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Steve Tobak

Steve Tobak is managing partner of Invisor Consulting -- a Silicon Valley-based management and strategy consulting firm -- and a former senior executive of the technology industry

30 Recent Stories

Note to Self: Be Aware

Note to Self: Be Aware

You might think you know yourself pretty well, but when it comes to what really matters, chances are you don't.
April 15, 2014 in Leadership
Trust Your Own Focus Group of One

Trust Your Own Focus Group of One

What distinguishes the most successful entrepreneurs of the modern era? Their absolute faith in themselves.
April 11, 2014 in Leadership
The No BS Rule

The No BS Rule

If you want to be successful and happy, be yourself -- don't fall victim to the likability trap.
April 9, 2014 in Leadership
7 Things You Should Never Say to Your Boss

7 Things You Should Never Say to Your Boss

How to manage up, get ahead and not self destruct.
April 4, 2014 in Grow Your Business
How to Survive in a Competitive World

How to Survive in a Competitive World

The real business world is brutal, but if you follow certain rules, you stand a pretty good chance of coming out on top.
April 1, 2014 in Leadership
Retire? Not in a Million Years.

Retire? Not in a Million Years.

I used to dream of living in a tropical paradise searching for the perfect Mai Tai. Not anymore...and I couldn't be happier.
March 27, 2014 in Leadership
Quit Trying to Be Like Steve Jobs

Quit Trying to Be Like Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs did a lot that worked at Apple, but the world doesn't need another Apple. It needs another you.
March 24, 2014 in Leadership
First-Time Manager? Start Here.

First-Time Manager? Start Here.

Managing employees for the first time is equal parts exhilarating and terrifying. Here's how to handle it.
March 19, 2014 in The 'Treps
5 Things You Can't Find on Google

5 Things You Can't Find on Google

No matter how sophisticated technology becomes, there are important things you need that you will never, ever find with a search engine
March 13, 2014 in Technology
7 Things Great Entrepreneurs Know

7 Things Great Entrepreneurs Know

While there is no common blueprint for success, there are some common themes in those who do exceptionally well.
March 11, 2014 in Leadership
Never Take Your Eye Off the Ball

Never Take Your Eye Off the Ball

Large companies can survive a bad product review. You can't. Here are the two factors you can never lose sight of.
March 6, 2014 in Grow Your Business
Know Yourself. Face Your Fear. Follow Your Heart.

Know Yourself. Face Your Fear. Follow Your Heart.

Regret is the most tragic thing in life. Here’s how to avoid looking back, shaking your head, and saying, 'Wish I knew then what I know now.'
March 3, 2014 in Leadership
Searching for Wisdom? Search Yourself.

Searching for Wisdom? Search Yourself.

There is nothing conventional about wisdom. A key to success is staying off the latest bandwagon and thinking critically for yourself.
February 26, 2014 in Leadership
The Only 9 Things You Need to Know About Selling

The Only 9 Things You Need to Know About Selling

Being a great salesperson isn't about gimmicks or systems. Here are the nine essential do's and don't's to help your pitch.
February 21, 2014 in Making the Sale
Want to Be Successful? Learn How to Manage.

Want to Be Successful? Learn How to Manage.

Over the course of your business life, you're going to make thousands of critical management decisions. The more you get right, the better your chances of success.
February 19, 2014 in Business Management
The Secret to Prioritizing Your Time

The Secret to Prioritizing Your Time

How to stay focused on meeting your business and career goals and dispense with all the noise.
February 15, 2014 in Business Management
The Pitfalls of Personal Branding

The Pitfalls of Personal Branding

Here are five tips to ensure your virtual persona doesn't do serious damage to your real reputation.
February 12, 2014 in Branding
The 7 Easiest Ways to Insult Important People

The 7 Easiest Ways to Insult Important People

We live in an increasingly thin-skinned world, and some of the most successful people are the worst offenders. Here's how to avoid getting on their bad sides.
February 7, 2014 in Business Management
How to Think Differently to Succeed in a Complex World

How to Think Differently to Succeed in a Complex World

If you want to be successful, you have to learn to see things from different perspectives and become a multidimensional thinker.
February 5, 2014 in Starting a Business
9 Reasons Why Most Startups Fail

9 Reasons Why Most Startups Fail

There are all sorts of pitfalls for entrepreneurs. These are the ones that trip up the majority of startup founders.
January 31, 2014 in Starting a Business
An Entrepreneur's Guide to Personal Grooming

An Entrepreneur's Guide to Personal Grooming

If you work from home, you need these five essential tips. Better still, tape them to your bathroom mirror.
January 28, 2014 in Home Based Business
Uncommon Wisdom for the Entrepreneurial Generation

Uncommon Wisdom for the Entrepreneurial Generation

The most unemployed generation in history - Gen Y - has been sold a bill of goods, but not in the way you might think.
January 25, 2014 in Leadership
What Makes Great Entrepreneurs Tick

What Makes Great Entrepreneurs Tick

Comparing traits of successful people is an exercise in futility. But understanding habits is quite useful.
January 22, 2014 in Leadership
How I Became a Life Coach...Sort Of

How I Became a Life Coach...Sort Of

For years, I helped readers work through the solutions to problems they already had the answers to. Then, one day, it hit me.
January 16, 2014 in Business Management
The Key to Success? Relationships.

The Key to Success? Relationships.

Building real relationships with real people in the real world is the only way to make you successful.
January 14, 2014 in Business Management
5 Steps to Conquering Public-Speaking Anxiety

5 Steps to Conquering Public-Speaking Anxiety

People most likely to suffer from speaking anxiety are those who care most about their careers. The reason is that overachievers are highly aware of the importance of presentation skills in climbing t
January 8, 2014 in Public Speaking
How Great Entrepreneurs Got Started

How Great Entrepreneurs Got Started

Everybody has a quirk or two. Successful people tend to take what makes them unique and put that to work for them.
January 7, 2014 in Business Management
9 Ways to Make Gobs of Money - Seriously

9 Ways to Make Gobs of Money - Seriously

There's no silver bullet for making it big, but it's not rocket science, either...unless of course you're SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk.
January 2, 2014 in Business Management
How to Fight Denial and Start Tackling Your Biggest Problems

How to Fight Denial and Start Tackling Your Biggest Problems

When you have the strength and courage to face reality head-on, it becomes that much easier to deal with.
December 28, 2013 in Business Management
Want to Kill It in 2014? Use the Rule of 3 Things.

Want to Kill It in 2014? Use the Rule of 3 Things.

Most resolutions are hard to keep and leave us feeling guilty we couldn't achieve them. Try the Rule of 3 in setting your goals.
December 21, 2013 in Business Management