Leading Women
Leading Women
Nov 28, 2021
Clare Morgan, Executive General Manager Small Business Banking, Commonwealth Bank on redefining success
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Join Rebekah Campbell as she chats with Clare Morgan, Executive General Manager Small Business Banking, Commonwealth Bank.  Clare shares how redefining success supports self-leadership, lessons in leading from the eye of a GFC storm and the one simple factor that can derail your leadership.  


Key Insights 

(01:20) How did Clare start her leadership journey? 

Clare got to where is today with a combination of hard work, opportunity and good timing along the way. After working in investment banking for a few years, she realised what drove people was teamwork. Clare decided to study a postgraduate degree in the US looking at psychology and how to optimise team performance which she brought back into the financial services industry.  


(14:28) What did Clare learn through her experience working in New York during the GFC? 

Clare developed a sense of perspective, of needing to stay grounded and a newfound appreciation for her support network. She realised her identity wasn’t defined by her job or her title and convinced herself she was stronger for it. Clare almost felt embarrassed that she had been part of the crisis, but when she returned to Australia, she was fascinated to find people were interested to hear what her experience was like and the learnings they could take from it. 


(21:16) What is Clare’s definition of success? 

Success for Clare is being healthy, connecting with people, giving energy to those around her and learning. Clare has a curious mind and a love for learning. For her, if she can enjoy all of these things, Clare feels like she is having a good life.  


(22:00) What tool can Clare share to the audience to add to their Leadership Toolbox? 

Clare shares the framework around growth mindset, and a quote, ‘there is no growth in the comfort zone and there is no comfort in the growth zone.’ She shares the importance of looking at every opportunity through the lens of how can she grow? What can she learn?  


Important Resources and Links  

If you’d like to learn more about how CommBank is supporting the growth of women in business visit https://www.commbank.com.au/women-in-focus.html   

Host of the Leading Women podcast, Rebekah Campbell is a high-profile entrepreneur and public speaker who spoke at TEDx Sydney (2012). Rebekah is co-founder of payments app Hey You and author of the book ‘138 Dates’ published by Allen & Unwin in 2021. Rebekah was named a Woman of Influence in 2015 and APEC Young Woman Innovator. She was the host and curator of the City of Sydney's virtual event series 'Reboot', supporting 18,000 Sydney business owners to recover from the impact of COVID in 2020 / ‘21. If you’re interested in learning more about Rebekah visit her website: www.rebekahcampbell.com 

The Leading Women podcast is proudly brought to you by Commonwealth Bank.  The series is produced by Nicole Hatherly, recorded at RadioHub Studios with post production by Cooper Silk and Iain Wilson


Things you should know: Guests featured in the podcast are speaking from their personal experiences only. As this podcast has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs, you should, before acting on the content consider its appropriateness to your circumstances. CommBank does not necessarily endorse the views of a particular individual or guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. 

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