The Agile Career Podcast

Adaptability and Overcoming Adversity

July 05, 2020 Günter Richter / Steve Stewart-Keene Season 1 Episode 14
The Agile Career Podcast
Adaptability and Overcoming Adversity
Show Notes

In this episode, I interview Steve Stewart-Keene. Steve shares his story with us, that begins with a life-changing motorcycle accident and how he had to consider the career options available to him. He talks about some of his earlier jobs before taking on a role with The Prince's Trust, helping vulnerable young people get their lives back on track. Steve then shares how he took a great leap and left the United Kingdom to start and run a resort in the South African bush. He shares some of the challenges that he needed to overcome to make this a reality.

Having made a success of the resort and running it for nine years, Steve talks about his return to the UK and how, after several jobs, found a massively fulfilling role, co-caring for a disabled young man.   


Key Takeaways

  • Knowing your product (or service) and believing in it, is key to you making a success of your role
  • You can come up with a lot of reasons not to do something. If you have an idea and you believe in it, do the research, look at alternatives, think about worst-case scenarios, and then plan
  • In addition to having a plan, always have a plan B
  • Have patience and look at things holistically - understand the big picture
  • You need to develop the ability to sell what you are doing
  • Be flexible and adaptable and be willing to change things that are not working
  • Take feedback from others, sometimes it is not only your plan
  • Understand that the world is a bigger place and expose yourself to diverse cultures and experiences
  • Enjoy what you do, many people don't
  • Obstacles are there to be overcome


Resources Mentioned
Steve spoke about his work and career at The Prince's Trust


Books Mentioned
Steve recommends the following books:


Connect with Steve
Steve does not have a social media presence but listeners are welcome to contact him via the show.

Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)