The New Rules of Work: How Today's Leaders are Redefining the Career Path


What are the new rules of work? In today’s rapidly changing business environment, how are companies finding and nurturing the next generation of leadership? And, are the same truisms that helped propel today’s leaders to executive status still applicable today?

Kathryn Minshew, Founder and CEO of The Muse and author of the forthcoming book ‘The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career‘ (Penguin Random House/Orion Publishing, 2017) led the discussion at AOL Build on how the traditional career ladder is evolving and what aspiring leaders need to know to get ahead.

Moderated By: Kathryn Minshew, Founder and CEO of The Muse

Panelists Included:

  • Linda Boff, CMO, GE
  • Laurie Rosenfield, Managing Director, Talent@MediaLink
  • Robert Toohey, EVP & Chief People Officer, AOL

Here are the top takeaways from the event.

Intentionality – Not all careers will follow a linear path these days and when you have intentionality behind your career changes, you are in tune with what you want to accomplish and how the company/position/opportunity will align with your valuesIMG_1046.

Develop your management/leadership skills – Be in a role long enough to accomplish management and leadership experiences, which could be beyond a specific job title, such as taking on training an intern or finding ways to mentor peers.

Gain a variety of experiences – In a job environment that’s constantly evolving and where many legacy companies are being disrupted, versatility and resourcefulness are key characteristics to prove you can adapt to change. In the eyes of recruiters, your DNA is made up of all the different types of companies where you’ve been.

Culture needs to be a good fit – You can survive a bad boss, but you can’t survive a bad culture.IMG_0940

Be a continual learner – Individuals who stay curious and aren’t afraid to work on their weaknesses have the best shot at future-proofing themselves throughout the changing work environment. The key is figuring out ways to continuously add value.

Diversity – When the industry thinks, and talks about, diversity, we almost always mean diversity in terms of gender, race, and sexuality. While formal diversity is absolutely important, informal diversity, such as a lack of diversity in thought, is arguably more dangerous.
Thank you to all our speakers and AOL for such a successful event!