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C-suite career advice: Stuart Grey, shinobicontrols

Stuart Grey

 Company: shinobicontrols

 Job Title: Chief Operating Officer

 Location: Newcastle, UK


What was the most valuable piece of career advice that you received?
There are no rules. Don’t be afraid to question and think differently. Bringing new ideas into the equation adds value, but learning to accept the ideas of others is equally, if not more, important.

What was the worst piece of business advice that you received?
"Do your time”. In my view you should never feel like you ought to do something; rather, you should understand what you’re aiming to achieve or question it.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career in the tech industry?
Make sure you’re always excited about the coming 12 months. If you’re not, why not? The coming year should have a purpose, an outcome that you want to achieve. Work out where you think you’ll be and decide if you’ll be satisfied when you get there.

What tips would you give to someone aiming for a C-level position?
Look up every now and then. Understand what’s going on around you and why the business is doing what it’s doing. You don’t have to try to get involved or take more on, just be aware and start to get a feel for how the business moves.

Are you particularly proud of any career advice that you’ve given or the career route/development of anyone you’ve mentored?
If you’ve been made responsible for it, make sure you have the power to change it. Otherwise, stress and frustration are the result.


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