Reframe & Reset Your Career
Episode 16. Future Proofing Your Career

Episode 16. Future Proofing Your Career

July 28, 2021

“It's easier than ever for you to do those kind of experiments, so you can instead of deciding to launch a newsletter you can start writing on Medium and get feedback in terms of whether or not people are interested and I remember for myself I loved my job that was in venture capital and so at some point I was invited to join an Incubator, an angel investing fund, and I decided not to do it … I decided to just stay in my job and allocate a portion of my salary to investing in companies and I went on the advisory board for them instead of joining them as a partner”, Diana Wu David kindly shared with me on Episode 16 of the Reframe & Reset Your Career podcast.

Diana is a former Financial Times executive, author of Future Proof: Reinventing Work in an Age of Acceleration and an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School’s EMBA Global Asia. She started out her career working on high level strategy as a management consultant and as an assistant to Dr. Henry Kissinger.

She works with global leaders, companies and boards to enhance their ability to adapt, contribute, collaborate and grow.  She has consulted with or spoken to clients including JP Morgan, AXA, Credit Suisse, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, the World Bank, Asia Development Bank, Expedia and Randstad.

She is a futurist and writes about the future of work for publications including Fast Company, Inc and Thrive and speaks globally on the future of work, corporate governance and boards and East-West issues.

It's always fun to chat with Diana and we had a great conversation talking about the following:

Starting Her Career Working For Dr Henry Kissinger;

Having An Experimentation Mindset;

Reflecting And Learning From Every Job Move;

Being Strategic With Your Career And Looking To The Future;

Transitioning From A Corporate To A Portfolio Career;

The Four Aspects Of Future Proofing Your Career;

The Power of Your Network;

The Importance of Adaptability In Your Career;

Resilience;

Taking Action On A Regular Basis; and

Being Proactive When Looking For Opportunities.

 

Resources & People Mentioned

Mizuta Masahide 

Henry Kissinger

Diana’s TEDx Talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBObnvIZGwE

Donna Eiby

World Economic Forum Article on Skills of Tomorrow - https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/10/top-10-work-skills-of-tomorrow-how-long-it-takes-to-learn-them/

Dorie Clark

Tammy Gooler Loeb

 

Contact Diana

https://dianawudavid.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianawudavid/

https://twitter.com/dianawudavid

https://www.facebook.com/dianawudavidpage/

https://www.instagram.com/dianawudavid/

 

Reframe & Reset Your Career Resources & Contact Info

YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHASU4QApsJ3RsOFo1zTnhQ

E-mail - reframeandresetyourcareer@harshaboralessa.com

It would be great to hear from you, the listeners, and your thoughts about the podcast and YouTube channel or anything else, it's always a pleasure to hear from you. I have had some great reviews but not had any way of responding. Thanks so much for your support and have a great week!

 

*Reframe & Reset Your Career, including any comments made by the host and guests, is for informational purposes only and does not constitute advice of any description, including but not restricted to financial, legal, investing or medical advice.*

Episode 15. Becoming Forever Employable

Episode 15. Becoming Forever Employable

July 14, 2021

"If I could figure out how to reclaim control over my career so instead of me pushing myself out into the market, if I could create a situation where I am attracting, I'm pulling opportunities towards me, well that would guarantee that no matter what came my way, whether I was 35 or 40 or 45 or whatever there was always an inbound stream of opportunities" Jeff Gothelf kindly shared this with me on Episode 15 of the Reframe & Reset Your Career podcast.

Jeff helps organisations build better products and executives build the cultures that build better products. He is the co-author of the award-winning book Lean UX and the Harvard Business Review Press book Sense & Respond.

Jeff started his career as a designer working with the first companies to use the internet as a new communication, sales and service channel. He now works as a coach, consultant and keynote speaker helping companies bridge the gaps between business agility, digital transformation, product management and human-centred design.

Most recently Jeff co-founded Sense & Respond Press, a publishing house for practical business books for busy executives. His most recent book, Forever Employable, was published in June 2020. He has also written Lean vs Agile vs Design Thinking.

