“The people who succeed are the
ones who put in the hard yards to continually develop themselves
rather than allowing themselves to be bypassed and outdated.”
Rob Ferguson knows how to grow an organisation and its people.
Joining Bankers Trust in 1971 as a fund manager, Rob was part of
the team that grew Bankers Trust to be the most profitable
investment bank in Australia.
As CEO of Bankers Trust, he saw funds under management grow to
$30 billion and built the organisation to more than 3,000
Rob is also one of the few senior executives to experience a
complex organisation at each level. Rob climbed the ranks at
Bankers Trust to become head of corporate finance, CEO and
ultimately to serve as Chairman.
Rob says he is driven by ideas. “I think a lot about the big
picture of things in terms of what makes things tick.
Understanding people is a huge part of getting a fix on the
world, particularly in business, so I put a huge effort into
thinking about what makes people tick. “
“To succeed at the highest level you need to develop all-round
rather than specialist skills. We are often taught the
specialist skills early in our career but the all-round skills
are more to do with understanding people and context. Being able
to talk to someone who has been through it all before helps
clear what can often be a cluttered path.”
As a coach, Rob offers his clients a keen intuition, his ability
to listen and his strong sense of empathy. He believes all
senior executives can benefit from a coach.
“When I was a CEO I needed someone to confide in apart from my
colleagues and I think this is a universal need. None of us are
the complete package, we cannot do it all ourselves and to
recognise that is to gain strength.”
Rob has a wealth of board experience across a diverse range of
commercial and not-for-profit organisations in banking,
international policy and health. His board appointments have
included the Sydney Writers’ Festival , Primary Health Care
Limited, The GPT Group, Vodafone, Westfield Holdings and the
Married to Jenny, Rob enjoys spending time with his adult
daughter and two granddaughters.