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There is no longer anything like "employed for life" and, whether by design or default, careers don't often follow a straight line. Our environment is constantly changing, so how do we ensure that we have the necessary skills to deal with this constant change? The Agile Career podcast where we will take you on the journey from “employed for life” to “employable for life”. We’ll give you the tips, insights, and strategies to help you build the transferable skills that you’ll need.
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In this episode, Tom Rees joins me, and we talk about significant career shifts. Tom is a medical doctor with the NHS and before that was a professional rugby player, playing for both London Wasps and England. Tom shares how he got started with the sport and ended up as a professional rugby player and goes on to talk about how an injury ended his sports career, how he dealt with it, and how he moved on to a new career.Key TakeawaysLuck sometimes plays a part in success but working hard, brings that luckSuccess is not an overnight thing. Small achievements, wins, and skills snowball and bring more successHaving someone not making you do anything, but encouraging you to try everything is important. This could be a parent, a coach, or a mentor Take ownership of what is going on with your job or careerIt is the hard work away from the pitch that leads to successExpose yourself to those who are more skilled or experienced and learn from themGet comfortable making mistakes and pushing beyond where you think your limits areTake in advice from other people and use the bits that work for youYou don't need to make a massive impact on the world, just improve a little bit of the world around youDon't define yourself by your jobLean on friends, family and colleagues during tough timesUnderstand that things that have made you successful to this point and then apply to other areasListen to the episode for more gems of wisdom!Recommended ReadingTom recommended the following books:Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice by Matthew SyedComplications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul GawandeThe Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul GawandeBeing Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul GawandeFind Out More About TomYou can find out more about Tom by visiting his Wikipedia page. See Tom in action here and here.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Life Changing Events

Life Changing Events

2021-01-3151:02

In this episode, François de Neuville joins me; we talk about significant events that can change both your career and life. François is a high-performance coach but started his career in the military. In the podcast, he talks about how much he loved his time in the military but ultimately, why he chose to leave it. François shares how, in 2018, a tragic and traumatic event changed his life forever, and set him on the path to becoming a coach.Key TakeawaysIt is important to experiment, to help you understand what you truly want. Create the possibility to experimentBoth logic and emotion can help you make decisions. It doesn't need to be one or the otherThere are things that you can predict and control, and there are things that you cannot. It is important to differentiate between the twoEven if you are taking seemingly rash decisions, you still need a strategy or planSometimes beautiful gifts come wrapped in ugly paper. Think about what you can take away from bad situationsDon't spend your life living in the future, focus on the here and now and enjoy what you are doing todayRecognise when you are holding yourself back. You can then put yourself out there and achieve good thingsWhen setting off on a new path, don't just hope for the best. Think about what it is you want and whyRecommended ReadingFrançois recommends The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. CoveyResourcesFrançois recommends Mindvalley, the future of educationConnect with FrançoisListeners can learn more about François by visiting his website or LinkedIn page.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Recruitment

Recruitment

2021-01-0351:51

In this episode, Eldon Davis joins me where we talk about recruitment and job seeking. Rather than approaching this from a job seekers perspective, we switch contexts and talk about this from a recruiters perspective. Eldon spent 18 years in talent acquisition roles. He talks about how he brought together several interests to shape his career. Eldon also shares some tips for job seekers and career changers and talks about how he is now in a career transition, mentoring and coaching others.Key TakeawaysBe prepared and planned for chance meetings and networking opportunitiesDon't underestimate the power of networkingSeek first to understand and then be understoodIt is important to understand and demonstrate the difference between features and benefitsAlways keep your skills currentIdentify your limiting beliefs as the first step to overcome themShare your knowledge with othersWhen looking for new roles, do your research and homework about these rolesNetwork and connect with others in similar roles that you are looking forBe resilient because you will get turned down at some stagePlan and organise your dayPractise gratitude and positive affirmationsResourcesEldon referenced the following resources:Neil Rackam and SPIN SellingMark Walmsley and recruitmentBrian TracyTony RobbinsRecommended ReadingEldon recommends the following books:The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. CoveyMan's Search For Meaning by Viktor E. FranklS.U.M.O (Shut Up, Move On): The Straight-Talking Guide to Succeeding in Life by Paul McGeeConnect with EldonListeners can find out more about Eldon and connect with him on LinkedInSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Building Communities

