If you want to have an incredibly successful, vibrant, long-lasting career, then please- there is no need to be a 100 percenter. All you need to be is a 5 percenter. Here’s why. I’ve just returned from the Cannes Creativity Festival. I paid my own way. No pointy end plane trip and five star hotel paid by a cosy corporate master. Just me. Backing myself. The reason I’m doing it is because of that secret to career longevity and success. Do this, and thrive. Here it is:
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Fear, doubt, uncertainty, self-criticism. That’s how it feels. Leadership can suck. That’s why I am putting my hand up for this. And you can too.
The actor Will Smith gave me some brilliant advice this week. It’s the secret to business success today. Get it wrong, and you’re stuffed. Here it is.
I’ve never seen a Will Smith movie, nor paid him any attention. So when he spoke to a packed room at the Cannes Creativity Festival this week, I was ready to be underwhelmed. Well, he was brilliant. Impressive. Focussed, with a genuine purpose to make a difference. It was this advice given to him by his son, who he’d flippantly advised to cheat on his girlfriend rather than end a 10 year relationship, that was the deepest insight. Will’s son told him this:
Possums subscribers- huge news for little old me. It took a year longer than planned. Something you have been waiting for with bated breath. Relax. Here it is!!!
Savage Oxygen…. my new book!!! A ‘mobile mentor’ of inspiration for happier, more successful careers.
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Are you neglecting the most valuable asset you have to power your career during turbulent times? I bet you are. Here’s the warning sign that your career is in big danger. And what to do about it.
Keeping at the leading edge of our industries to remain relevant and valuable is one of the defining career challenges of our times. Often, it’s about keeping up with technology. But that’s not enough. Underpinning all successful careers is a platform of goodwill and support which we often give low priority to. Yet the ‘danger sign’ is flashing loud and clear if we just pause a moment and reflect upon it. Here it is.
“I accept your resignation as you are not a cultural fit with us,” the Chairman said. I was effectively sacked. It felt bad. This happened last week. Now it feels great. Here’s why.
For the Chairman of the not-for-profit volunteer Board to fire my sorry derrière off the Board team meant the rest of the Board must have agreed. I was surprised. I had been ‘putting it in’ with considerable effort, had made significant professional and personal sacrifice to contribute, felt the relationships were solid, yet something had clearly gone very wrong. ‘Cultural fit’ means one thing only: ‘we don’t like you.’ Then I saw the learning in an article about former David Jones CEO Paul Zahra, who said on his career decisions post exiting that role:
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