145. The importance of grit in job hunting and career success - with James Brook.
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.
By listening to this episode, you will learn more about GRIT, including:
- What is grit, why is it important, and how do you know if you have enough?
- The link between grit and purpose
- Why grit is correlated with career success
- The importance of a growth mindset.
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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
Links mentioned in this episode:
- The Free Optimized Job Search Schedule
- Angela Duckworth's Grit Scale
- Book "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance" by Angela Duckworth
- Angela Duckworth's TED Talk