Building Communities

2020-12-2058:53

In this episode, Felix Wong joins me, and we talk about education, building communities, and passion projects. Felix is APAC Head of Growth at AngelHub, bringing investors and entrepreneurs together. He has an entrepreneurial background which is well suited for his role as well as several side-hustles or passion projects that he is working on. He is very active in the No Code community and sees these tools and platforms as excellent resources to help entrepreneurs realise their goals. In the show, Felix shares how he builds skills, both for himself and others. He also talks about how important it has been for him to allow more people to experience entrepreneurship.Key TakeawaysFinding your tribe or building your tribe is very important in helping you on your learning journeyThere are many learning resources available, and when it comes to technology, Codeacademy and YouTube are great places to startCommunity building is important because it allows you to build your profile whilst contributingStorytelling is an excellent transferable skill to work onGiving people access to knowledge is important. The beauty of education should not be underestimatedKeeping a career "scoresheet" and reviewing this every quarter is a powerful way of managing your career goals and progression. Set yourself goals on working in different roles, verticals, and organisation size/maturitiesIn addition to your main role, always be looking for problems and how these could be solved, as a side hustleUse no code tools to quickly translate your ideas to reality and then test themNo matter how senior you are, you need to always be learningCreate a routine that will enable your learning goals. Compound your learning experience by making notes of your learnings and the sources of information you've used. Connect with the authors and build your networkResources MentionedFelix mentioned the following resources:CodecademyYouTubeNotionRecommended ReadingFelix recommends What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture by Ben HorowitzConnecting With FelixListeners can learn more about Felix and connect with him by visiting:LinkedInTwitterInstagramSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Today is World Mental Health Day, and in this episode, I focus on mental health and wellbeing. The world is going through an extremely turbulent time and it is taking its toll on people lives, relationships, and careers. In the episode, I reflect on Episode 3 and the insight that David Beeney shared. In summary, be kinder to others and to yourself. I also share some tips and thoughts to help in these times.Key TakeawaysFocus on the present. You cannot control the futureTalk to people you trustDon’t rely on social media or speculation for your news or factsReach out to friends on Skype, Zoom, telephone, and social media. Keep connecting with othersIf you are stuck at home – plan your day and have a routine, as if things were normalKeep exercising, even if it is only for a walkRelax and take time to reflect. Especially on the good things and things you can be grateful forMake sure you get enough, good quality sleepTalk to your kids. Remember this is just a blip for many adults, for many kids this is a defining moment.Remember, this affects everyone – you are not alonePractise kindness and consideration to others Resources MentionedI spoke about the following resources in the episode:Mind, the mental health charityThe Mental Health Foundation, preventing poor mental healthSamaritans, dealing with crises and helping prevent themThe Agile Career Podcast Episode 3, interview with David BeeneySupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
How to Get Promoted

How to Get Promoted

2020-09-1407:45

In this episode, I talk about the three things that you can do to get promoted or to progress your career. Obviously, there are many things that you can do, and I have taken my experience and the experiences of many others and distilled these down to three key themes. What are they? Let's take a look.Solution Orientation ResponsibilityPutting your hand upEasy, right? Take a listen to the episode and hear more!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Having a Side Hustle

