What are you waiting for?

Richard Goyder said last week that he's expecting the economy to be buoyed by the outcome of the election. He didn't talk about whether it depended on a winner, just that some closure and a clear sense of long-term future leadership should do the trick.  

Ian Narev said much the same thing with regard to a roadmap that sets out an inspiring path for the economy.

Jennifer Westacott has been talking about the need for an economic action plan for enduring prosperity, arguing that business should take the reins and build a leadership platform that drives future productivity and prosperity in Australia.

Although I paraphrase a little for the sake of brevity, the strong language and fighting words are based on the need for leadership and also confidence.

In a little over two weeks the election will be done and dusted and the largest businesses in the country will be kicking into gear to work with whichever party wins, and their promises. 

But they aren't sitting around waiting for the result, they are already having conversations, rallying the troops and getting ready to take leadership matters into their own hands. 

They are also creating opportunities. 

I do a lot of work with executives who want to move into board positions and it's critical that they start working on creating their brand and profile opportunities before they have to.

They need to be out in the market doing what Richard, Ian and Jennifer are doing, well before they leave their executive roles.

When we start working together, I ask them the following questions:

  • What do you want to do next? 
  • How long before you intend to leave your company?
  • How fresh is your network?
  • Do you know who you know? 
  • Who do you know beyond the four walls of your current company? 
  • Have you done the necessary training to refresh your skills?
  • What does your profile look like in the market?
  • What do people think of when they think about you? 

These questions and subsequent actions take time to complete and it can often be left to the last minute. 

I get the feeling we are on the cusp of change and quite significant change that the market has been craving. 

I also believe that there has never been a better time to take advantage of this change and to create your own opportunities, to start your own conversations. So if you are thinking what else: what are you waiting for?