In recent years, I have developed a keen interest in technology and it was great to chat with Jeff about that and other topics including:

His Early Life As A Musician;

Transitioning To Becoming A UX Designer;

How “Enthusiastic Scepticism” Has Shaped his Career;

Thinking Of Your Career As A Start Up;

Noticing And Adapting To Industry Trends;

The Five Steps and Qualities To Becoming Forever Employable;

Self Confidence & Managing Imposter Syndrome;

The Importance Of Execution & Taking Action;

Why Story Telling Is So Important; and

Creating A Routine.

 

People & Resources Mentioned

Janice Fraser

Information Architecture For The World Wide Web - Louis Rosenfeld & Peter Morville

Astro Teller & his TED talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t13Rq4oc7A

So Good They Can’t Ignore You - Cal Newport

Alden Mills

Ali Abdaal

Seth Godin

Josh Seiden

 

Contact Jeff

https://jeffgothelf.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/gothelf/

https://twitter.com/jboogie

https://www.facebook.com/foreveremployable

 

Reframe & Reset Your Career Resources & Contact Info

YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHASU4QApsJ3RsOFo1zTnhQ

E-mail - reframeandresetyourcareer@harshaboralessa.com

 

It would be great to hear from you, the listeners, and your thoughts about the podcast and YouTube channel or anything else, it's always a pleasure to hear from you. I have had some great reviews but not had any way of responding. Thanks so much for your support and have a great week!

 

*Reframe & Reset Your Career, including any comments made by the host and guests, is for informational purposes only and does not constitute advice of any description, including but not restricted to financial, legal, investing or medical advice.*

 

Episode 14. Thinking Creatively To Overcome Obstacles And Find Success

Episode 14. Thinking Creatively To Overcome Obstacles And Find Success

June 30, 2021

"You've got to think “well is this how I want to spend a significant portion of my life” because time is the one thing that we cannot replace … but there's just something in your gut that says this isn't right and you just have to keep taking the next step and the next step … and eventually hoping that all those steps will take you to a place where this is where I need to be and the experiences I've had in the past all lend themselves to me being successful in this moment in this time that I'm at now” Shola Kaye, kindly shared this great insight with me on Episode 14 of the Reframe & Reset Your Career podcast.

Shola Kaye is a multi award-winning speaker, specialising in communication, leadership and D.E.I (diversity, equity & inclusion). She is passionate about helping organisations create an atmosphere of belonging for their people and for those individuals, in turn, to have the skills needed to make their full contribution with powerful and effective communication. She does this through workshops and consulting.

Shola has had an amazingly diverse career. After graduating from Cambridge University and Emory University, she worked for blue-chip corporates in the high pressure industries of investment banking and IT management consulting in New York and London.

She then pursued her dream of performing as a Professional jazz and Motown singer, both internationally and throughout the UK. Whilst still performing, she started her business, which she has been running successfully for a number of years.

She has performed for, or spoken in front of tens of thousands of people internationally. She has delivered for clients like American Express, Tate & Lyle and The United Nations, and been featured in or written for Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and the BBC.

She is the author of two books “Big Talk, Small Talk” and “How to be a Diva at Public Speaking”.

I first met Shola through the Toastmasters programme, although she was a  significantly more accomplished public speaker than me. Shola is a Distinguished Toast Master, the highest level you’re able to achieve.

It was such a pleasure to talk with Shola and we discussed the following:

 

Overcoming Adversity To Move From Teaching To Management Consulting;

Exploring Change When You’re Not Satisfied;

Life As A Management Consultant;

Creating More Inclusive Meetings;

Gaining Greater Self-Confidence;

Following Her Childhood Dream To Become A Professional Singer;

Managing Nervousness Before Speaking Or Performing;

Developing Your Personal Brand And Managing Your Career;

Becoming A Published Author;

Preparing For and Story Telling In Interviews; and

Communication Tips For Work.