Having a Side Hustle

2020-09-0601:09:49

In this episode, I am joined by Anita Toth who traded her career as a university researcher for a career of self-employment. After completing both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, Anita took on a job at the university. After 16 years, the role was made redundant and Anita needed an alternative. In this show, Anita shares how she applied for over 20 jobs before starting on her own. She shares how she used the skills - especially those she had developed by running several side hustles - to start her new career, the challenges she faced, and ultimately, how she found her niche.  Key TakeawaysNever underestimate the power of having a mentor and building a long-term relationship with that mentorGood written and verbal communication skills are invaluable and will serve you well in whichever direction your career takes youProject management skills are a fantastic value-add to your transferable skills. Even if you are not a project managerWhen make making career choices and decisions, be clear on what you are looking for. Understand what makes you happySide hustles are an excellent, low-risk way of building new skills and knowledge as well as testing business and career ideasSpending time with people and developing relationships is extremely important - find your community!Focus on growing your network, not by asking what people can do for you, but what you can do for themIdentifying and understanding your core values will help guide you and help you make tough decisionsFind your niche - something that you are good at, something you enjoy, and something that others will pay you forUse a coach to help you develop skills that you may be struggling withResources MentionedAnita spoke about several resources:The foundational guides and downloads available on Anita's websiteThe Dream 100 concept by Russell Brunson. Russell Brunson shares more on his podcast and he covers this in his book, Traffic SecretsRecommended ReadingAnita recommends reading Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr Seuss.Connecting With AnitaListeners can learn more about Anita and connect with her by visiting her website or LinkedIn page.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
In this episode, I am going to provide a little "behind the scenes" view of the podcast. Quite a few listeners have been asking what it took to get the show running and what it takes every week to get each episode produced. I thought I would share some key points in this short episode. By no means is this a complete guide but hopefully, it will give you an idea of what is involved. Key TakeawaysYou'll need to choose a podcast platform to host your podcast on. This platform then distributes your podcast to all the popular listening platforms. I considered Soundcloud, Buzzsprout, and Audioboom, choosing BuzzsproutYou'll need a decent microphone. I chose the Marantz Pod Pack 1 that included the condenser microphone, the cable, and boom armYou'll need some software to produce the podcast. I use GarageBand on Mac OS. Audacity is also an option for both Mac and Windows computersThere are some optional extras that I use like Canva for producing promotional artwork and Buffer for scheduling social media postsResources MentionedThese are the resources I spoke about in the episode:Soundcloud hosting platformAudioboom hosting platformBuzzsprout hosting platform. If you sign-up to a paid plan using this link you will receive a $20 Amazon gift card (after paying for the platform for at least two months) and I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you) that helps me run the podcastThe Marantz Pod Pack 1 microphoneThe Buzzsprout blogCanva for creating the social media artworkhttps://buffer.com/Buffer to schedule the social media posts  Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Theory and Practise

Theory and Practise

2020-08-2201:26:22

In this episode, I am joined by Hanlie Smuts who is an associate professor at the University of Pretoria. Like many professionals, Hanlie completed her undergraduate degree before entering the corporate environment as a software developer. For many of us, this would have been the end of our academic career but Hanlie went on to complete both her Master's degree and her PhD whilst working fulltime jobs as a senior executive. Hanlie shares her story about how she didn't choose between the academic and corporate worlds, but instead, wove the two closely together. She shares how she applied learnings and skills gained in academia to her corporate career and vice-versa.Key TakeawaysDon't underestimate the importance of learning and never stop learningEven if your career is very technically focused, don't neglect engaging with people and building relationships and people skillsAlways consider the human factor when completing projects, building products, or just completing business as usual activitiesTry and immerse yourself into your surrounding working environment so that you can truly understand how the business you are in, worksAlways be professional and deliver quality workDelegation is an important transferable skill to develop. Start by trusting your teamAlways be open to opportunitiesGiven the opportunity, try and understand all aspects and functional areas of the business that you work inAlways build your networkA skills bubble chart is a great tool to identify the skills you need to be successful in a role, highlight any gaps, and track your progress in developing those skillsThe ability to analyse data is an important transferable skillBuilding resilience will help see you through tough timesBuild your personal brand to ensure that your name is always top of mind when opportunities are being consideredFrameworks are a great tool to help you get things doneDon't forget about your family and other support structures. These are what allow and support you in achieving great thingsYou can work smart by finding your work cadence. Understand what works for you, segment your time, and stick to the rules you set yourselfConnecting With HanlieListeners can find out more about Hanlie and connect with her by visiting her:Website  LinkedIn profileTwitter accountInstagram accountSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Always Be Connecting

