Steve Tobak

Steve Tobak

Managing Partner, Invisor Consulting

Steve Tobak is management consultant, executive coach, columnist, and former senior executive of the high-tech industry. As managing partner of Silicon Valley-based Invisor Consulting, he's been a trusted strategic advisor to executives and business leaders for more than a decade. Contact Tobak.

30 Recent Stories

Want to Impress? Don't Do This.
Leadership

Want to Impress? Don't Do This.

You may think people like and understand you, and want to help your business. You're dead wrong.
Why Generations Clash at Work
Leadership

Why Generations Clash at Work

Don't just blame the Millennials. The struggle between the status quo and young up-and-comers is ageless, and important.
How to Win the Game of Life
Leadership

How to Win the Game of Life

To win at poker, consistently make the right bets on the right cards. Winning in business -- and in life -- is exactly the same.
Great CEOs Don't Whine … or Coddle
Grow Your Business

Great CEOs Don't Whine … or Coddle

If you want to lead a successful company, you need to teach by example and focus on the best traits, not the worst.
Why Your Startup Will Fail: You.
Starting a Business

Why Your Startup Will Fail: You.

The most common preventable failure comes when CEOs are simply not willing to put their companies' needs ahead of their own.
How to Evaluate Your Startup Like a VC
Starting a Business

How to Evaluate Your Startup Like a VC

The are six factors that investors will focus on when evaluating your business. Know them by heart.
How Successful People Make Their Own Luck
Leadership

How Successful People Make Their Own Luck

When you're desperate, when you feel you have nothing to lose, that's when great ventures are born.
Should Gay CEOs Come Out of the Closet?
Leadership

Should Gay CEOs Come Out of the Closet?

Why, in this day and age, are CEOs reluctant to go on the record as being gay? Should they be?
Want to Be a Better Manager? Get a Dog.
Leadership

Want to Be a Better Manager? Get a Dog.

There are a lot of analogies between the canine world and our own workplaces.
5 Things to Consider When Hiring Friends
Grow Your Business

5 Things to Consider When Hiring Friends

Personal and business relationships are unpredictable. When you combine the two, you get unpredictable squared.
Why Financial Security Ruins People
Leadership

Why Financial Security Ruins People

Sting knows what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur: self-reliance, personal accountability and feeling that you have nothing to lose.
Why Things Always Go Wrong
Leadership

Why Things Always Go Wrong

This is what happens when Murphy's Law and the Peter Principle meet the Seven Deadly Sins.
10 Things Real Leaders Do
Leadership

10 Things Real Leaders Do

Leaders lead. Followers follow. It’s not complicated. You're either one or the other. Which are you?
How to Disrupt an Industry in Three Steps
Starting a Business

How to Disrupt an Industry in Three Steps

Everyone's out to change the world these days. While that's no walk in the park, it isn't always rocket science, either.
Never Turn Down a Paying Customer
Leadership

Never Turn Down a Paying Customer

Being selective about your business and your clients is great advice...if you don't mind being broke and miserable.
How to Know When to Change Direction
Leadership

How to Know When to Change Direction

There's something to be said for stick-with-it-ness, but most entrepreneurs stick with flawed ideas and plans way longer than they should.
How an Entrepreneur Should Never Behave
Leadership

How an Entrepreneur Should Never Behave

The ouster of RadiumOne's founding CEO Gurbaksh Chahal provides a dramatic example of how a business leader can let success go to his head.
How to Feel More Engaged and Connected
Leadership

How to Feel More Engaged and Connected

When you spend most of your time in an office in front of a computer, it's easy to feel isolated. These strategies will help.
Leadership Lessons From the Trenches of Silicon Valley
Leadership

Leadership Lessons From the Trenches of Silicon Valley

Real world lessons in leadership behavior from America's high-tech startup mecca and beyond.
The Best Professional Development Advice Ever
Leadership

The Best Professional Development Advice Ever

No doubt you are looking for inspiration. Chances are, you are looking in the wrong place.
Why People Don't Follow Their Dreams
Leadership

Why People Don't Follow Their Dreams

My father's example taught me a lot about stepping out of your comfort zone. Here is what I've learned.
Should You Join LinkedIn's Expanded Influencer Platform?
Marketing

Should You Join LinkedIn's Expanded Influencer Platform?

Under most circumstance, you would never work for free. So why is being an Influencer so important?
The 10 Most Shockingly Untrue Entrepreneurial Myths, Exposed
Starting a Business

The 10 Most Shockingly Untrue Entrepreneurial Myths, Exposed

Popular wisdom says if you don't quit your job right now, you'll end up miserable and poor. Don't drink the Kool-Aid.
Leadership Is All About Balance
Leadership

Leadership Is All About Balance

When things don't go as planned, you have to have the courage to look in the mirror and face what you see.
What to Do When You Screw Up
Leadership

What to Do When You Screw Up

We all occasionally shoot ourselves in the foot, but some of us are our own worst enemy. No worries: This six-step program will fix you right up.
The Truth About Multitasking, Once and For All
Leadership

The Truth About Multitasking, Once and For All

Multitasking is a key skill you need to succeed. But don't confuse it with just being distracted.
How to Gain Personal Freedom and Control
Leadership

How to Gain Personal Freedom and Control

We all want freedom to do what we want, how we want, when we want. Here's how to achieve that lofty dream.
How to Deal With Jerks
Leadership

How to Deal With Jerks

Life is too short to deal with jerks. But sometimes you have to. Here's a game plan.
Note to Self: Be Aware
Leadership

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.
Trust Your Own Focus Group of One
Leadership

Trust Your Own Focus Group of One

What distinguishes the most successful entrepreneurs of the modern era? Their absolute faith in themselves.

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