 

 

People & Resources Mentioned

Think Big - Dr Grace Lordan

Thinking Fast And Slow - Daniel Kahneman

Noise - Daniel Kahneman

Mini Habits - Steven Guise

Oprah Winfrey

Zig Ziglar

Oprah Winfrey

 

Contact Shola

https://sholakaye.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sholakaye/

https://www.instagram.com/speakuplikeadiva/

https://twitter.com/SpeakUpDIVA

 

Reframe & Reset Your Career Resources & Contact Info

YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHASU4QApsJ3RsOFo1zTnhQ

E-mail - reframeandresetyourcareer@harshaboralessa.com

 

It would be great to hear from you, the listeners, and your thoughts about the podcast and YouTube channel or anything else, it's always a pleasure to hear from you. I have had some great reviews but not had any way of responding. Thanks so much for your support and have a great week!

 

*Reframe & Reset Your Career, including any comments made by the host and guests, is for informational purposes only and does not constitute advice of any description, including but not restricted to financial, legal, investing or medical advice.*

Episode 12. Work From The Inside Out

Episode 12. Work From The Inside Out

June 16, 2021

"There are ways that you can try to connect with somebody and let them feel seen and understood, it reminds me of something that Dale Carnegie said “be interested not interesting”, so take the focus off of yourself and show an interest in the other person but in a way where you are genuinely interested not just on the surface" Tammy Gooler Loeb kindly shared with me on Episode 12 of the Reframe & Reset Your Career podcast.

Tammy is an Executive and Career Coach, Speaker, Facilitator and the founder and host of the “Work From The Inside Out” podcast. She is passionate about working with clients to achieve growth and deeper satisfaction in their careers and work relationships. She does this by providing individual coaching, training, speaking programs and team facilitation in a wide variety of industries and professions.

Tammy brings over 25 years of professional experience to her work and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach by the Coaches Training Institute and a graduate of the Co-Active Space Leadership Program. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Hampshire College and an MBA from Boston University.

Prior to establishing her practice, Tammy held a variety of positions in mental health services, higher education administration, public policy analysis and fundraising. Her practical knowledge and experience in organizational and leadership development, workplace communications, and change management builds a relatable relationship with clients striving for higher performance results.

Tammy is the author of a book also titled “Work From The Inside Out”, which will be published later in the year.

It was a particular pleasure having Tammy on the show as she has been a great supporter and invited me on to her podcast shortly after we first met last year. I had a great time on her show and this helped push me to launch my podcaast in January and a YouTube Channel shortly afterwards.

Tammy and I had a great conversation and discussed the following:

 

Forming Meaningful Connections and Developing Your Network;

How Her Parents Influenced Her Life’s Work;

Working In The Mayor’s Office In Boston & Insights Into Public Policy;

Starting The “Work from the Inside Out” Podcast And Writing Her Book;

Acknowledging Your Fears and Not Allowing Them To Stop Your Progress;

What Does Success Really Mean?;

Confidence and Reframing Negative Thoughts; and

Building Your Profile & Brand.

 

Resources & People Mentioned

Maya Angelou

Influence - Dr Robert B. Cialdini

Dale Carnegie

Taming Your Gremlin – Richard Carson

Dr Andrew D. Hubermann

Simon Sinek

 

Contact Tammy

https://www.tammygoolerloeb.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tammygoolerloeb

https://www.facebook.com/TammyGoolerLoebCoaching/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

https://twitter.com/tammygoolerloeb?lang=en

https://www.instagram.com/tammygoolerloeb/

 

Reframe & Reset Your Career Resources & Contact Info

YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHASU4QApsJ3RsOFo1zTnhQ

E-mail - reframeandresetyourcareer@harshaboralessa.com

 

It would be great to hear from you, the listeners, and your thoughts about the podcast and YouTube channel or anything else, it's always a pleasure to hear from you. I have had some great reviews but not had any way of responding. Thanks so much for your support and have a great week!

