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

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.
The No BS Rule
Leadership

The No BS Rule

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

7 Things You Should Never Say to Your Boss

How to manage up, get ahead and not self destruct.
How to Survive in a Competitive World
Leadership

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.
Retire? Not in a Million Years.
Leadership

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.
Quit Trying to Be Like Steve Jobs
Leadership

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.
First-Time Manager? Start Here.
The 'Treps

First-Time Manager? Start Here.

Managing employees for the first time is equal parts exhilarating and terrifying. Here's how to handle it.
5 Things You Can't Find on Google
Technology

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
7 Things Great Entrepreneurs Know
Leadership

7 Things Great Entrepreneurs Know

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

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.
Know Yourself. Face Your Fear. Follow Your Heart.
Leadership

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.'
Searching for Wisdom? Search Yourself.
Leadership

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.
The Only 9 Things You Need to Know About Selling
Making the Sale

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.
Want to Be Successful? Learn How to Manage.
Business Management

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.
The Secret to Prioritizing Your Time
Business Management

The Secret to Prioritizing Your Time

How to stay focused on meeting your business and career goals and dispense with all the noise.
The Pitfalls of Personal Branding
Branding

The Pitfalls of Personal Branding

Here are five tips to ensure your virtual persona doesn't do serious damage to your real reputation.
The 7 Easiest Ways to Insult Important People
Business Management

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.
How to Think Differently to Succeed in a Complex World
Starting a Business

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.
9 Reasons Why Most Startups Fail
Starting a Business

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.
An Entrepreneur's Guide to Personal Grooming
Home Based Business

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.
Uncommon Wisdom for the Entrepreneurial Generation
Leadership

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.
What Makes Great Entrepreneurs Tick
Leadership

What Makes Great Entrepreneurs Tick

Comparing traits of successful people is an exercise in futility. But understanding habits is quite useful.
How I Became a Life Coach...Sort Of
Business Management

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.
The Key to Success? Relationships.
Business Management

The Key to Success? Relationships.

Building real relationships with real people in the real world is the only way to make you successful.
5 Steps to Conquering Public-Speaking Anxiety
Public Speaking

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
How Great Entrepreneurs Got Started
Business Management

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.
9 Ways to Make Gobs of Money - Seriously
Business Management

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.
How to Fight Denial and Start Tackling Your Biggest Problems
Business Management

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

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.
How to Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy
Leadership

How to Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy

Overachievers and entrepreneurs have a habit of shooting themselves in the foot. Don't sweat it. Just learn from it.

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