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Strategic Thinking with Stacy McCarthy

May 5, 2022 | Strategic thinking

For some of us strategic thinking comes naturally – for others it is something we have to learn.

In this episode Jean Balfour is joined by Stacy McCarthy. Stacy is a business advisor, executive coach and board member.

Stacy McCarthy has spent a lot of her career developing strategy for one of the world’s big brands. In this podcast she and Jean Balfour talk about

    • The importance of stepping out of your comfort zone in your career
    • The connection between purpose, values and resilience
    • How to plan time for strategic thinking
    • Ways to ‘triage’ your time and what you prioritise
    • How to link global and regional strategies and to influence both
    • Leading large teams
    • How do empower people to take risks

Stacy has over 25 years of experience across a really broad range of things. She has worked as an international executive, a military officer, and as a board director. Her career has had to living and working in nine countries where she led regional infrastructure operations for a fortune 500 from across the Asian and India, middle east and Africa regions.

In the Asian region, she transformed the team into an energised high performance organisation that supported 22% growth in the region with a reduction in operating costs whilst achieving 91% employee engagement score. She’s led strategic planning for a defence business helping to identify and make a large shift in product lines and capabilities. She’s also been an investment banker, a professional staffer on the US Senate defence appropriations committee, and was a commander in the U S Navy with two command tours.

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Hi, I’m Jean. Coach. Teacher. Podcaster.

I’m a Master Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation, with over 20 years of coaching experience and 30 years of working with leaders in organizations. I’m the Founder of Bailey Balfour Asia Pacific, an organization consultancy, where I’m also Creator and Programme Director of our Accredited Coach Training Programs.