 

*Reframe & Reset Your Career, including any comments made by the host and guests, is for informational purposes only and does not constitute advice of any description, including but not restricted to financial, legal, investing or medical advice.*

Episode 11. White Belt Mentality: The Art Of Remaining An Eternal Student

Episode 11. White Belt Mentality: The Art Of Remaining An Eternal Student

June 2, 2021

"It’s no longer about just what you know, it’s about how you can keep learning, keep evolving because the world doesn’t stay still, the world keeps changing and it’s our ability to remain an eternal student, adopt that white belt mentality, that will help us navigate these uncertain times" Simon Alexander Ong kindly shared with me on Episode 11 of the Reframe & Reset Your Career podcast.

Everything that Simon does is built around inspiring people to see their world differently and igniting their imagination of what is truly possible so that they can unleash their deepest potential.

From a young age, Simon has always been curious about learning and exploring the areas of personal fulfilment, human potential and organisational success. This curiosity was accelerated following his departure from the financial industry, in which he began his career in following graduation from the London School of Economics. Studying the mindset and habits of successful leaders and organisations, Simon enjoys distilling his insights into lessons that can be easily understood and codifying the key principles that have had the biggest impact.

He speaks at international events, conferences and corporate events that have included those organised by Google, London School Of Economics, Barclays UK, The Institute Of Directors, Virgin, O2, Salesforce, 10 Downing Street, Natwest, Enterprise Nation and Microsoft.

As a life coach and business strategist, Simon also helps leaders, entrepreneurs, organisations and celebrities to transcend perceived limitations and experience extraordinary transformations through the power of insight, perspective and energy management.

Simon's has been featured in a wide range of publications that include the The Financial Times, Women's Health, HuffPost, Cosmopolitan, Forbes, Virgin StartUp and Harvard Business Review. He has also been interviewed on Sky News, BBC Radio London, LBC radio's Business Hour show and for Barclays UK adverts.

He is in the process of writing his first book with Penguin Random House.

I had a great talk with Simon and we discussed the following:

 

Creativity;

The Value of Hard Work;

Acquiring New Skills;

Finding a Job in Investment banking Despite Struggling At University;

Creating A Compelling Story;

Control What You Can Control;

How Curiosity Helps You On Your Career Journey;

Transition from into Coaching & Entrepreneurship;

The Benefits of Mentors & Support;

His New Book And The Importance of Energising Yourself; and

How Adding Value Today Can Help Your Career And Life.

 

Resources & People Mentioned

Professor Vincent Walsh

Jim Rome

So Good They Can’t Ignore You - Cal Newport (Just to clarify, Cal Newport does not advocate following your passion)

Think And Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill

 

Contact Simon

https://www.simonalexanderong.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonalexanderong/

https://twitter.com/SimonAlexanderO

https://www.facebook.com/simonalexanderong.official

https://www.instagram.com/simonalexandero/

https://www.youtube.com/user/simonong

 

Reframe & Reset Your Career Resources & Contact Info

YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHASU4QApsJ3RsOFo1zTnhQ

E-mail - reframeandresetyourcareer@harshaboralessa.com

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/reframe-reset-your-career/?viewAsMember=true 

 

It would be great to hear from you, the listeners, and your thoughts about the podcast and YouTube channel or anything else, it's always a pleasure to hear from you. I have had some great reviews but not had any way of responding. Thanks so much for your support and have a great week!

 

*Reframe & Reset Your Career, including any comments made by the host and guests, is for informational purposes only and does not constitute advice of any description, including but not restricted to financial, legal, investing or medical advice.*

Episode 10. Recycleye: Turning Trash Into Treasure

Episode 10. Recycleye: Turning Trash Into Treasure

May 19, 2021

“Recycleye was Victor looking at the waste industry and also what I was doing in computer vision and then … here's some technology that could solve this problem and applying it to the industry … specifically on things that are currently manual” Peter Hedley told me on Episode 10 of the Reframe & Reset Your Career podcast.

Peter is the co-founder and CTO of Recycleye, a London-based intelligent waste management start up, which is training the world’s most powerful recycling robotics  with machine learning to sort recycling waste in a more efficient manner. Recycleye was founded by Victor Dewulf, CEO, and Peter, who first met at the University of Bath.

