5 Minutes with Georgia Hinton
Dr Georgia Hinton was placed by Ccentric as the Director of Operations and Business Development at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in 2018. After completing a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and her PhD, Dr Hinton has had a career spanning many facets of the healthcare industry including GE Healthcare, Roche Pharmaceuticals, and RDNS (now Bolton Clarke).
What was your first job out of university and how do you think it shaped your career path?
My first job out of university was working for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). I was doing my PhD, I loved health and science, but I never saw myself as an academic. I wanted to get into the commercial/business side of health and work closer with patients. I thought working for one of the worlds most prestigious consulting firms was the way forward (without me having to go back and study!).
BCG was absolutely instrumental in providing the fundamentals of business and strategy – I was absolutely thrown in the deep end; everything that you know about high strategic level firms is absolutely true – long hours, tight deadlines, fast pace, committed and smart people. It was an incredible learning experience and it’s been the foundation of where I am today.
Who would you say has inspired you the most throughout your career?
I have been fortunate to have worked with a few great managers and leaders who’ve mentored me through challenging work situations when things have been tough.
These are people who have I think taken risks. A big part of being a successful leader is about taking risks with new people, with people who are not necessarily ‘traditional hires’. I have tried to implement that in my leadership style. People will often look at my CV and say “how did you go from here to here and then here”; and I say well it has been due to these people. One element of building successful teams is about putting the right people with the right capabilities in the right roles. Recruiting for the capabilities you require is critical. It’s not about trying to box people into role ‘types’. Creativity and innovation are fundamental to business today and we need people to be flexibile, adaptable, learn and fail fast to be able to move forward. I think business leaders understand this, but unfortunately I rarely see this in action.
On a personal level I have had extremely supportive parents. They’re have both been really hard working, both were migrants into Australia and they never set limits on what I could achieve. So, I’ve never let that stop me moving countries and taking on different roles and I’ve always taken them with the mantra that you’ll never know unless you give it a go.
Do you think there were benefits of working with an executive search firm?
In this case, I had a great experience with Michael (De Santis). Michael was very lateral in his thinking and he needed to place a role that was complex and multidimensional. When you find recruiters that are open and broad in their thinking about people and capabilities, its so much easier. You really feel like you are not being squeezed into a box. It is always tough when you’re looking for a new role, so you look for likeminded people and recruiters. I think the value that they bring is the ability to sift through a lot of the ambiguity out there.
What would be your tip to an aspiring leader?
Travel – meet different people, have different experiences, build networks and take some risks. Keep doing this throughout your career – don’t let work stop you. It’s such an important part of developing you as a person and makes you a more well rounded leader.
Goals are always great, but to be honest I have never had really visionary goals. I sometimes feel they can be restrictive for people.
Don’t get stale in one role or one organisation, move around because that’s how you keep learning, stay refreshed and energised and that’s what makes organisations dynamic and innovative.