Phil Stott

Phil Stott is a Vault Editor. Since joining Vault in 2007, he has covered a variety of industries including consulting, consumer products and technology. He is also well-versed in general career issues, having worked in a variety of fields including freelance journalism, consumer banking, English language teaching, soccer coaching and more. Originally from Scotland, he holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Modern History and a Masters in Research in Civil Engineering. 

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Veteran Careers: Positive Traits Veterans Should Stress in Interviews

by Phil Stott  |  November 13, 2017

This is the last of three posts on veteran careers, based on an interview I conducted with branding expert Lida Citroën that I conducted earlier this year. In the two previous posts, I focused on Citroën's comments on some of the challenges facing veterans as they attempt to transition into the civilian workforce—chiefly related to cultural differences and Read More >

Veteran Careers: Dealing with Stereotypes

by Phil Stott  |  November 10, 2017

Veterans face several issues when transitioning out of the military and into civilian careers. In my last post, I shared a number of structural and cultural barriers that veterans face, as told to me by branding expert Lida Citroën earlier this year.  In this post, the second of three from my interview with Lida, we'll look at another issue: stereotypes that veterans face when dealing with hiring managers, and what both parties can do address them. Read More >

Veteran Careers: Overcoming Cultural Barriers in the Civilian World

by Phil Stott  |  November 08, 2017

"I had never considered what someone in uniform goes through as they transition out of the military into a civilian career. I had no military connection myself. But I saw it as an opportunity to take what I was doing in the corporate world-helping executives and professionals position themselves-and offer my services to veterans."-Lida Citroën  Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to talk to Lida Citroën, a branding expert who specializes in helping military veterans to transition into... Read More >

The Best Business Book of 2017

by Phil Stott  |  November 07, 2017

I had the pleasure of spending last night at the FT/McKinsey 2017 Business Book of the Year Award ceremony in Manhattan. In the competition: six of the best business books that have been published this year, ranging from dense tomes on economic theory and socio-political history to books dealing with sexism, the rigging of financial markets, and the history of the iPhone. Having spent the past few weeks catching up on some of the titles, I was delighted when my favorite, Amy Goldstein's... Read More >

How Workplace Harassment Holds Women Back

by Phil Stott  |  November 01, 2017

In almost any other year, sexual harassment-and especially the Harvey Weinstein story-would have been the biggest story of the year. But it's 2017, and there are lots of other things going on that are competing for airtime and eyeballs. As crowded as the market for our attention may be, we c Read More >

Interview Hacks: Explaining Porter's Five Forces

by Phil Stott  |  October 24, 2017

If you've taken any kind of business class in the past 25 years or so, you're probably familiar with Porter's Five Forces-the theory of competition named for Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, who developed it in 1979. As business strategy tools go, it's as foundational as it gets-but can you name Porter's Five Forces off the top of your head?* Can you explain why each of them differs from the rest? What if you were in a job interview and asked to explain the theory? Could... Read More >

Sheryl Sandberg's Solution to Workplace Harassment

by Phil Stott  |  October 16, 2017

In all of the commentary surrounding the Harvey Weinstein allegations, solutions to workplace harassment and sexual assault have been notably thin on the ground. In fact, it's easier to find obstacles than solutions, as I discovered last week. The key problem: entrenched power structures that allow men in positions of authority to act with impunity, safe in the knowledge that they're unlikely to be touched for as long as they can exert control. The result: si Read More >

Workplace Harassment: Lessons from Harvey Weinstein

by Phil Stott  |  October 11, 2017

In the swirl of allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein, one of the most disturbing threads to have emerged is how little support is available to victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. Yes: victims are theoretically protected by the law. But in Weinstein's case-and in so many others-the reality of life is that speaking out against powerful people can come with serious personal and professional consequences, including victims sabotaging their own careers. This, in a nutshell, is... Read More >

How to Deal with Conflict at Work

by Phil Stott  |  October 09, 2017

Some people thrive on conflict, while others seek to avoid it at any cost. When it comes to your career, knowing which end of that spectrum you fall on-and in which situations you should try to change your natural behavior-can make all the difference to your ability to have productive relationships with your colleagues. In this video, Harvard Business Review contributing editor Amy Gallo breaks down everything you need to be more effective at dealing with conflict in the workplace. She... Read More >

How to Fix the Gender Problem in Tech

by Phil Stott  |  October 03, 2017

It's no secret that the tech industry has something of a problem when it comes to diversity. Dominated by men, it's an industry that has an extensive rap sheet when it comes to issues faced by women in its ranks, including unequal pay, lack of promotion opportunities, and workplace environments that are downright hostile. While events at companies such as Uber and Google have shone a light on some of these attitudes and practices in recent months, it's safe to say that the culture of the... Read More >

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