Their team of technologists and creatives has developed computer vision algorithms that replicate the power of human vision to identify every item in entire waste streams – broken down by material, object and even brand. 

Recycleye secured £1.2 million in seed funding last December with MMC Ventures and Playfair Capital leading the round, with participation from leading funds. They recently sold their first machine, which is an amazing achievement!

Peter has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Bath and a Masters in Computer Science from Imperial College, London.

I first met Peter three years ago when he was setting up a Technology Club along with Jack Young and Sam Collins. I knew nothing about technology but was interested in learning more and became friends with Peter, Jack and Sam. Peter was helpful when I started designing a personal development App based on neuroscience and psychology and from this research came the Reframe & Reset Your Career Podcast and YouTube channel.

Peter and I had such a great conversation and we talked about the following:

 

His Interest in Technology and Pivot to Computer Science,

Meeting Victor and the start of Recycleye,

How He Finds New Ideas,

Technology as a medium of delivering content,

Reimagining your Career as a Start Up and Extracting Value for Your Skills,

The Reality of Working For a Start Up,

Thinking Creatively to Develop Their First Prototype,

Ways of Developing Creativity.

The Evolution of His Role As Recycleye Has Grown,

Switching Between Deep Work And Daily Tasks,

Managing Uncertainty On A Personal & Company Level

Finding A Path Into The Tech Industry, and

Fostering An Open Company Culture

 

Resources & People Mentioned

The Culture Code: The Secret of Highly Successful Groups – Daniel Coyle

Steve Jobs Stanford Speech - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc

Steve Wozniak

Garry Tan

Mindset – Dr Carol S. Dweck

Jeff Bezos

The Mom Test – Rob Fitzpatrick

Johnny Marr - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PV8-5zbbBI

Dorie Clark

The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod

 

Contact Peter

https://recycleye.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-hedley/

 

Reframe & Reset Your Career Resources & Contact Info

YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHASU4QApsJ3RsOFo1zTnhQ

E-mail - reframeandresetyourcareer@harshaboralessa.com

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/reframe-reset-your-career/?viewAsMember=true 

 

It would be great to hear from you, the listeners, and your thoughts about the podcast and YouTube channel or anything else, it's always a pleasure to hear from you. I have had some great reviews but not had any way of responding.

Please feel free to join the LinkedIn page, details above. Thanks so much for your support and have a great week!

 

*Reframe & Reset Your Career, including any comments made by the host and guests, is for informational purposes only and does not constitute advice of any description, including but not restricted to financial, legal, investing or medical advice.*

Episode 9. Finding Your Path: The Conscious Career

Episode 9. Finding Your Path: The Conscious Career

May 5, 2021

"When you're talking about this idea that you must have this passion or know what you want or even this sense of purpose, I think we've in a way gone too far with that and now I meet a lot of people who feel this pressure very early on in their career to know what their perfect job will be", Emilie West kindly shared with me on Episode 9 of the  Reframe & Reset Your Career podcast.

Emilie is passionate about empowering individuals and businesses to achieve their goals through transformational change and draws on her extensive experience working in investment banking and personal development to achieve this.

She offers coaching, business consulting and professional speaking services across a range of areas including leadership, brand and image, wellbeing and emotional intelligence.

She has 14 years Investment Banking experience most recently heading up the Leadership Development programme for RBS Corporate & Institutional Banking, transforming leadership and wellbeing for 1000+ staff. She was also Head of Personal Development for the RBS Women's network.

As a nutritional therapist she specialises in stress management and works with companies to setup educational and engaging wellbeing programmes that will make a tangible difference to individuals health and resilience through practical and easy to make changes.

As well as providing mentorship for young professionals, she also supports the charities Action for Children and the HER Centre.

