Bec Mac Interview – Connecting Business And Art

Bec Mac Interview - Connecting Business And Art

This episode of the Arete Podcast is all about fun as I chat with exuberant entrepreneur and performance-based producer and presenter, Bec Mac.

Best known for her alter ego Aphrodite, Bec writes, produces and presents LOVE TV, interviewing thousands of people on the subject of love. She’s been busy building her live LOVE TV show since the early 2000s, taking it from the streets of Australia to New York City.

Bec also produces and presents Friday NEON on 4ZZZ radio station, a weekly cultural programme featuring artists across all art forms.

She’s also the creator of Popsart, a series of live-to-Facebook interviews with artists and curators with the aim of broadening Australia’s arts audience.

As well as working with city councils around Australia and more recently, further afield in New York, Bec’s working towards developing a model to help the corporate sector deliver its message in a more fun, engaging way.

Episode highlights:

  • What Bec does and want she wants to achieve with Popsart
  • Her goal with Popsart – develop a broader audience for Australian arts
  • How Love TV began – growing from Adelaide to New York City
  • Other work on 4ZZZ radio
  • Early life – growing up in a large Catholic family and her Arts education
  • Growing the business – sponsorships
  • The concept of place attachment and place making
  • Working with Brisbane City Council
  • Building a personal brand – LinkedIn opportunities
  • Developing opportunities to work with the corporate sector
  • How Bec manages her time and attention – the work/family balance
  • Bec’s vision for the future – build Popsart, working with the corporate sector

Quick Links

Bec Mac’s Website

Bec Mac on LinkedIn

Bec Mac Facebook

Bec Mac Twitter

Bec Mac Instagram

Bec Mac YouTube

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Navigating The Hidden Job Market

Navigating The Hidden Job Market

The current job market is full of opportunities, but as with everything in this modern world, it’s constantly changing and evolving. Because of this, the way recruiters carry out their candidate search is also changing, which means the way you carry out your job search should change too.

Whether you’re looking for the same job in the same industry, or looking to branch out to a new challenge in a new sector, or somewhere in between, you need to take a different approach. There are certain things you should be doing to accelerate your job search and achieve your job of choice, with your employer of choice.

Tim Dwyer Interview – Building A Brand Ready For Growth

I spoke in this episode of the Arete Podcast to Tim Dwyer, business growth specialist, mentor and leader, about building a solid foundation, how to avoid recruiting mistakes, and investing in future growth.

Tim’s philosophy is that good business is about creating the most amount of value in the shortest amount of time.

How To Build A Career As A Board Executive

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I often get approached by people looking to build a career as a board director. Many are just starting out, while others might already have one or sometimes two board roles, and are looking to grow a full portfolio to keep them occupied after retiring from their executive life.

Other times people have a desire to move into a board career earlier in their life. The good news is there are more opportunities than ever as the desire for diversity increases, not only in terms of gender, but also age and other attributes.

The Diversity Debate In Executive Recruitment

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Diversity among executive ranks is important and comes up for discussion regularly in our field. Most often it’s in relation to gender but also in the context of sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious orientation, age, disability, and so on.

As someone who literally sits between the job market and the employers, and who has done so for the past 17 years, I’ve had plenty of first hand experience in understanding the agendas of employers and the dynamic of the market applying for the roles. And while there have definitely been problems with diversity at the executive and board  level in the past, I’m pretty optimistic about the changes that are happening and the trends we can expect in the coming years.

Key Achievements Plus Transferable Skills = Successful Executive Job Search

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As a candidate looking for a new executive role, it’s incredibly important for you to be able to articulate your key achievements and transferable skills.

Having worked in the recruiting industry for many years and having interviewed and coached thousands of candidates and senior executives through their job search, this is something I’ve seen people do very well. But for whatever reason, I don’t think Australians are natural self-promoters.

