Career Momentum – 7 Themes for Success

Change the way you find your next job…by letting it find you. Instead of becoming an expert in seeking out and landing jobs, the most successful executives I’ve met create career momentum. This way, your current and past employers will seek you out and offer you jobs before you must look for one.

I interview executives daily, and here are seven key themes I’ve learned from those successful executives who are sought out by their prior employers and teammates.  You may recognize yourself in many or all of these traits and behaviors.

Here they areDevelop a high level of competency for your role. Know what you should know. Master your craft and prepare yourself for the next level up as well.  “ABLE”- Always Be Learning and Evolving.
Be loyal to the mission, your boss, your fellow leadership teammates, and your team. Let your words and actions convey they can count on you.
Can-do and positive attitudes are attractive. Be a problem solver and solution finder, not the blamer.  Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching?
Be the person willing to go the extra mile. The highest ROI is in that last push, the extra effort that helps you achieve your task and serve the mission or help a teammate. You will be pleased with the results, and the recognition.  As Dale Carnegie said, “There is plenty of room on the Extra Mile!”Have a voice at the table. Come prepared.  Have an opinion and be sure to be heard. Communicate objectively at all times, without unwanted emotion. Provide information and understanding to support effective and timely team decision making.  Others will learn to rely on your input and judgment.
Be an Executive Team member. Be on your boss’ team. Lead your own team. It’s not all about you…be a servant leader up and down the organization.  The team will then take care of you.
Keep the organization and leadership team on track by providing timely, accurate, and relevant feedback. Focus on the mission and culture of the organization.  Let them know where they are on/off track and provide the necessary data for course corrections.  “Share the good news and bad news, but don’t surprise us.” Help process what is working, not working, and yet to be started.  Hold everyone accountable to the Strategic Plan, Budget, and Values of the organization.

I hope you see yourself in these seven success traits…and that you never have to seek out a job!  Wishing you much continued success and satisfaction from your career.

Annual Top-Ten Technology Predictions GP Bullhound’s Crystal Ball

Back by popular demand…G.P Bullhound’s Annual Top-Ten Technology Predictions. I shared these exclusive Annual Predictions last year, as I was impressed with their previous accuracy and the depth of their research on technology trends affecting our personal and professional lives.
I learned about this investment banking firm when they were a client of mine…and the most prolific one specializing in the technology space in America and Europe. They close more financing deals than any other Technology-oriented investment banks.
They agreed to let me share these Predictions with you again this year.
Learn what they are saying about Mobility, Security, Autonomous Vehicles, Drones, Software, Wireless, and the emerging leaders in these sectors.
Check them out!
How strongly do you agree or disagree?
Kudos to G.P Bullhound for their Research, analysis, and willing to make their stands and share with us.
Hope you benefit from their insights. Enjoy!

Digital Banking Continues to Rise

Tech-savvy millennials are driving the adoption in digital banking services

Traditional players are attempting to provide their own digital banking solutions

Some areas in the banking ecosystem remain uncapitalized by large players

There are associated risks and uncertainties around digital banking solutions

App Distribution Moving away from Apple and Google 

Some developers are considering cutting ties with the Appstore and Play store

Tech Giants are creating their own separate platforms to host their applications

Startup’s are developing more consumer and distributor friendly models

Employee Engagement Goes High Tech

Firms are exploring how technology can find the right talent and do so with zero bias

M&A activity shows that there is interest in Human Capital Management (HCM)

There are risks and concerns regarding the technology despite its potential

Retail Technology Gets Smarter

Most purchases are conducted offline, despite growth in digital retail

Companies are initiating the next generation of retail, combining physical and digital

Start- ups are providing an array of possible solutions to enhance physical retail

Artificial Intelligence is the End of Repetition, not the End of Life

From the 1910s to the 2000s, labor distribution has changed to reflect shifts in society

AI has the potential to –and increasingly will – solve important issues for the labor force

Though concerns exist around impact of AI and workforce automation, we believe working conditions will improve

AI will improve working conditions and the working experience

Many innovators in the space are painting a picture of symbiosis between humans and artificial intelligence

Consumer Subscription Set to Eclipse Advertising

Software as a Service (SaaS) has become predominant enterprise software model

Ad-backed model misdirects companies to create as much demand for ad space, instead of improving user experience and satisfaction

Subscription based platforms are incentivized to improve their product and retain a loyal user

A Break-Up of an Advertising Duopoly

2018 = A watershed year for Amazon after relaunching its Advertising Services

It is ripe for Amazon to establish itself as a market leader in online advertising

Agencies and platforms are positioning themselves to help account managers navigate Amazon’s  constantly evolving platform

The need for an end-to-end partner is greater than ever

Last Minute Delivery Going the Distance

Users expect fast delivery to come as standard

The last leg of the delivery is the most expensive and inefficient aspect of shipping

Crowdsourced delivery is considered as a less asset-intensive method for delivery

Urban warehouses are under development to assist firms for fast deliveries

Companies are creating mobile warehouses to have inventory on-hand closer to customer’s doorsteps

End of the Boys Club

Investors are accelerating the success of female founders and women in Venture Capital

These investment strategies have garnered support from many LP counterparts

Female entrepreneurs are rewriting the narrative at the startup level as well

We are seeing a push for change from the top to unify the tech industry’s decision makers

Professional Capital Sources Scouting for Entry Points into Blockchain

Cryptocurrencies moving from the periphery into the mainstream and putting blockchain at the front of the corporate agenda

Our 2018 report “Token Frenzy, the fuel of the blockchain”, predicted a correction at a time of unprecedented euphoria

Interest in Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) from financial institutions is in full speed

We predict 2019 will be the year of institutional capital inflow into blockchain

Click here to see their 2019 Technology Predictions Presentation 

 

 

Happy Independence Day! 

We often hear this proclamation, but what does it mean to us today? For business leaders, it has special meaning. “This is America!” Where we can become anyone we want to be, and work in any career we choose. We are not told what to study, which fields to work in, or which employer to work for. Leaders know this freedom can be both a blessing and a challenge when building a business.
Being able to lead a business is a blessing, and we thank our forefathers and our previous generations for this gift of opportunity. We also know that it was a choice on our part to pursue our careers and ambitions. Our challenge is in the reality that our teammates have this same choice…same freedom of thought and career commitment.  They can be totally committed, or they can leave our team at any time.
Business leaders need the commitment of our teammates and followers to be able to pursue our dreams and goals of building our enterprises. They have the same free will as we do, and chose to commit to our team. We must give them good reason to join us, and stay with us, on our journey. They have the same independence of choice given all of us in this country, and all free countries of the world.
So on this Independence Day, let’s reflect on the gift of career choice, and, as business leaders, earn our teammates’ commitment for another year.
-Paul