AGP Ep 9: Stuart Gibbon—Confidence, self-awareness and reflection can boost you to the top

by | Nov 29, 2016

Stuart Gibbon’s first role in an IT organisation was CIO. He is now leading the Digital Strategy development for WA government in the Office of the CIO. Stuart knows how to lead and how to efficiently progress your career, and he shares his tips and learnings in this episode.

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“For me the thing that always defines a good day is either I learned something, taught something, or changed something” —Stuart Gibbon
“I try to look at things from the perspective of other people, not automatically assuming they’re right but to help me figure out if I’m looking at the whole elephant” —Stuart Gibbon
“In digital transformation, it’s not about having a clear end goal in mind, it’s having the next goal in mind” —Stuart Gibbon

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Credits

Topics/Transcript

Topics discussed

  • Stuart’s background as a science geek. Physics and criminal science.
  • Pushing ahead of your capabilities and trusting that you’ll learn
  • The power of mentors, even informal
  • Self-awareness, being open to others perspectives
  • Failure as a pathway to success (Agile mindset)
  • The roles of leaders, managers and executives (stepping back from the hands on, hiring people who are smarter than you)
  • Being comfortable being able to say “I don’t have an answer for that”
  • How to influence difficult stakeholders

Questions asked

  • 02:59 what’s it that you geek about these days?
  • 10:20 how did you find the confidence to take an opportunity and learn later how to do it?
  • 13:25 what would you say to people who see roles that they’d like to have a go at but they don’t feel confident?
  • 18:20 Do you ever find that getting one’s value from work comes with a risk attached to it?
  • 22:08 What do you think the challenges are of being a leader in a technical field?
  • 29:45 Have you always been good with people?
  • 33:09 What do you think the hardest part about the connection between people and technology is?
  • 40:11 As a thought leader, do you find it easier to influence people or do you still find resistance to your ideas?
  • 52:48 What your approach about dealing with stubborn stakeholders who wouldn’t come on the journey?

Quotable

  • 06:15 “If you like teaching, you will love learning” —Stuart Gibbon
  • 07:08 “For me the thing that always defined a good day is either I learned something, taught something, or changed something” —Stuart Gibbon
  • 09:37 “As a leader, I make sure people know why I’m doing what I’m doing even if they don’t agree with me, at least they disagree on the basis of the reason not simply the action” —Stuart Gibbon
  • 11:15 “Confidence is not confidence in your ability to do something, but confidence in your ability to challenge something, because you can never be 100% guaranteed to success” —Stuart Gibbon
  • 17:47 “I try to look at things from the perspective of other people, not automatically assuming they’re right but simply as another perspective and help me figure out if I’m looking at the whole elephant” —Stuart Gibbon
  • 32:25 “If somebody says I don’t know 50 times and only gives you one answer, you’re likely to trust that answer” —Stuart Gibbon
  • 40:36 “I’d rather spend an hour with someone who disagree with everything I think and is able to articulate and challenge it on a rational, constructive basis and we can discuss and debate” —Stuart Gibbon
  • 45:21 “As long as you have enough confidence that it’s not a stupid step forward, you should take it” —Stuart Gibbon
  • 50:24 “You focus always on what you’re trying to accomplish and to seek to reduce what threatens that should be only an action not the whole focus” —Stuart Gibbon
  • 51:53 “In digital transformation, it’s not about having a clear end goal in mind, it’s having the next goal in mind” —Stuart Gibbon
  • 59:26 “The future holds looking for the next challenge rather than sitting admiring the last challenge” —Stuart Gibbon

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