Intact Group Regional Operations Manager – A Headhunting Success Story

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I’ve been asked by a few people lately how our headhunting process works and for a peek behind the curtains so to speak. The best way to describe the process is with a case study…

Best Practice Strategies for Attracting Top Executive Talent Through A Detailed Brief

Best Practice Strategies for Attracting Top Executive Talent Through A Detailed Brief

A detailed brief is a critical element when recruiting for a new role. This doesn’t just include executive roles, it’s pertinent to every role in a business, including junior positions.

Having worked in the executive recruitment industry for about 17 years now, this is something I’ve rarely seen done well. In most instances, the person who is recruiting a role, whether they are a third party recruiter, an internal human resources professional, or even an executive leader charged with the task, they will often produce a position description, a brief overview of the role and the reason for it becoming available, etc., but rarely do they actually get in and thoroughly explore what the actual key deliverables of the role are.

Building a high performing team: lessons from our Commonwealth Games athletes

With today marking the start of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, we find ourselves reflecting on the lessons our competing athletes can teach us about high performing teams in the workplace. Striving for excellence both individually and together as a team, they demonstrate the amazing results that can be achieved when passionate, committed, and fully engaged individuals share a common purpose.

While the business benefits of a high performing team are obvious – greater productivity, profitability and performance – it can also give your employment brand a competitive edge, helping you attract and recruit the right talent even in a candidates market.

Here are four tips on building a culture of high-performance, to attract and retain the best candidates:

Create healthy competition

Healthy competition can have many benefits in the workplace. It pushes your team to be the best they can be, increasing innovation and performance while also providing opportunities to learn valuable skills and lessons along the way. It is through healthy competition that we evaluate our strengths and weaknesses, and develop the motivation to excel.

Healthy competition also boosts creativity; think of how much more creative a team can be when they are competing for a bonus or trying to win a client account. Ashley Merryman, the co-author of Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing, sums this up well, “Whether professional musicians or school children, studies have shown competition fuels creativity and even improves the quality of the work produced. More than that, the skills that make you a great competitor – such as a willingness to push boundaries, trust one’s instincts, problem-solve – those are the same skills needed for innovation.” 

How a regionally based leadership role can accelerate your career

When changing your career path or considering roles you have been headhunted for, it can be easy to play it safe and say no to opportunities that take you interstate or to more regional areas.

However, in a recent Forbes article it was said, One of the biggest job-search mistakes you can make is to play it safe. The more you look and sound like every other job seeker, the worse your job search experience will be.”

Taking the path less travelled can have big payoffs for your career. Here are four ways that saying “yes” to a regional leadership role can help you climb the ladder faster.

International Women’s Day: What advice would you give your younger self?

Observed since the early 1900’s, the theme for the 2018 International Women’s Day is #PressforProgress, no doubt due to the release of the World Economic Forums’ Global Gender Gap Report showing that it will take 217 years to close the gender parity gap.

To celebrate this important day, we sought advice from our network of female business leaders and previous podcast guests asking What advice would you give your younger self?” Spoiler alert – their advice is a must-read for all current/aspiring executives of all genders.

Get out of your comfort zone

Why you need to find the best candidate IN the market not ON the market


When seeking to fill an executive role it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the best candidate is on the market actively seeking the position you need filled. While it can certainly work out that way in some cases, the truth is most of the time the best candidate is busy in the market doing what they do best.

To find the right person for the role, your recruitment process needs to go beyond passive advertising and move into the realm of executive search (often referred to as “headhunting”) where you actively seek out the best candidate.

Not convinced? Here are four reasons why you need to find the best candidate in the market not on the market.

New Year, New Career – 6 tips for the Executive seeking a career move

You’ve said goodbye to 2017, had a Christmas break and decided that 2018 will be the year of change. So, what can you do to ensure that you do have the best opportunity for a new career role?

First and foremost, realise now, more than ever, we have the tools at our disposal to get proactive, take control, “know more people” and open that hidden door to the next role.

1.    If you haven’t already done so, read Richard Triggs Book, “Uncover the Hidden Job Market, How to find and win your next Senior Executive role.”   

2.    When you apply to a job advertisement, it’s probably already too late.