Looking Beyond the Car in Front
A Guide to Making the Right Career Choices at the Right Time
- Available for pre-order. Item will ship after December 17, 2021
How do you plot the best career path? How do you know you’re heading in the right direction professionally? How do you effectively make a shift into a new industry about which you have little knowledge or experience? The Career Coach, written by leading recruitment expert Grant Duncan, guides mid-career and senior business executives in taking a more assertive and strategic longer-term approach to career choices. No other careers book includes insights from so many people who have steered their careers to the top of their professions.
The professional journey we’re on is typically the result of a mixture of hard work, good luck and brainpower, but not always proactive choices and decisions. Drawing on over 30 years’ experience of working with, talking to, and assessing executives with many different career journeys, the book offers an approach to set a longer-term mindset and a toolkit to help those who are thinking about their future career plans and, particularly, a career change. Grant has worked alongside some of the most successful business leaders, and the book offers unique insights from interviews with CEOs, successful entrepreneurs and public and not-for-profit leaders from multiple sectors, including Roger Davis, Chairman of BUPA, Stevie Spring, Chairman of the British Council, Mind and Co-op NED, Stephen Carter, Informa plc Chair, Tim Davie, BBC Director General and Alan Jope, Unilever plc CEO.
When following the car in front may seem the easiest, safest and most rational course of action, it will not necessarily take you in the right direction. This book provides the perfect ‘front-seat navigator’ in steering your next career move, and for those supporting career development, including HR Directors, coaches and career management consultants.
Table of Contents
2. The Three Ages of Man
3. And the Ages of Woman?
4. Gen X, Y, Z…Whatever
5. On Entrepreneurs
6. The Context for Success
7. Looking in the Mirror
8. Where the Rubber Hits the Road
9. Defining Your Archetype
10. Get Out More
11. Going Social
12. The Endgame Game
Grant Duncan is Managing Director, Media, Entertainment and Digital at global leadership advisory consultancy, Korn Ferry. He has over 30 years of business experience gained in two professions. Grant’s first career saw him rise to leadership roles in a number of UK advertising agencies, latterly as CEO of Publicis. His second career has been in executive recruitment, initially at global executive search firm, Spencer Stuart, before joining Korn Ferry.
"A well-written and highly useable take on how to take control of a career and maximise potential, illustrated by fascinating interviews with leading executives which bring this vividly to life." – William Eccleshare, Worldwide CEO of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc
"A practical and thoughtful career progression manual, rich in analysis, action-oriented advice and sound common sense." – Dame Cilla Snowball, Governor at Wellcome Trust, Director at Genome Research Ltd (Wellcome Sanger Institute), Non Executive Director Derwent London plc
"A genuinely insightful guide to help people approach their career choices in a more proactive way, combining a playbook of techniques with the real-world journeys of senior executives." – Gavin Patterson, President and Chief Revenue Officer, Salesforce
"A very practical and highly readable guide to career planning by a recognised leadership practitioner and thought-leader." – Stevie Spring CBE, Chairman of The British Council