Episode 56: Carter Cast, clinical professor at the Kellogg School of Management and partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital

Carter Cast is the former CEO of Wal-Mart, a professor of entrepreneurship and leadership at the Kellogg School of Management, and author of the award-winning The Right (and Wrong) Stuff: How Brilliant Careers are Made – and Unmade, named one of Business Insider’s must-read books of 2018.

Join us for today’s episode as Carter Cast shares some revealing truths about what impedes the careers of talented people—and corrective actions for reclaiming career advancement.

In this episode you will learn:

  • The recurring themes around career derailment that emerged in the course of a year of research (Number 1: interpersonal issues).
  • The striking gap between our perceived self-awareness and our actual self-awareness, and a guaranteed solution for closing that gap.
  • How to make that transformation of identity, the shift from “me to we,” when you are promoted.
  • The undeniable power of a mentor, and the very best way to ask someone to mentor you.
  • What to do if you’re the “Whirling Dervish” archetype, and just too busy to get things done.


Carter Cast:

On feedback: “Seek feedback in the moment, right after an event occurs, with your peers and with your boss. And give them an opening and show you’re amenable to feedback.”

On determining what’s important to your advancement: “You don’t want a knowledge and skill gap in an area that’s core to what the company is about, because you’re limited in your ability to move up. Reduce the gap between what you know now and what you need to get to the next level. Do the gap analysis.”

On prioritizing: “I realized my emails represent someone else’s agenda. Don’t be a slave to someone else’s activities.”

Contacts and Resources

Carter Cast’s website

Carter Cast on twitter

Hogan Personality Inventory

Center for Creative Leadership

Dr. Tasha Eurich: Insight

Linda A. Hill: Becoming a Manager

David Allen: Getting Things Done 

William Yuri: The Power of a Positive No

Caroline Stokes – The Forward Co.

Diagnose your organizations EQ to use the online diagnostic featured in Caroline Stokes’ new book Elephants Before Unicorns: Emotionally Intelligent HR Strategies To Save Your Company.