Always Be Connecting

2020-08-1601:01:12

In this episode, I am joined by Mark Colgan. After completing his business studies at university, Mark aspired to a job in the marketing industry but finding no suitable roles, he began working as a recruiter. Mark talks about the transferable skills that he developed and how working as a recruiter allowed him to spot a new role that was emerging, that of a digital marketer. He shares how he then changed direction in his career and moved into the digital marketing space. Mark also talks about a moment of realisation whilst travelling South America that led him to develop his career and bring him to a point where he has simultaneous roles helping both organisations and individuals. Key TakeawaysWhen at school and university, in many instances we are learning for job or roles that don't yet existWanting to take on more responsibility is a good way to help grow your careerThere is immense value in having a part-time job whilst studyingKnowing the theory of how to do something is important and equally important is having the confidence that you can do itDoing work for friends and family is a great way to practise your skills and build a portfolioCreate a vision for potential employers by asking the question "Imagine what I could do for you?"Combining your strengths and skills to find your niche is a way to differentiate yourself from your competitorsWork hard to spot in-demand skills. Research what similar type roles might be like in ten yearsKeep developing your skills and be comfortable with the unknownWhen presented with opportunities, instead of asking why, ask why not?Always be connecting and give freelyBuild an ecosystem of value and find an audience or industry that you can serveSpeak to people, actively listen, and connect peopleResources MentionedWe spoke about the following resources:The Hubspot blogThe Buffer blogGlassdoorGrowthMentor, Startup Mentors for Growth-Addicted Founders and MarketersRecommended ReadingMark recommends reading What Would Google Do by Jeff Jarvis.Connecting With MarkListeners can learn more about Mark and connect with him by vising his website or LinkedIn page.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Making Big Leaps

Making Big Leaps

2020-08-0901:02:11

In this episode, I am joined by Helen Peatfield who gave up her secure job in London and moved to Thailand. Not only was it a change in location, but also a change in career. Helen shares her story and we talk about her early working years, her big move to Thailand, and how she found her niche and shaped up her new career. She shares plenty of insights about a career in copywriting and generally, changing careers.Key TakeawaysWhen considering higher education, follow something that you are passionate about. Ideally, this will lead to greater career satisfaction and fulfilment  Have a curious mind and don't stop learning. Keep developing by reading, completing courses, and networkingStart listening to your customer/colleagues, show empathy, and ask "How can I help this person succeed?"When making changes in your life and career, think about pull versus push motivation. Sometimes with a push motivation, it is easy to keep looking back, rather than forwardIn your career, look ahead at those on the rungs above you and ask yourself the question, "Is this a role I aspire to?". This can help you determine what the right career path isIf you are selling your services, don't believe your value is only the prices you see offeredFind your tribe!In any career, don't be scared to look at the numbers. Research and analyse data to help you make decisionsDon't be afraid of hard workDon't get stuck only reading the books. Get out there and practise your skillsStalk your ideal customer/employer (not in a creepy way) to learn more about themReach out to your network for help and adviceResources MentionedHelen shared the following great resources:The Copy Hackers Blog by Joanna WiebeThe Copywriter Club Facebook pageGrowthMentor, Startup Mentors for Growth-Addicted Founders and MarketersThe Product Onboarders, one of Helen's projectsRecommended ReadingHelen recommended the following books:Never Split The Difference by Chris VossFinding The Right Message by Jennifer Havice On Writing Well by William ZinsserConnecting With HelenListeners can learn more about Helen and connect with her by visiting her LinkedIn page.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
