C-suite career advice: Luke D'Arcy, Momentum Worldwide

What tips would the c-suite give to the next generation?

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Name: Luke D’Arcy

Company: Momentum Worldwide

Job Title: UK President

Location: London, UK


What was the most valuable piece of career advice that you received?
“You have two ears and one mouth, use them in that ratio.” It was one of the most salient pieces of advice from my first MD at a field marketing agency when I was an Account Executive. It has served me pretty well, but it is amazing how hard I still have to work on it!
At Virgin I was lucky enough to work with Richard Branson who taught me to move twice as fast as your competition and don’t be afraid to fail.

What was the worst piece of career advice that you received?
“How about a career in banking?” I attended a management graduate day at a well-known building society and underwent around 15 rounds of interviews. By interview 10 we mutually agreed the job wasn’t for me. I had a chat about the international rugby match that weekend instead and I got an early train home – my financial services career in joyful tatters.

What advice would you give someone starting their career in the tech industry?
Talk to everybody. Be curious. Throw yourself into everything with enthusiasm. Earn your stripes. Always treat others as you would like to be treated.

What tips would you give someone aiming for a c-suite level position?
If you are good enough then you are old enough. Age should not be a barrier to career progression to the C-Suite. That said – it does take time to learn what your strengths and weaknesses are. Once you get to c-suite level focus on the things that you do really well and bring in a strong team around you in areas where you are weaker.
Also, always remember you are there to not only run a business but to also nurture and aid others careers. Give back whenever you can.
Finally – don’t forget to have fun. It is infectious for all those around you. The minute you stop enjoying it it’s time to leave!

Are you particularly proud of any career advice that you’ve been given or the career route/development of anyone you’ve mentored?
I have mentored a few people during my career and I would hope that I have played a small part in helping them succeed both here in the UK and spreading their wings abroad with agencies in LA and NY. Respect, humility, honesty and a sense of enthusiasm are traits I hope I have passed on.