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C-suite career advice: Robert Gothan, Accountagility

Robert Gothan

  Company: Accountagility

  Job Title: CEO and founder

  Location: London, UK


What was the most valuable piece of career advice that you received?
To be bold.  Ultimately you need to get out there and make a splash, so jump.

What was the worst piece of business advice that you received?
Do marketing on a shoestring budget.  You need to get the right people in at the beginning and design a go-to-market approach.  Suffice to say, this was one of my more expensive lessons.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career in the tech industry?
The technology market is huge, and even experienced people find it difficult to keep up.  However, remember that the more things change, the more they stay the same.  People who succeed in technology generally understand not just how all the levers work, but how they can be applied to solve real world challenges.  Develop focus and establish yourself as an expert in your chosen field.

Next, you must also remember that as you get more senior, communication and management skills will ultimately determine how far you can go.  Invest in these early – programmes like Toastmasters are an excellent start.  Lastly, a sound understanding of security, change and project management will help you to work constructively within the modern enterprise.

What tips would you give to someone aiming for a c-level position?
The most successful CXO’s that I meet have a strong resonance with the business and the staff that work there.  No matter how big picture a thinker you are, an appreciation of the detail goes a long way.  At the end of the day, it’s about culture, strategy and talent.

Are you particularly proud of any career advice that you’ve given or the career route/development of anyone you’ve mentored?
I’m particularly proud of how the Accountagility team is developing.  We are growing quickly and are developing great skills.  We have a culture where people are empowered to make decisions, yet have the support they need to carry through and execute.  I am working on creating a business that I would want to work for, and that’s a pretty tall order!


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