145. The importance of grit in job hunting and career success - with James Brook.

job hunting leadership personal brand Aug 01, 2022
The Job Hunting Podcast Episode 145

Grit is all about passion and perseverance - an important combination for professionals at a career crossroads. Be it a job loss, a major or minor career setback, a disappointment at work, or when your job hunting efforts are not translating to results. Grit is a much-needed trait that can help you overcome challenges and succeed in your career.

In this episode, I interview James Brook, CEO & Founder of TalentPredix and Plexus Leadership, to examine the components of grit, why it is so important, and how to develop it. James is well qualified to speak on this topic. He is an experienced Leadership and Talent Consultant, Coach, Advisor, and Business Psychologist, with over 25 years of experience working with leaders, teams, and organizations to optimize their talents, strengths, performance, and potential. Before moving into consulting, James held corporate leadership roles in People and Talent Management in the UK and abroad with companies such as Yahoo! and Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals. Clients he has worked with include global law firm Allen & Overy, luxury brand LVMH, Facebook, Hilton, GSK, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Oracle, and many more.

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About our guest:

James Brook, CEO & Founder of TalentPredix and Plexus Leadership, examines the components of grit, why it is so important, and how to develop it. He has over 25 years of experience working with leaders, teams, and organizations to optimize their talents, strengths, performance, and potential. He is an experienced Leadership and Talent Consultant, Coach and Advisor, and Business Psychologist. He is a regular writer and speaker on talent assessment and development, leadership, and the future of work. James has a Master's in Organizational Psychology, an MBA, and an Advanced Diploma in Executive Coaching. Click here to go to James Brook's LinkedIn profile.


4:20 What is grit?

9:58 How do you measure grit?

12:27 Finding your passion

14:35 Losing your purpose

 28:23 Why is grit so correlated with success?

33:44 Growth mindset

35:08 grit and relationship

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If you are 1) an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, 2) looking to find your next job or promotion, or 3) you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market so that when you are ready, and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you. In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have developed a range of courses and services for professionals in career or job transition. And, of course, I also coach private clients. 

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