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Alexis Rose, Director of Business Operations, Accenture Strategy Europe

Alexis Rose

The only person truly responsible for your career is you.

Alexis Rose is the Director of Business Operations for Accenture Strategy Europe and has been with Accenture for over 17 years. Alexis spent the first part of her career in the Communications & High Tech Strategy practice, having joined Accenture as a graduate fresh from the Cambridge Judge Business School.

She is also the lead for the company’s Accent on Gender network in the UK. Alexis was recognised as one of Management Today’s “35 under 35” in 2012. She is passionate about both gender parity and balancing a fulfilling career with the achievement of personal goals. She is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for a theatre charity, Centre Stage London, and she performs regularly in cabarets and musicals. She is also a keen photographer!

Top tips

  • Take chances and try something new, see where it leads. You don't always know where you're going, and that's ok.
  • Authenticity is key. Decide what you would like to be known for - it could be a topic of expertise or your characteristics in a team - but you must ground your personal brand in your true self to be believable and sustainable.
  • Business is about people. Build relationships by remembering that everybody is a person, no matter how senior they are - they have families and passions outside of work, so ask questions!
  • To stand out from your peers, it's often not enough to just do your job well. Find something that excites you and volunteer in whatever way you can - community events, diversity initiatives, brown bags on new technology - as long as you find it interesting, your enthusiasm will rub off on others and more people will know who you are. 
  • Find women (or men!) that inspire you and create connections with them - make it a habit to collect role models and informal mentors. Very few senior leaders will turn down a polite request for a quick coffee (hot tip - start with an email asking if they would spend 30 minutes with you to talk about their journey and then follow up with whoever manages their diary)
  • As female leaders we have a duty to be transparent, authentic and to tell our stories - we will never reach gender parity if those who are successful today are not proactive in inspiring younger women.  

 

the most valuable piece of advice SOMEONE HAS GIVEN YOU

As a young manager I spent a year working on a deal that we eventually lost, and the day we got the call, I was crushed. A very senior partner turned to me and said, "Think of this as an opportunity - you will learn more from losing than you would have done from winning." He was right – my career ended up taking a new direction and I learnt a valuable lesson in dealing with disappointment with resilience, perspective and positivity. 

Your key piece advice to someone looking to progress

The only person truly responsible for your career is you.