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What you can learn from Logan Roy’s mistakes… and other tips for getting ahead at work

Voco Team
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In today's world, where the competition for jobs and success is fierce, it's crucial to have a set of skills that can help you stand out from the crowd. But sometimes you can find inspiration for these desirable attributes from the oddest of places. Turns out a TV show about childish business decisions and AI could be your saving grace when building your professional arsenal. 

From the lessons we can learn from HBO's hit series "Succession" about high-stakes business negotiations, through leveraging AI to improve your job search, to effective communication strategies, and the importance of having a growth mindset for career advancement, below are some very valuable insights and actionable advice for anyone looking to succeed in today's rapidly changing world. 

Read: What HBO’s “Succession” Can Teach Us About Negotiating

If you haven’t seen HBO's Succession, we recommend you get to it ASAP. It's a thinly veiled satire of the high stakes and dramatic machinations at the top of a media conglomerate that looks a lot like the Murdoch empire...  As well as having some of the sharpest writing on TV, it also acts as a useful reminder of what not to do in business negotiations, and so HBR takes a look at the classic mistakes business leaders often make in situations that parallel those in the show.

Read: How To Leverage AI And Use ChatGPT In Your Job Search, According To Résumé Writers And Career Coaches

ChatGPT continues to dominate headlines, and generative  AI is now  growing in popularity among job seekers, helping with job hunting, CV and cover letter writing and interview prep.The majority of job seekers using ChatGPT, which reached one billion visits in February, saw a higher response rate from companies (70%) and 78%  were invited to interviews, although 11% were rejected when they revealed they’d used ChatGPT to aid their application! So to reap the benefits and avoid the pitfalls, find out how a series of career experts think AI could help or hinder your next job search.

Listen: It’s Not About You: Why Effective Communicators Put Others First 

Communication guru, Nancy Duarte, believes effective communication is based on empathy and putting the audience first. In this podcast from Stanford Business School, he argues that presenters should seek to understand their audience before speaking to them, and that the audience is the hero of the story, not the presenter.

Read: You need to develop this top skill to advance your career. Here are 5 ways to do it

Having a "growth mindset" has long been recognised as a valuable career skill and is something we’ve spoken a lot about at Voco. It encourages people to turn challenges into opportunities, and when trying to master new skills, like the ones above, a growth mindset is a must have! So here’s a timely reminder of five ways to keep yourself 3 in that mindset…

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