Three different strategies for career planning: 1) Ten year back casting – start ten years from now. Think about how you’d like that to look/be and then work backwards (hence back casting) from there to now. 2) Future skills – look a lists of skills of the future and build the needed skills. 3) What […]
Is a PhD dangerous outside academia? Potentially – we have problems for every solution. Not to mention an potentially over analytical and over critical mindset…. Transcript: I saw an interesting discussion on Twitter today about the value of a PhD. I mentioned in an earlier video, I said how I always saw myself as a […]
Knowing what you want to do – at any stage in life – is hard. In this video I talk about how I made the decision to switch from an academic career to a non-academic career. I also cover some of the things that made it possible/easier both as a PhD student, as well as […]
Without doubt, academic researchers are experts in their field. But, in so many cases non-academics are selected as experts. Experts when it comes to talking to the media. Experts when it comes to acting on panels. Experts when it comes to consulting. So, if you’re interested in being positioned as an expert – how do […]
The problem most academics have working with industry is that they assume industry is like them. The problem most industry has with academics is they assume academics are like them.
Just like everything looks like a nail if you are a hammer, your PhD appears academic when all of your skills are presented in that context. Similarly, people in other sectors will have the same problem. They’ll see how their skills are specific to their sector.
Since 2014, I’ve been involved in Thought Leaders Business School. First as a student; then as a faculty member, and now as an alumnus. I learnt a lot of great things over that time. From using Pink Sheets as a way of systematically capturing my thoughts/intellectual property, to using Green Sheets as a tool to […]
Virtual teams, or my preferred term – distributed teams – have come into prominence as a result of many governments implementing physical distancing measures to curb the transmission of COVID-19. However, virtual teams have been in operation for many years. Banks and utilities have had personnel placed across the globe for varying functions for the […]
According to research from the UK, 2/3 of final year PhD students are unclear on what they want to do after their PhD. And about 1/3 (30%) of PhD graduates would not do the their PhD again. I think the two are linked. That not know what you want to do next means you get […]
I was an entrepreneur before it was cool. Before being an innovator or agile was a thing. I was an entrepreneur when it was called owning your own business. Being self-employed.