49. Leadership and career success: The advice you probably didn't get - with Susan Colantuono.

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The Job Hunting Podcast Episode 49

Susan Colantuono's TED Talk "The career advice you probably didn't get" has over 4 million views and has recently been included as one of the top 10 TEDTalks for career moves by The Enterprise Project. TED has also included it in a special playlist for women's career development. It has been my favorite for years, and I often recommend it to my coaching clients. So it was a huge honor to have Susan as my guest for this episode. We recorded live in August 2020 during the 2020 Digital Innovation Forum, organized by the Department of Jobs, Precinct, and Regions of Victoria.

I was so grateful that, in preparation for the recording of this episode, I had the opportunity to read her book, No Ceiling, No Walls*, which I now recommend to my clients as well.

This episode is dedicated to a better understanding of the relationship between leadership skills and career progression. Susan and I go through many exciting discussions about leadership and its link to career development and advancement. This synergy and connection are crucial for my ambitious clients: those who want to look for a new job opportunity and want that opportunity to stretch their skills and experience further.

Timestamps to guide your listening:

  • 09:50 – Susan's career story
  • 16:00 – How she chose her preferred area of expertise
  • 17:59 – The idea behind her famous TEDTalk: The 'missing 33%'
  • 21:51 – Feedbacks and pushbacks
  • 25:23 – What has changed since her book No Ceiling, No Walls was written 10 years.
  • 30:19 – Superwomen and infrastructure
  • 34:09 – Tools and resources to move forward in your career
  • 37:32 – Be careful what you're good at
  • 40:27 – Employee perspective and manager perspective
  • 42:26 – Hiring you is an investment
  • 46:26 – Participant's question: Promotion in the higher-education/public sector
  • 50:41 – Participant's question: Insights on diversity and inclusion

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Hello, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also an executive coach, job hunting expert, and career strategist. I teach corporate, non-profit, and public professionals the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

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. 

So there is no excuse – I’m determined to help you! I want you to feel empowered, nail your next job, and have the career you want.

Enjoy the episode, and ciao for now!


Renata Bernarde | Job Hunting Expert

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