Are you making progress in your career?

Gary Burnison, the CEO of leading global headhunters Korn Ferry recently shared a tool for understanding the current health of your career, the Career Momentum Index (CMI).

Gary says that, in our careers, we also need to honestly know “Where am I right now?”. For a healthy body, we can check out our heart rate, our body mass index (BMI), cholesterol, blood pressure, etc. For careers, Korn Ferry have the Career Momentum Index (CMI).

Do you have Career Momentum?

  • Are you engaged in your current job? Do you wake up every morning, ready to go, or do you hit the snooze button–literally and figuratively?
  • Does your boss recognize your contribution? When was the last time your boss acknowledged what you did? How well did you do on your last performance review–have you even had one in the last 12 months?
  • Are you considered indispensable? Are you the go-to person for your boss and the team who does whatever it takes it get things done?
  • When was the last time you were promoted? Two years ago? Five years? Longer?
  • When was the last time you learned something new in your job? Are you stretched and growing, or is it the “same old, same old” every day?

If you are interested in learning more about Career Momentum, Gary continues his series on Career Momentum with The 90 Day Career Diet, Step 2.

A Fulfilling Life and Career

I recently heard Doctor Marian Rojas, psychiatrist and author of “how to have good things happen to you” (in spanish) share the 3 questions you need to answer to build a fulfilling life for yourself:

If you are IESE alumni the IESE Careers Service department are a great source of objective career coaching. There are some changes that we can manage by ourselves, there are many changes that we can really only achieve with the support of others – mentors, coaches and supporters. Here’s a list of the major changes that people turn to coaching to help navigate.

Starting is easy.  There are no prizes for starting the marathon.  You get the medal for finishing.

Most people I know are good at starting.  Few people I know are good at finishing.

Who do you know who is good at finishing?

What do they do differently?

The closer you get to the end, the stronger the emotional resistance grows.

“An artist never finishes a work, he abandons it.”

Pablo Picasso

I thrive on interaction.  This blog gives me a short term feedback as I write. I can hit publish after 15 to 20 minutes and immediately get responses. 

I’ve consistently failed to write a book because I am addicted to the short term feedback of blog comments, of emails, of youtube videos…  I’ve never been able to commit to the 3 year process of writing without “likes” and comments.

The question for me: is it still important to me to write a book?

Google started asking team members to answer the following questions, using a 1 (strongly agree) to 5 (strongly disagree) scale.

  1. My manager gives me actionable feedback that helps me improve my performance.
  2. My manager does not “micromanage” (get involved in details that should be handled at other levels).
  3. My manager shows consideration for me as a person.
  4. The actions of my manager show that he/she values the perspective I bring to the team, even if it is different from his/her own.
  5. My manager keeps the team focused on our priority results/deliverables.
  6. My manager regularly shares relevant information from his/her manager and senior leaders.
  7. My manager has had a meaningful discussion with me about career development in the past six months.
  8. My manager communicates clear goals for our team.
  9. My manager has the technical expertise (e.g., coding in Tech, selling in Global Business, accounting in Finance) required to effectively manage me.
  10. I would recommend my manager to other Googlers.
  11. I am satisfied with my manager’s overall performance as a manager.

And then a couple of fill-in-the-blank questions:

  • 12. What would you recommend your manager keep doing?
  • 13. What would you have your manager change?

The Google Manager Feedback Form

Here’s a link to the survey as a Google Form: Google Leadership Evaluation survey.

Soft Skills Matter Most

Only one question refers to technical skills.  Every other question focuses on soft skills: communication, feedback, coaching, teamwork, respect, and consideration. Google have seen that it is not what you know, but how you act that shapes your impact as a leader.

Digital affects every area of my life, yet I am often an idiot when it comes to online security.

Hacking is not just something just for the US Government and large banks to worry about. Lots of companies and people have been hacked in 2018 with large data breaches or shutdown of their services.

A question we must all address is our preference for either A) security or B) ease of access. Most increases in security have an impact in your personal ease of access. For some lesser important services, ease will be most important. For your critical digital services (email, banking, credit cards) security might take the upper hand. For social media profiles some balance between security and ease is probably right.

