More than any other time in history, it is important that you become the CEO of your career.

It sounds bombastic but hear me out.

A good CEO has a vision for the company they lead.
Do you have a vision for what you want your career to look like? In 5 years? 10 years? I know we cannot predict market changes. But I know what a lack of vision can do firsthand and so this is something I think about often.

A good CEO is strategic about the next phase of growth.
What’s your next phase of growth? Do you want growth? Do you want it because YOU want it or because that is what everyone says you should do so you are just going with the flow?

A good CEO is an effective communicator.
Are you effectively communicating what you need? Are you talking to the right people and learning the information you need to communicate your way to your next step? Are you advocating for yourself and making sure the brilliant work you are doing is not overlooked?

A good CEO knows how to navigate both successes and failures.
Life is full of both. Knowing how to navigate either without becoming shipwrecked is an underrated life skill.

A good CEO will take risks.
In hindsight, choosing to switch to the biotech industry has been a worthwhile “risk”. It was the first time in my life I was intentionally choosing a career path because that is what I wanted to do, versus it being the “next step.”

I expand on each idea in the video below.

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