Looking back over my 24-year investment banking career, most recently as COO of Morgan Stanley Europe, I’ve come to realize that it was great preparation for what I am doing now: sharing what I’ve learned to help smart people succeed in their careers (as they define it).
I went into the business because it was a fast-paced, intense environment working with lots of smart people where I was constantly challenged. I loved doing deals and covering some of the most discerning clients on the planet, and we were rewarded and recognized for our results.
Even though I was not a “natural” for the business (my family is filled with doctors and academics, making me the proverbial “black sheep”), I somehow figured out how to adapt, navigate and succeed – more on this later.
Most of all, I was having fun being in the thick of it and doing business in one of the most competitive industries in the world. But 24 years was enough and any more would have been “too much of a good thing”, so I left to seek my new era of meaningful work.
This is what I’m really good at
Most people are underachieving and can do much more
Five years and much soul-searching later, I realized that what I’m really good at is helping smart people do more, be even better and feel great about themselves. More importantly, I get huge satisfaction from helping professionals succeed in their business and their careers.
At the same time, I discovered that most people are underachieving and can do much more. In fact, most people want to be and do more, but it’s not always obvious how to achieve this, and it’s definitely hard to do on your own.
That's why I've chosen this new era of meaningful work where I can help professionals to succeed (as they define it) so they can go on to have an exponentially positive effect in the world.
And now, I’m setting my own yardstick for success: the number of people I help to be better, to achieve their goals and operate at their full potential, and to be who they are meant to be in the world.
By the way, I’m thinking that number is 1 million over the next 10 years.
Helping you to be the best you can be
Right now, my focus is on helping you master your career challenges, and to be the very best you can be. And, of course, to have loads of fun while doing that!
I've come to realize that the best people to learn from are those who have struggled with something, and then ultimately mastered it. That's because they’ve had to study and work at it, and create a system or method that works. And a system is something that can be taught and learned.
I had to work hard at it in order to achieve my goals. I was not a “natural”. Fortunately, I took good notes and have now created a framework and model for how to approach your career and master the inevitable challenges.
I call this Career Mastery, and it’s about helping you make this Mission: Possible.
The Career Mastery Challenge
Requires just a small amount of time with the potential to reap big rewards
If you're like me, you're pressed for time and reluctant to take time out to invest in yourself, even though you want and need to be successful professionally as well as personally.
If only you could find something that requires just a small amount of time with the potential to reap big rewards at just the perfect time of year.
And so, I decided to create “bite-sized” chunks of hands-on advice based on my own experiences as well as those of successful friends and colleagues, which is how the Career Mastery Challenge concept was born.
For people who want to raise their game
The Career Mastery Challenge is for professionals who want to learn, grow and perform at their best.
It’s designed for people who want to raise their game and are willing to invest in themselves to get and stay at the leading edge.
Every day for 30 days, you’ll get my best actionable tips and tools to help you raise your game and advance your career in 2014.
While no one can guarantee career success, it’s always helpful to learn from those who have gone before us and to share what we’ve learned. That’s what this is all about.
The Career Mastery Challenge is based around the 12 roles that you need to play in a successful career. The tips and tools helped me rise through the ranks of Morgan Stanley to become COO for Europe, and now I’m sharing them with you – free of charge – to help you succeed and master your career.
Start the New Year off right
The Career Mastery Challenge kicks off on Monday 13 January, 2014.
I’ve already heard from many people who are excited to learn more and participate – fabulous! I’ll incorporate as many of your suggestions as possible (thank you), and look to cover the rest in future blog posts and programs.
And because it’s so important that you actually experiment with each Career Mastery tip right away, I’ve included incentives to help you do just that and to stick with it. That’s right, there are prizes, including one-on-one coaching with me on Skype (priceless!).
Who said navigating your career couldn’t be fun? And a confidence building, learning and growing experience?
Get full details here and sign up now to join me and many others in what will be a fun and, most importantly, hugely rewarding experience to kick off the New Year and to set the foundation for a successful year ahead.
I’m determined that you get the best shot at knocking the cover off the ball professionally this year, and if I can help you, I will. I’ll be right here helping you along the way, answering your questions and comments as they come up, so be sure to participate and post your progress.
It’s free to participate in the Career Mastery Challenge, and there’s potential to reap big rewards. So what are you waiting for?