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.
Popular wisdom says your sphere of influence -- your communications and social network -- should be big. Popular wisdom is wrong.
Starting a Business
A refreshingly objective perspective on what it takes for startups and small businesses to make it and the percentage that actually do.
You either want to accomplish great things or you don't. If you don't expect and push for it, you don't get it.
A lot of people tell you they can provide innovation. Hogwash. It's all about you.
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You may think you're in control and everything happens for a reason, but more often than not, things that matter are influenced by others.
If you want to accomplish great things, you've got to go out on a limb from time to time.
There is always a way to get things done. Nothing is impossible. That's what can set you apart.
Remember that serious entrepreneurs and small business owners focus on developing and marketing their products and services, not themselves.
There's actually nothing to fear from self-doubt -- as long as you deal with it instead of making believe it doesn't exist.
How an English teacher turned a vision, a bunch of friends and $60,000 into the world's most valuable Internet commerce company.
If you aspire to be a successful entrepreneur, the only way you're going to achieve that is by focusing on one thing and doing it better than anyone else.
Self-awareness is a very good thing in life, but it's all too easy to mistake what lies on the surface for the genuine feelings buried deep below.
Remember when everyone said Tim Cook would change Apple after Steve Jobs? He did. For the better.
All the advice you need to know boils down to these ideas to help you differentiate and beat the competition.
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