Career Planning

CEOs reveal their paths to the top job

Leading CEOs have revealed their career moves, surprising training grounds and key conversations that have set them on the path to the top job. In a report by Korn Ferry, 11 CEOs including REAs Tracey Fellows, Xero’s Rod Drury, Carnivale’s Ann Sherry, LinkedIn’s Cliff Rosenberg and Lend Lease’s Steve McCann discuss their stories and turning points in their career.

Common themes include non-linear career paths, unexpected forks, sliding door moments, needing to back themselves and gaining diverse experience.

Copy of the report and related articles follow: 

 

 


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What does expertise mean in an automated world

The pace of change is accelerating and it has implications for every market sector. As referenced in this article by the University of NSW, the Institute for the Future’s Future Work Skills 2020 report predicts that within 10 years, ‘new smart machines will enter offices, factories and homes in numbers we have never seen before. They will become integral to production, teaching, combat, medicine, security and virtually every domain of our lives.’ 

Machines will be performing more and more functions but there is a need for people to focus on the things machines don’t do well – critical, creative and innovative thinking, and genuine engagement with others.

How can humans co-work with their AI counterparts and combine automation, data and personal and EQ skills to deliver the best outcomes?

What does expertise mean in an automated world, AGSM, UNSW April 26, 2017 

 


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Do they trust you?

mentoring leadership

We often think competency is the first quality to get across when meeting someone important in your career – a recruiter, a senior executive, a potential sponsor, a client. Research shows trustworthiness is more important. The first question someone you meet asks themselves is – can they trust you? Following this, they assess your strengths and abilities.

Trust is built through relationships, demonstrating warmth, being authentic and honest. Key qualities that are important for strong mentoring relationships and influencing others in all aspects of your career.

A Harvard psychologist says people judge you based on 2 criteria when they first meet you, Jenna Goudreau, Business Insider. 


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Immediate career support

Our Next Level Coaching program is designed for professionals wanting short-term support and advice on immediate career decisions, workplace challenges and goal setting. Participants are carefully matched with a coach selected from our network of experienced professionals. Find out more here.


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Why goal-setting matters

John McGrath, McGrath Real Estate Founder and Executive Director on the importance of goal-setting


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