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Rebecca Wainwright, Director of Strategy, Planning and Project Delivery, Phoenix Group

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You will not get good at something unless you practice…..and when you practice you will inevitably fail on occasion…This is when you get better. 

 

Strategy lead in Phoenix Group who loves piecing the organisational jigsaw together and leading great teams.  Uninspiring results at A-levels but redeemed myself at University. Winding & interesting career pathway which has allowed me to balance being a mum and career.  Avid Crossfit and weightlifting participant.   

Top tips

  • Being honest with yourself about what you want, what you can support and sometimes being prepared to take a leap of faith outside your comfort zone and knowing that whilst that initial learning experience will be tough, it will ultimately be the time when you will learn and grow.
  • Its not about what you know but being able to harness the collective power of your teams, setting clear tramlines to operate in, and communicating as much as you can so that everybody understands whether we are delivering what we expected.   
  • Don’t look back and don’t look too far forward – take each day in turn and it becomes so much easier to chip away at things and not become overwhelmed.  
  • Communication is important. You can't do enough of it particularly the informal kind! 
  • Don’t make it about the small talk.  Find some likely common interest, ask questions and listen.
  • Be yourself – always……and the brand will follow. 

 

Best piece of advice I have been given

You will not get good at something unless you practice…..and when you practice you will inevitably fail on occasion…This is when you get better. 

Key Advice for someone looking to progress

Acknowledging what you don’t know is when you’re able to learn and grow