. One of the most challenging times was when I was seconded into another role for 6 months and my 2 IC was dealing with a restructure. My natural reaction is a “rescuer” this is not helpful for your team member. https://thewisemangroup.com/books/multipliers/ I was coached by my boss to stand back and let him navigate on his own. Its hard to watch someone really struggle, but it taught me so much and it was one of the greatest lessons for them as well.
  1. Team takes on more responsibilities as the workload spreads to support the acting manager. One of the team members took on the forecasting from the 2IC and others took on other responsibilities, stretching the whole team, but at the same time making them work even more collaboratively together.
  2. When I returned to my role, my team was functioning even better than when I left it, and it meant that I had more time to support my peers and boss.

Regular breaks and secondments, lead to a healthier life, but the benefits to your team are far greater than you would ever believe. Take a break!

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Help your team realise their dreams

There is a lot of discussion on finding work in what you love doing, is it a good thing or not?

I have had the privilege of working with Jane Ron and John (names changed) all had a passion and it was not what they were doing as a job.

John was a cloud specialist and well regarded by his peers and customers. Every hour outside work was spent filming and editing music videos. When I had my 1;1 s I would ask him how the videos were going and his eyes would light up. One day I said to him, I don’t want to lose you, but I sense you are not fulfilled by your role. John said I would love to make the filming and editing full time, but I am scared of giving up my job.  I said what if you could work 3-4 days a week and spend a day on your filming. John was over the moon, this would be perfect, I can see if this works out for me, whilst working in my role.  Within a month John was working 1-2 days a week on his filming business and 6 months late he was full time, doing what he loved.

As a leader there are many lessons here:

  • helping people realise their dreams is leadership
  • this is a true test of Trust between you and your team member, especially if it is not aligned to what they are doing today
  • other employees are inspired by the leadership as it is focused at the heart of any business the people
  • transitioning is easier to manage than someone resigning, you can plan and ensure the transition is seamless.

A few years later Jane worked in one of the sales teams I led and was a Environmentalist to the core. She was in a sales role and successful, but it was not wanted she really wanted to be doing.  In a mentoring session I asked her to bring some of her passions to the role IE getting everyone on board with recyclable coffee cups. She did many side projects but it was not enough to change how she felt. I encouraged to look at a number of organisations where her passion would be fulfilled and introduced her to people I knew in the field. She finally landed her dream job.  I lost a great sales person, but helped someone pursue their passion.   When I read Jane’s post on linked I am so proud of what she achieved and feel good that I was able to assist her on the journey.

Around the same time Ron one of the Sales managers told me he had been doing sales management for over a decade and was looking to the future where he wanted a operational role in the company. I connected Ron with a mentor in Operations, where I thought they would be an excellent fit in terms of personality and temperaments.  A year later Ron secured the role he wanted in  operations. During that time we worked through Ron’s replacement. A 12 month run way is plenty of time to ensure the successor is ready.

Help your team realise their dreams

 

 

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Book Quotes: Reinventing you by Dorie Clark

Reading ‘Reinventing You’ by Dorie Clark. Came across reinventing youa quote:When the student is ready the teacher will appear. What a thought provoking statement? Through out our lives we never stop learning.

Reinventing You

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Mentoring

How to be a great Mentee?

Having mentors inside and outside the business you are in, is one of the keys to a succesful career.

Once you have secured a mentor, here are the three things you need to do:

 1. Schedule your session monthly, bi- monthly with your mentor(whatever you have agreed), Don’t wait for your mentor to do it, as they are usually senior people with conflicting priorities.

 2. Be prepared for your session. What have you achieved since your last meeting with your mentor? what did you implement and how did that work for you? What is challenging you? What are your goals? What obstacles are there in achieving your goals? 

3. Summarise your actions in the meeting or call and follow up with an email promptly. 

 Are you a great Mentee?

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Personal development

Leadership: Live outside your comfort zone

To live outside your comfort zone you need to be taking part in move out of your comfort zonenew experiences. If you want to be a great leader you need to be someone who challenges others to stretch themselves. If you don’t live outside your comfort zone, how do inspire others? My greatest pleasure from my role today is helping others to realize their potential by challenging them to take on a new activity, develop a new skill, find courage to do something different to achieve a greater outcome for their team.

I have been meaning to join Toastmasters for over 10 years and finally started a year ago. I now speak and evaluate speeches once a month. Three weeks ago I did my first humorous speech and won best speaker. Outside of work I learned to surf at age 45, I love being out on the waves again challenging myself to do something new.

When we learn a new sport or skill or reach a new level of mindfulness, we have to be vulnerable to learn, that’s the mindset of a leader.

What are you doing to live outside your comfort zone?  How are you challenging your team to grow?

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Importance of Networking

networkingDes Miller my boss and mentor said to me when I was in my 20s if someone wants to see you, take the time to meet, you never know what opportunities will arise. Today I have the most amazing network, from practicing this throughout my 30 years in business I have been open to more opportunities, met some great mentors as well as helped so many. When I say help, connected people, found roles for people, the list goes on. The most frequent reason for people to meet me at present, is about having a coach. Happy to share my journey. What goes around comes around?  It is never too early to start on this journey.
How good is your network? Do you help others connect?