It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Carlo Pagano today, a corporate warrior with three decades of experience spanning various industries. He has a passion for learning and a genuine desire to connect with others and help them become a better version of themselves. Carlo’s journey has taken him from the family business to the top echelons of corporate finance, and today he shares his insights on how to stay relevant in a world of constant change.
In this episode, Carlo reflects on the significant changes he’s witnessed throughout his career, emphasising that most changes are simply old ideas presented differently. What truly matters is how we adapt to these changes. We talk about Carlo’s success in navigating change and how he attributes this to his ability to proactively engage with people, drawing on their experiences and strengths to complement his own. This approach has evolved over the years, with Carlo realising the importance of working at a deeper level with others.
Carlo’s journey started in the family business, where he learned valuable lessons about connecting with people, listening, asking questions, and nurturing curiosity. He shares how these early experiences have been instrumental in his career, shaping his ability to connect with diverse individuals and leverage their experiences to mutual benefit.
We hear a lot about embracing diversity, and Carlo shares the significance of this not only in terms of people but also in ideas and approaches. Carlo shares how he shifted from rigid thinking to being receptive to various ways of doing things and emphasises the importance of collaboration and maintaining an inclusive atmosphere.
Adapting to change also requires staying attuned to what’s happening in the world. Carlo discusses how he leveraged social media to gain insights and adapt to evolving trends. We talk about the need to be open to changing habits and implementing new ones to remain relevant.
Toward the end of the episode, Carlo imparts the most significant career lesson he’s learned—curiosity. Carlo is genuinely curious about others, their journeys, and their perspectives and frequently meets people for coffee to listen to their stories and learn from their experiences. Carlo’s insights are so valuable to anyone in business and I believe his success is a testament to the importance of adaptability, curiosity, and authentic connections in this rapidly changing world.
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