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Taking the Leap
Career development strategies for the finance
professional
Graham Hart, Director, Leadership by Design
Two powerful paradigms direct us:
Overview

It’s a VUCA world
Getting different perspectives
Asking the right questions
Getting ready for opportunity
A Career: “as a person’s course or progress through
life (or a distinct portion of life)“ (OED)

Explore
and

Establish

G...
Up down or sideways?
Enrichment opportunities such
special projects or
assignments
Lateral career moves
Vertical career mo...
It’s a VUCA world

Volatile

Uncertain

Complex

Ambiguous
Insights from Neuroscience

1.
2.
3.
4.

We think in maps
Perception is
driven by our
hardwiring
Changing old
wiring is di...
Getting Differing Perspectives
6 Sources of growth:
1. A job change to a more challenging role
2. A developmental task whi...
Some of the important functions that
mentors carry out include being a:
Coach or counsellor,
Sponsor and advocate,
Role mo...
An approach to Mentoring
Who is in the driving seat?

Most Executives mid- career have no plan
Start with your desired outcomes or
risk doing nothing or going nowhere
What questions should I be asking?
How is your Mind-set driving you?
Optimistic rather than pessimistic
Solutions rather than problem based
Agile rather than...
Dynamic Plan : How to accelerate
progress
Periodically ask yourself
What training or skills development do I
need to achie...
YOUR BRAND

• What are we talking about and what’s at stake?
• Impact & influence
• Your on-line social & professional pro...
Career Direction
Assessing
Self

Performing

Marketing
Self

MY
PLAN

Exploring
options

Developing
Skills
Getting Ready for Opportunity

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

There is no plan.
Think strengths, not weaknesses.
It's not about you.
P...
There is no Plan
Think strengths, not weaknesses
It’s Not About You
Persistence trumps Talent
Make Excellent Mistakes
Make Excellent Mistakes
Leave an Imprint
Free leadership and career resources
And
Sign up for our newsletter
http://www.leadershipbydesign.co.nz

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Taking the Leap Career Tips for Finance Professionals

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Slides from the recent October One Stop Update for Accountants Conferences in Auckland and Wellington New Zealand
www.leadershipbydesign.co.nz
Leadership by Design was asked to speak at the above conference on "Taking the Leap Career Strategies for the Finance professional." We knew we had taken the right angle NOT to talk about Career Plans when we asked the 150 delegates how many of them had a Career Development Plan? We don't seek out to highlight Finance professionals as being any different from any other work groups to although of course they may be. Those that indicated they had a plan numbered less than 10 and even allowing for those that have a plan but were reluctant to raise their hands by any stretch of the imagination it was a small minority.

Perhaps not surprisingly what research there has been seems to support this view that the majority of mid-career managers do not have a career plan.

It is interesting when you consider these two perspectives:

1. The world is volatile, complex, changing and full of ambiguity

2. Despite endless restructuring and significance job losses in the last few years there is still a talent shortage

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Taking the Leap Career Tips for Finance Professionals

  1. 1. Taking the Leap Career development strategies for the finance professional Graham Hart, Director, Leadership by Design
  2. 2. Two powerful paradigms direct us:
  3. 3. Overview It’s a VUCA world Getting different perspectives Asking the right questions Getting ready for opportunity
  4. 4. A Career: “as a person’s course or progress through life (or a distinct portion of life)“ (OED) Explore and Establish Growth Maintain and Adjust Lower Aspirations Decline
  5. 5. Up down or sideways? Enrichment opportunities such special projects or assignments Lateral career moves Vertical career moves Exploration of related job titles or departments in preparation for a possible internal move Realignment of your career with your personal goals which might mean a downward move reduced hours or other changes Relocation to another business unit or city.
  6. 6. It’s a VUCA world Volatile Uncertain Complex Ambiguous
  7. 7. Insights from Neuroscience 1. 2. 3. 4. We think in maps Perception is driven by our hardwiring Changing old wiring is difficult Making new wiring is easy
  8. 8. Getting Differing Perspectives 6 Sources of growth: 1. A job change to a more challenging role 2. A developmental task while in a current role 3. Role models, coaches and mentors 4.Feedback 5. Courses and Reading 6.Personal learning and reflection
  9. 9. Some of the important functions that mentors carry out include being a: Coach or counsellor, Sponsor and advocate, Role model, Supporter, Sounding board, Listener, Critical friend, and Career advisor.
  10. 10. An approach to Mentoring
  11. 11. Who is in the driving seat? Most Executives mid- career have no plan
  12. 12. Start with your desired outcomes or risk doing nothing or going nowhere
  13. 13. What questions should I be asking?
  14. 14. How is your Mind-set driving you? Optimistic rather than pessimistic Solutions rather than problem based Agile rather than fixed Inquisitive rather than accepting Courageous rather than timid Self aware rather than self-denial Comfortable with ambiguity
  15. 15. Dynamic Plan : How to accelerate progress Periodically ask yourself What training or skills development do I need to achieve my goals? What relationships or network do I need to build to achieve my goals? What are potential obstacles or challenges to my goals and how will I handle them? What new habits will I need to develop? What industry and professional information will I need going forward?
  16. 16. YOUR BRAND • What are we talking about and what’s at stake? • Impact & influence • Your on-line social & professional profile • Personal presentation
  17. 17. Career Direction Assessing Self Performing Marketing Self MY PLAN Exploring options Developing Skills
  18. 18. Getting Ready for Opportunity 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. There is no plan. Think strengths, not weaknesses. It's not about you. Persistence trumps talent. Make excellent mistakes. Leave an imprint.
  19. 19. There is no Plan
  20. 20. Think strengths, not weaknesses
  21. 21. It’s Not About You
  22. 22. Persistence trumps Talent
  23. 23. Make Excellent Mistakes
  24. 24. Make Excellent Mistakes
  25. 25. Leave an Imprint
  26. 26. Free leadership and career resources And Sign up for our newsletter http://www.leadershipbydesign.co.nz Follow us on Twitter Graham@leadbydesign

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