Peter Mottek has been working in the banking industry for nearly 30 years. He is the Co-CEO and Country Manager of Barclays Bank, PLC in Iberia. Since his time with the company, Peter Mottek has been helping it grow. His work has earned him a reputation as an industry leader, and he has earned the respect of his many colleagues around the world. Peter Mottek believes that many things have led to his success. In addition to getting a sound education and having a very supportive family, Peter Mottek would like to share a few tips that he feels will help other professionals find success.
- Learn your trade. Peter Mottek says that many high potential employees are in a rush to climb the corporate latter, and measure success by how quickly they can get promoted. Some can do this for a while without ever developing a “mastery” in any particular skills. So before you get to far along in your career, develop one or two skills in business where you are a leading expert among your peers. This will enable you to combine your expert knowledge and capability with your ambition and drive to succeed.
- Develop and widen your network outside your industry. Continued success in any career is very demanding…especially when you manage a business or lead a team of people. Too often, highly driven executives become insular and only develop their network with people in the same company and industry. Peter Mottek suggests you “widen your pond” and develop professional relationships with other successful business people from different industries. You will be surprised how much you can learn from those outside your own business, how unique their insights can be, and how many people you will know in common where you work and live.
- Diversity in Teams Peter Mottek says that his highest performing teams were teams that were highly diverse in skills, background and gender. He suggests your resist the temptation of “hiring people in your own image”. Top talent that is diverse brings a broader perspective to the workplace, generates different approaches to solving problems and sends a powerful, positive message to your organization that success is not limited by background and gender.
- Spend time at all levels of your organization. Peter Mottek says that business leaders have to get out of their Executive Suite and spend time with colleagues at every organization layer in the company. Too often, the CEO’s agenda gets so overwhelmed that they insulate themselves from the company and only interact with a small circle of colleagues. To get the real pulse of your organization, you need to reach out to people that work in your company, especially those employees who interact with customers. Often times CEO’s ask their direct reports for feedback regarding the company culture, as well as employee and customer satisfaction. The best CEO’s get constant feedback but from colleagues at all different levels in the organization and a wide variety of different customers. If you have multiple locations in your business, Peter Mottek suggest spending more time away from Headquarters and invest time at the remote locations of your business. You will be amazed how the perceptions of your company and its culture can change as you get farther away from the head office… and how even the most basic communications get re-interpreted with an entirely different message
- Do something you truly enjoy – it is important to choose a career that gives you personal and professional satisfaction. Peter Mottek says that if your going to be dedicated to being one of the best in your industry, you will spend a major part of your life committed away from your family and from leisure time……so your might as well have a passion for what you are doing. If you wake up in the morning and look forward to the challenges facing you at work, and working with the people that help you succeed, then you are on the right track. If , however, you dread each day going to the office and cannot wait to finish your work and leave ….then you may want to reevaluate your job situation and find something you can be passionate about. If you do, you will find that success will come easier, and so will your personal happiness and well being.
- Get a Coach. If you are a CEO, then self-awareness will be one of your most important traits as a business leader. As the CEO, your actions will be watched and interpreted by everyone around you. So you must become self aware of how your daily behavior impacts the business. The most productive way to understand your impact on others and become more aware is to hire a Coach. I have had two coaches throughout my career and both have been invaluable pointing out ways for me to improve my self-awareness so I can recognize when I am positively and negatively impacting the organization as a result of my actions.