Unlock your growth

Here we explore all things growth. It spans from personal to professional as we discuss the careers of our impressive guests. We explore the growth engines of a business through interesting go-to-market and customer success conversations. The goal is to take you through a journey of understanding what growth looks like from multiple angles, so you can unlock your growth.

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Season 1: Growing Your Career

Ever looked at someone’s career and wondered ‘how did they get there?’. This podcast is here to shine a light on the unseen parts of career development. Guests will share their failures and lessons, the mindset that helped them succeed and how they think about work-life harmony when leading demanding careers.

EP #08: Landing on your feet with Shane Stenson

When life throws us a punch, it hurts. There are no two ways about it. But it also presents us with an opportunity to get off the hamster wheel, pause, and reflect.  It gives us space to explore interests, and relaunch with intentionality.  Shane Stenson, Team Lead and Principal Customer Success Manager at HubSpot, shows us that a growth mindset is not just about climbing the career ladder, but a way to approach life.   In this episode, we talk about the roadblocks and hiccups in our careers, and about landing on our feet. 

EP #07: Taking the Leap – Customer Success rep turned founder with Brian Mackey

Forget the corporate ladder, let’s talk about entrepreneurship. Brian Mackey, Co-Founder of the technology agency Baskey, is living proof that you can pursue your ambition to work for yourself, even if you don’t have a safety net. In this episode, we explore how he went from busking in the streets of Dublin to support himself during college, to landing roles in Support and Customer Success and more recently, becoming his own boss.

EP #06: When Hard Work Meets Passion with Phil McHugh

It’s easier to excel when we do the things we are passionate about. For the final episode of the year, I interviewed Phil McHugh, Senior Director of Customer Success at Hubspot, a.k.a my boss. On the path from computer science drop-out to advertising and then technology, Phil reflects on the importance of knowing what you don’t want, how he discovered a passion for advertising, moving to the U.S., saying “yes” to a weird proposition and more. Phil is a storyteller, you won’t want this one to end.

EP #05: Why You Should Manage Your Career Like a Business with Maggie Bomze

You are the CEO of your life. So why aren’t you managing your career as a business? Maggie Bomze, Senior Manager of Customer Success at Hubspot, started her professional journey by breaking the job-hunting mould and tweeting the CEO of an agency she admired and later convincing them to create a role for her.In this episode, we discuss how to best market and sell yourself, and talk through strategies to help you frame your career as a series of investments you make into your future self.

EP #04: Growing a Career in Sales with Seona Tully

You don’t have to choose between growing your career and your personal priorities. Seona Tully, Director of Sales at Hubspot talks about the importance of goal orientation, a growth mindset, and a coaching environment to build a successful career. She shares the story of how she fell in love with sales, talks candidly about her transition from an individual contributor into management, and sheds a light on what it looks like to be a highly effective leader and also a mum.

EP #03: Breaking into Management with Finbar O’Grady

Breaking into management can seem like an impossible task. Finbar O’Grady climbed the Customer Success ladder all the way from Services Specialist to Principal Manager at Hubspot, and we got to learn how he did it! This episode is filled with sound advice and practical tips from one of the best in the business. If your goal is to grow into management or get inspired to bring your performance a notch up, this podcast is for you.

EP #02: From Public Relations to Customer Experience Leadership with Kelsey Balimtas

If you think a successful career is linear, think again. This month’s guest, Kelsey Balimtas, has built an impressive career that spans PR, Customer Success, Employee Enablement and Customer Experience. But was it all strategically laid out? Absolutely not. It was a discovery journey. In her own words,  “Career journeys are not ladders they are lattices. You sorta have to move sideways, take small steps, and sometimes you need to take a step back. But ultimately, if everything you are doing is ins service of building more positive habits, more positive behaviours, you are growing”.

EP #01: From Customer Success to Product Management with Robbie McFarlane

How does a Channel Consultant become a Product Manager? In this month’s episode of This is Growth, I had a conversation with Robbie McFarlane, an Associate Product Manager at Hubspot. Believe it or not, there was a time when Robbie didn’t even know what a Product Manager was. In this episode, we will chat through his journey from Channel Consultant, working with Hubspot’s EMEA partners, to Program Manager, and now, Product Manager.

EP #00: Welcome to This is Growth!

Ever looked at someone’s career and wondered ‘how did they get there?’. This podcast is here to shine a light on the unseen parts of career development. Guests will share their failures and lessons, the mindset that helped them succeed and how they think about work-life harmony when leading demanding careers.