In this episode, I talk about the steps to take to build a skills inventory. I'll cover some of the resources that we spoke about in Episode 17 as well as the specific approach for creating your skills inventory. We'll also talk about why having a skills inventory is important and how you can use it to support your career and learning journeys.Key TakeawaysBroadly, skills can be grouped as transferable skills (what you can do), special knowledge (what you know), and self-management skills (how you conduct yourself) Transferable skills are the most important and these are skills like constructing, creating, researching, analysing, teaching, organising, repairing, initiating, networking, communicating, planningSpecial knowledge is skills like physics, graphic design, bookkeeping, mathematics, data analysis, French, and psychologySelf-management skills are skills like being adaptable, self-confident, dependable, supportive, loyal, persistent, innovative, and resourcefulThe more transferable skills you have, the more choice you will have when it comes to jobs and careersTransferable skills can be further broken down into people skills, information or data skills, and skills working with thingsIdentify and describe seven stories that are significant to you. These can cover both your career and personal life. Typical things might be something that stood out in your life, publicly displaying your skills, a really good outcome, something that gave you pride or was a particular challenge, something that your colleagues or peers could not do, something that you would like to do or experience again, something that excited you Matching skills to these stories will provide you with a skills inventory, highlighting your strongest skills and also any gapsUse this inventory to compare against still that are in demandResources MentionedI used the following resources in this episode:The OECD Skills for Jobs websiteThe OECD Skills Needs websiteRecommended ReadingI used and recommend reading What Colour Is Your Parachute? 2020: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
In this episode, I am joined by Jamie Mackay. Jamie is an employment professional and works with organisations and learning institutes to help them offer relevant learning opportunities to individuals. His work is very focussed on the skills that people need to find suitable employment and build their careers. Jamie shares not only his career story on the show but also some tips, ideas, guidance, and resources that people can use to continue their learning journey. Key TakeawaysWhile you are ultimately responsible for your career, don't underestimate the value of your parents, career or guidance counsellors, and mentorsCertain people find jobs because of their social capital (it's not what you know, it's who you know) and you can build your social capital using tools like networkingWhen thinking about building transferable skills for the future (ca. 2030), think about skills that are difficult for artificial intelligence to replace like creativity, critical thinking, adaptability, communications, reliability, and even project managementStorytelling is a fantastic communication and learning tool because people can relate to storiesHaving a part-time job at school and whilst studying is vitally important as it helps build transferable skills and prepares you for the workplaceIn addition to the usual books and online courses that are used for learning, think about other approaches like attending conference and networkingWhen considering further education in the arts and humanities fields, think about the skills that employers may be looking for and how these might be learnt in your chosen field of studyHaving a growth mindset is vital to your continued learning and developmentBe responsive to opportunities and enjoy making the choices you need to makeResources MentionedJamie shared many resources during the interview:The National Careers Service for information, advice and guidance to help make decisions on learning, training and work.YouTube for everything from coding to fixing your hot water boilerUdemy for a vast selection of free and well-priced online coursesThe World Economic Forum - skills for your futureThe Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development - skills and workThe Open University - free coursesThe London Interdisciplinary School - an interdisciplinary undergraduate course, built around real-world problemsRecommended ReadingJamie recommends reading the following books:The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment by Martin FordMindset: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential by Carol DweckConnect with JamieListeners can learn more about and connect with Jamie by visiting his LinkedIn profile or Twitter page.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Coaching

