06 Mar 2023
I am Helen Tupper, CEO of Amazing If – a company on a mission to make squiggly careers better for everyone. My squiggly career has included leadership and Marketing roles for Virgin, and working across sales, innovation, marketing, customer insight and now career development.
I’ve witnessed ‘inequitable’ conversations about people at work. At times, I was confident enough to pause the conversation and address my concerns and at times I struggled to speak up. Some of my biggest career regrets come from those situations where I didn’t speak up. I think one of the most important things we can do is to create cultures where people can speak up and address biases and behaviours that get in the way of equity at work.
I believe that development should be democratised. That, regardless of your level or role, you should be able to access the support you need to succeed in your squiggly career. It’s why we create and share so many free career development tools (people can access our free career toolkit here: https://www.amazingif.com/toolkit/)
I’m proud of the difficult decisions I’ve made about my development. The decision to leave a culture that didn’t work for me, despite the company looking so good on my CV. The decision to start a side project when people were cynical about my ability to keep it going. The commitment to complete my MBA with 2 young children and a full-time job. I’m a big believer in challenging your limits, rather than limiting your challenges and never letting other people set those limits for you.
Think about what you really want to stand for, then reflect on what makes you stand out and whom you can stand with that helps you learn, improve and stay energised.
– Helen Tupper, CEO of Amazing If
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