Emilie and I had such a fun conversation and we talked about the following:

 

Bouncing Back From Being Made Redundant From Her First Job

Showing Resilience to Overcome Health Issues

Why You Don’t Have to Follow Your Passion

The  Importance of Personal Branding

Moving from Finance to Coaching

Growth Mindset and Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

Balancing Perfectionism and Getting Things Done

Dealing with Uncertainty and

Strategies for Finding a New Job

 

Resources mentioned

Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway – Susan Jeffers

Growth Mindset – Dr Carol S Dweck

Can’t Hurt Me - David Goggins

How To Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

Thrive Global article - https://thriveglobal.com/stories/why-unhappiness-is-helpful-and-what-to-do-with-it/

 

Contact Emilie

https://www.linkedin.com/in/emiliewest/

alchemycoaching.co.uk 

 

Reframe & Reset Your Career Resources & Contact Info

YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHASU4QApsJ3RsOFo1zTnhQ

E-mail - reframeandresetyourcareer@harshaboralessa.com

 

It would be great to hear from you, the listeners, and your thoughts about the the podcast and YouTube channel or anything else, it's always a pleasure to hear from you. I have had some great reviews but not had any way of responding. Thanks so much for your support and have a great week!

 

*Reframe & Reset Your Career, including any comments made by the host and guests, is for informational purposes only and does not constitute advice of any description, including but not restricted to financial, legal, investing or medical advice.*

Episode 8. The Mindset of a Pro Athlete

Episode 8. The Mindset of a Pro Athlete

April 21, 2021

"Most guys who are playing professionally are good players technically and there’s not a huge amount to differentiate them. So what often is the factor that sets them apart … is what they’re like mentally", Robbie White, kindly shared with me on Episode 8 of the Reframe & Reset Your Career podcast.

Robbie is a professional cricketer with one of England’s top cricket clubs, Middlesex CCC. Robbie has been on Middlesex’s radar from the age of 10 and spent three years in their Academy before gaining a full-time contract with the club.

Prior to becoming a full time professional cricketer with Middlesex, Robbie attended Loughborough University, where he studied Psychology as he has always been interested in the mental side of sport.

Robbie is a batsman and wicket keeper and he scored heavily in the 2nd team which helped him into the first team in 2018 & 2019. He also spent a stint on loan at Essex in 2019, giving him yet more valuable experience at a first team level, where he played with Sir Alastair Cook, one of England’s greatest cricketers, and Peter Siddle, one of Australia’s top fast bowlers.

Over the winter Robbie used his time off to start working for David James Wealth as a Client Relationship Manager to start gaining experience in the business world to help him navigate his life after cricket.

I was interested in interviewing Robbie as I played a lot of cricket when I was young, funnily enough, I played for the junior Middlesex and Essex teams,  and found the mental side of cricket fascinating! Cricket is unique in the mental demands it places on the players due to the length of the game, one match may last for five days. Although it is a team sport, there is no place to hide as individual statistics are reported constantly and analysed just like baseball.

I also liked that Robbie took the time over the Winter to explore career options after his cricket career ends. However well he does as a cricketer, there are many years of work to be filled after cricket and it is important to be prepared. Unfortunately, there are many athletes, including cricketers, who have found the transition to life after sport quite difficult.

I had a great conversation with Robbie, it was especially impressive as this was his first podcast and we discussed the following:

 

Studying Psychology at University

Growth Mindset & Sport

How Robbie Uses Psychology in Cricket

Playing and Learning from Great Cricketers

Finding a Way to Succeed

Dealing with Stress & Pressure

Navigating the Team Environment

Maintaining Confidence Despite Constant Setbacks

Coping with Failure and 

Exploring Opportunities Outside Cricket

 

Resources

Mindset – Dr Carol S. Dweck

 

Contact Robbie

https://www.linkedin.com/in/robbie-white-8226a7164/

https://twitter.com/rwhitey15?lang=en

 

Reframe & Reset Your Career Resources & Contact Info

YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHASU4QApsJ3RsOFo1zTnhQ

Job Search Process guide link - https://sendfox.com/lp/1w844e 

E-mail - reframeandresetyourcareer@harshaboralessa.com

 

It would be great to hear from you, the listeners, and your thoughts about the the podcast and YouTube channel or anything else, it's always a pleasure to hear from you. I have had some great reviews but not had any way of responding. Thanks so much for your support and have a great week!