Coaching

2020-07-1922:11

In this episode, I talk about coaching by briefly explaining what coaching is, answering some common questions about coaching and finally, tackling some coaching misconceptions.Key TakeawaysCoaching is different from mentoring and consultingTo find a good coach you should start by understanding your needs, use your network, and evaluate potential coaches on their ability to help you achieve the outcome you are looking forCoaching does work - it needs a good coach and a coachable personIf you are serious about achieving your goals and putting in the hard work, then coaching could be good for youCoaching brings new perspective, helps you set your direction, holds you accountable, improves your self-awareness, and helps you adapt to and drive changeCoaching is not the same as therapy or counsellingCoaching does not take a lot of timeCoaching is not only for people with problemsCoaching is collaborative and not "done to you"Coaches don't need to have a similar background to youA coach doesn't need to be a sports star to coach as a sports starCoaching is not a luxury Resources MentionedInternational Coaching FoundationAssociation for CoachingI spoke about the Miracle of Brighton, with Japan beating South Africa in the Rugby World Cup in 2015. It's the best game of rugby I've ever seen.Recommended ReadingI recommend reading The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More and Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay StanierSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Finding Your Purpose

Finding Your Purpose

2020-07-1201:06:22

In this episode, I am joined by Tim van Aarde. Like many of us, Tim started his career in a corporate environment, working for one of the big accounting and auditing firms. He soon found himself thinking that this was not the career for him, as it lacked purpose and he wanted something deeper and more fulfilling from a career.He set out on a journey, back to university, studying humanities before shifting his focus to theology. After university, Tim took up a position at a local church and a chance meeting led him on the next step of his journey, which was a move to Burundi in East Africa. Tim shares his wonderful experiences and learnings and how he found purpose in what he was doing.Key TakeawaysDon't get stuck in an environment where you are not exposed to new ideasIt is never too late to study or learn something newIn looking for your purpose or deeper meaning in what it is you do, there needs to be conviction. This will help you identify your purposeAlways be open to new journeys (or the next step) and opportunitiesBe flexible and embrace changeExpose yourself to different cultures and languages. Learn them!Building resilience is key in helping you overcome challenges and strugglesBeing able to relate to other people and building empathy is importantHaving a guide or a mentor will make your journey, learning, and growth much easierBuilding your cross-cultural communications skills will serve you (and others) very wellWe don't always see the potential in ourselves. Others do, and we always have something to give that others will needResources MentionedTim shared the following in the interview:Whilst in Burundi, Tim met a mother with a young child that had terrible burns. Tim and some others knew that they had to do something to change the life of this child. You can read more about the story in The Boston GlobeTim is featured on Collie Community Radio The bible verse that Tim mentioned was 1 Corinthians 13One of Tim's sermons also discusses the bible verse aboveTim is a featured author in The Routledge Handbook of African TheologyTim has published Equipping the poorest of the poor to become agents of community transformation: A case study of milk as a catalyst in BurundiRecommended ReadingTim recommends reading The Change Agent by Lyle E. SchallerSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
In this episode, I interview Steve Stewart-Keene. Steve shares his story with us, that begins with a life-changing motorcycle accident and how he had to consider the career options available to him. He talks about some of his earlier jobs before taking on a role with The Prince's Trust, helping vulnerable young people get their lives back on track. Steve then shares how he took a great leap and left the United Kingdom to start and run a resort in the South African bush. He shares some of the challenges that he needed to overcome to make this a reality.Having made a success of the resort and running it for nine years, Steve talks about his return to the UK and how, after several jobs, found a massively fulfilling role, co-caring for a disabled young man.   Key TakeawaysKnowing your product (or service) and believing in it, is key to you making a success of your roleYou can come up with a lot of reasons not to do something. If you have an idea and you believe in it, do the research, look at alternatives, think about worst-case scenarios, and then planIn addition to having a plan, always have a plan BHave patience and look at things holistically - understand the big pictureYou need to develop the ability to sell what you are doingBe flexible and adaptable and be willing to change things that are not workingTake feedback from others, sometimes it is not only your planUnderstand that the world is a bigger place and expose yourself to diverse cultures and experiencesEnjoy what you do, many people don'tObstacles are there to be overcomeResources MentionedSteve spoke about his work and career at The Prince's TrustBooks MentionedSteve recommends the following books:Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A story by Richard BachIllusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard BachConnect with SteveSteve does not have a social media presence but listeners are welcome to contact him via the show.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
In this episode, I interview Matt Roadnight, an Agile and Scum coach. Having developed an interest in IT, Matt completed a BSc. degree and went on to begin his career in a corporate environment. After a stint of travelling, he then went on to join a niche IT services company. It was here that he was given that latitude to work in a way and develop himself that he enjoyed. Acquisition of the IT services company by a large corporate got him reevaluating his position and coupled with an opportunity to provide some Agile coaching independently, Matt left to establish his own business. Matt now owns and runs SprintAgile and is a founding partner of BeLiminal LLC. Both organisations focus on developing individuals and teams.Matt shares his journey and the values that he developed that shaped his career and choices. He also talks about the enablers of learning and shares some great resources.Key TakeawaysIn many instances, we train for jobs that don't exist. The important thing is learning to learn and carrying this ability through our careersDeveloping values is important. Understand your values and live by them but make sure you don't focus too much on a single value whilst neglecting other values. There needs to be a balanceAlways be open to opportunities and try to take advantage of opportunities when they are offered to you Challenge yourself to move beyond your comfort zonesEven if you enjoy working alone, don't ignore the importance of partnering and working with other peopleLearning is often driven by client/organisation demand and the desired quality of workMake sure that you develop a growth mindset (learn more about this in Episode 11)Doing quality work is important but don't let perfectionism hold you backChange doesn't happen without emotion!Resources MentionedMatt shared the following resources:Job Crafting - Amy Wrzesniewski on creating meaning in your own workManaging Yourself: Turn the Job You Have into the Job You Want by Amy Wrzesniewski, Justin M. Berg and Jane E. DuttonCamp AmericaBooks MentionedMatt recommended the following books:The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization by Peter SengeTrust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies by Paul ZakCreating Intelligent Teams by Anne Rød and Marita FridjhonBusiness Model You: A One-Page Method For Reinventing Your Career by Timothy Clark, Alexander Osterwalder, and Yves PigneurConnect with MattListeners can learn more about Matt and connect with him by visiting his LinkedIn page, Twitter feed, or the BeLiminal website.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Going Solo

