Growing Your Own Company
Play • 54 min

In this episode, Jim Barnish joins me and we talk about an alternative to climbing the career ladder. We also talk about how careers no longer follow straight lines; Jim shares how his career didn't follow a traditional straight line either. 

Jim has spent the last two decades growing tech companies as an entrepreneur, operator and consultant. Jim now runs Orchid Black, a growth services firm complete with growth experts, just like Jim, that share an incredible track record for making technology companies worth so much more.

Key Takeaways

  • When considering job opportunities, don't only dwell on the functional aspects of the job but look closely at the company culture
  • Sometimes your dream job isn't your ideal job
  • Don't underestimate the value of having a coach
  • When looking for your ideal role, look beyond the career and personality tests
  • Ikigai is a fantastic tool to help find your purpose and ideal role
  • Success is not built on success. It's built on failure. It's built on frustration. Sometimes it's built on catastrophe
  • It is okay to make mistakes, as long as you are learning from them
  • Perseverance and working hard are the basic skills that everyone should develop
  • Wherever you are on your career or entrepreneurial journey, there is always help available
  • Even if you are not a project manager, having those skills is important
  • Key transferable skills are communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving
  • Being a team player means that you don't always get the wins yourself, but you help others to achieve those wins


We discussed the following resources on the show:

Connect with Jim

Listeners can learn more about and connect with Jim by visiting his LinkedIn page or the Orchid Black website.

Support the show ( --- Send in a voice message:
More episodes
Clear search
Close search
Google apps
Main menu