 

*Reframe & Reset Your Career, including any comments made by the host and guests, is for informational purposes only and does not constitute advice of any description, including but not restricted to financial, legal, investing or medical advice.*

 

Episode 7. Luck = Talent + Opportunity!

Episode 7. Luck = Talent + Opportunity!

April 7, 2021

Lindsey Stewart is an investor engagement expert who works for KPMG's UK audit practice. He has a 20-year career in financial services and holds the CFA and CIMA qualifications in financial analysis and management accounting. An avid communicator, Lindsey has authored many articles and publications on a variety of topics: from technical accounting, to audit and corporate governance, to soft skills, to inclusion and diversity. As a senior Black finance professional from a working class background, he is keen to explore ways to remove barriers - whether societal or psychological - that prevent talented individuals from less privileged groups from reaching their full potential.

I first met Lindsey two years ago when he joined the CFA UK Soft Skills Working Group for whom I had been volunteering for a year. I quickly found that Lindsey had a passion for building on his already considerable knowledge in this area as well as a wide range of interests outside work, which I shared like music, sport and comedy, including Chris Rock!

We quickly became friends and during lockdown last year, Lindsey reached a 20 year milestone in his career and I offered to interview him for a podcast to mark the landmark. The first effort was not bad but we realised that we were capable of better so we recorded again and released the podcast, which generated some positive feedback.

Up to that point, I had not considered podcasting so Lindsey’s interview played a pivotal role in the my starting to consider a podcast. Initially I wanted to host it with Lindsey, unfortunately, he was too busy so I talked myself into starting it myself. Now here we are less than a year later and I have the pleasure of interviewing Lindsey. We had a great conversation talking about the following:

 

Becoming Resilient and Learning From Setbacks

How Lindsey Gained His Big Break into Finance

The Value of Gaining Professional Qualifications

The Significance of Soft Skills In Your Career

Why Emotional Intelligence is Important for Leaders

Potential Strategies for Job Seekers and 

Building Relationships Rather than Networking

 

 

Resources & People mentioned

Mindset – Dr Carol S. Dweck

Influence – Dr Robert B. Cialdini

Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Goleman

Lindsey's CFA UK article - https://www.cfauk.org/pi-listing/inclusion-and-diversity-spotlight-lindsey-stewart-cfa#gsc.tab=0

Lindsey's Medium article - https://link.medium.com/yK2wtY4Gefb

Brené Brown

Dr Sarah Lewis

 

 

Contact Lindsey

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindseystewart/

 

*Reframe & Reset Your Career, including any comments made by the host and guests, is for informational purposes only and does not constitute advice of any description, including but not restricted to financial, legal, investing or medical advice.*

Episode 6. Think Big

Episode 6. Think Big

March 23, 2021

 

Grace Lordan is the Founding Director of The Inclusion Initiative (TII), Director of the MSc in Behavioural Science and an Associate Professor in Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science, my former university, but Grace has had a far more impressive career!

Grace has a PhD in Economics, and an undergraduate degree in computer science. Her research is focused on understanding why some individuals succeed in life and others don't. She is an expert on the effects of bias, discrimination and technology changes. Grace is an expert advisor to the UK government sitting on their skills and productivity board. Her academic writings have been published in top international journals in economics and the broader social sciences. "Think Big, Take Small Steps and Build the Future you Want" is her first book, which will published on Thursday 25th March. Grace is a regular keynote and panel speaker at corporate events.

I first came across Grace through an excellent discussion on Careers which she was hosting at the LSE and the panel included our good friend Dorie Clark. I found her work interesting and reached out to her and she generously agreed to appear on the podcast.

 

We had a great discussion and talked about the following:

Her early education and how she moved from Computer Science to Economics

Why it’s helpful to think in terms of skills & activities rather than careers

How you can change your narrative

Using your time more efficiently

Taking small steps to achieve your goals

The impact of emotions on decision making

Dealing with life blows and being resilient and

The danger of comparing yourself to others

 

Resources & People mentioned

Thinking Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman

Kelly McGonigal

Antonio Damasio

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