I have 2 requests of you to make your (online) life more secure:

#1 Use Two Factor Authentication

The most important step for you as an individual is to set up Two Factor Authentication (2FA) for your email. 2FA is a security process in which you provide use 2 devices to verify your identity. In my case, I use my iphone as the second factor. Everywhere that gives you an option of 2FA… I’d switch it on.

#2 Use a Password Manager

…and create different passwords for every site that you use. I use Lastpass. It runs on my laptop, my ipads and my iphone. It will run on most devices.

The Basics of Cybersecurity

I don’t intend to write a full post on personal cybersecurity. Here is a basic introduction from the US Government: How do I protect myself from Cyberattacks?

Setting up 2FA on my Most Used Services

  1. Gmail email.
  2. Google account.
  3. Dropbox.
  4. Evernote.
  5. Twitter.
  6. Facebook.
  7. LastPass: Open LastPass on the web, click Settings > Multifactor Options

A Full Guide to Personal Cybersecurity

Here’s a much better In-Depth Guide to Personal Cybersecurity from Nick Rosener. I used it as a source for some of the ideas here, and also to do a fairly extensive audit of my current cybersecurity risks. Thanks to Nick for putting this guide together.

You can listen to the full podcast on soundcloud, or subscribe on iTunes (itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/radeo/id1250841955

I had a wonderful conversation with EO South Africa member and RadEO Podcast host Ross Drakes (along with the great Rich Mulholland) a few weeks back after the EO Global Leadership Academy in Washington.

About this Episode: In this episode of RadEO, Ross talks to Conor Neill, the president of Vistage Spain. They talk about how you are a vehicle for a project and one should realise your own potential and purpose. Finding meaning in suffering can help in not losing sight of your full strength. Conor gives his 3 top ways to communicating effectively and understanding others around you by asking them what fulfilment looks like. We are all encouraged by enthusiasm, and Conor suggests putting enthusiasm into everything we do.

Podcast Show Summary of our Conversation

  • 00:44 – Conor’s elevator pitch
  • 09:38 – Unlocking your own potential and realising your purpose
  • 13:20 – Finding meaning in suffering
  • 20:21 – Not losing sight of your full strength and potential
  • 22:05 – Communicating effectively
  • 26:05 – We are encouraged by other’s enthusiasm
  • 32:50 – Nothing worthwhile is within your comfort zone
  • 35:00 – When your core is clear you’re not seeking after the opinions of others
  • 37:13 – Ask people around who want they need to be fulfilled
  • 40:20 – Sometimes it’s easy for us to give to others, what’s easy for us to give
  • 43:40 – Allow your intuition to tell you what are the things that are important to you
  • 44:37 – Write down your purpose

You can listen to the full podcast here on soundcloud, or subscribe on iTunes (itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/radeo/id1250841955

Running thru Washington with Ross and Friends

Ross is the one with the beard in these photos…

Did Netflix kill Blockbuster?

or did Blockbuster forget about customers?

Did Amazon kill Sears?

or did Sears forget about customers?

One of my early business mentors told me “you have to be half the price or triple the value for someone to switch from their current provider”.  People don’t switch from Sears to Amazon for a couple of pennies… the new had to be much better than the old.

If you were competing with yourself, or competing with your business – how would you attack?  Where is that weakness?  Fix that.  Don’t wait for the customers to discover that someone else does it for half the price or triple the value…  because it will be very hard to get them back.

If you liked this post you will also like 12 Questions for Any Business and 6 Keys to Leading Positive Change in Organisations.

Nothing brings more opportunity into your life than speaking well in public.

I have been teaching for 16 years on many leadership programs at IESE Business School. Today I’m sharing a playlist of a series of videos that we put together as an introduction for participants of future courses.

There are 10 videos in the full playlist with a total duration of about 60 minutes.

There are 4 steps to speaking with impact:

  1. Have something to say
  2. Say it well
  3. Say it with Intensity
  4. Connect with the people in the audience

Here’s the link to the Leadership Communications video playlist