Going Solo

2020-06-2101:06:55

In this episode, Peter Robinson joins me. Peter has more than 20 years of experience in the corporate world with recent roles as the Head of IT at Specsavers and the Head of Retail Applications at Dixons Carphone. Peter shares his experiences of entering the corporate world and how he grew alongside a growing organisation, before moving to an even larger organisation. He shares the challenges of delivering change in large organisations and how this ultimately led him to the realisation that working in a large organisation wasn't what he wanted to do.Peter talks about deciding to join another corporate or go his own way. He shares his experiences of starting on his own and the says the advice that he gives to his 18-year-old daughter, starting her career, is the same advice he would have given to himself at that age. Key TakeawaysStriking a balance between business and IT skills is important and something that we should all look to achieveWhen addressing skills gaps, we don't need to become an expert in everything, we need to learn the right amount that will move us forwardWhen presented with opportunities to learn something new or challenge yourself, grab those because you never know where they will lead youDon't underestimate the power of networking to help you learn new skills and push you out of your comfort zoneAccept when you don't know things and don't be scared to ask for helpTo get the best out of everyone, you need to adapt your approach and make sure that you develop a personal touch to build relationshipsTake stock of your situation and how much you know - you'll be surprised. Use this to determine your worth.Empathy is important, but don't mistake this for sympathy. We still need to get the job doneRound Table, and other service organisations, are a great way to build your skills and personal network When you are in a challenging situation, don't be scared and trust in yourselfLearn to market yourself and live with being uncomfortableWhen you are at the start of your career, think about a change every five yearsBooks MentionedPeter recommends the following books:S.U.M.O. (Shut Up, Move On): The Straight-Talking Guide to Succeeding in Life by Paul McGeeShoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil KnightConnect with PeterListeners can connect with Peter by visiting the HITS Consultancy website or Peter's LinkedIn page.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Developing a Growth Mindset

Developing a Growth Mindset

2020-06-1401:15:35

In this episode, Crystal Metcalfe joins me. Crystal is the UK VP at RGP, a consulting firm that helps customers implement their business strategy. Crystal shares her career journey and talks about how she used a growth mindset that helped her develop the skills she needed when making career transitions. She also talks about moving countries and how she dealt with that.Key TakeawaysHaving mentors in your life is important. They can help you understand where you want to go, and how to get thereWork experience is so important and getting this experience, before entering the formal workforce, can be of great valueSelf-development and observation are great tools to help when you are overwhelmed, feeling intimidated, or dealing with impostor syndrome   Being constantly challenged will help you growBe confident in yourself and your teamHave empathy for othersDeveloping a consultant mindset will serve you well in your careerWhen thinking about a new job or career; assess yourself, identify what the new job or career requires, and understand if you have the attributes you needAlways stay relevant!Books MentionedCrystal recommends reading The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels by Michael Watkins.I refer to Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck.Connect with CrystalListeners can connect with Crystal by visiting her LinkedIn page. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Creating Focus

Creating Focus

2020-06-0743:53

In this episode, I cover the importance of focus and some of the tools that we can use to create and maintain focus. I first talk about focus in the broader context and how we can approach goal setting and track our progress. Next, I speak about focus at a more granular level and share some tips and tricks on how we can maintain focus and avoid distractions.Key TakeawaysThink about setting our goals in the same way that organisations set their strategy by using vision and mission statementsLong-term planning is important but don't get blinded by your longer-term goals as circumstances change around you Write down your objectives!Be specific about your objectivesFocus on the essentialsUse objectives and key results (OKRs) to plan and track your goalsAvoid procrastination by just making a start and eating the frogBreak your tasks down into smaller chunksWhen tempted by distractions, think if this distraction will help you achieve your end-goalMultitasking comes at a 20-40% overheadThink about the 80/20 rule when deciding which tasks to tackleBe aware of attention fatigueUnsubscribe from email lists!Learn to say noUse the Eisenhower matrix to triage and prioritise tasksReframe negative thoughts to help you get back on trackBe presentResources MentionedThe Google OKRs PlaybookThe Eisenhower MatrixThe Agile Career Podcast - Episode 6, Understanding YourselfHeadspace meditation appManaging tasks using a Kanban BoardBooks MentionedI recommend reading the following books:Measure What Matters by John DoerrDeep Work by Cal NewportHigh Performance Habits by Brendon BurchardConnect with meYou can connect with me by visiting my website or LinkedIn page.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
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