Answer: By examining the career path of a Senior CorpComm executive I have known for several years, and his transition to a new role, I realized he has the future of the company in his hands.
His current title is Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. He is entrusted with global responsibility for the brand extension into entirely new product categories.
How did that happen? Often successful executives are not able to answer that question. Far too many times I hear, “I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time.” That’s the wrong answer. Why are successful executives satisfied with offering such a superficial explanation when there are specific reasons for their rise to leadership roles? Thoughtful responses can be so much more valuable for their own decision-making as well as for their peers also wanting to make the best career choices.
As I tick off the pieces that fell into place and led to Nathan’s success, I will comment on them when we arrive at that critical point in his career.