When I walked out the door of my last corporate job, I thought that I would take the summer off to enjoy a well-deserved vacation and time with my family. That was almost 11 years ago.
I never went back.
I’ve been running my own businesses ever since. Now, I’m a leadership coach, business advisor, and career advisor.
I have a Ph.D. in Psychology and spent over 20 years working in the tech industry in Silicon Valley at small startups and large companies such as IBM, Apple, eBay, and Yahoo. …
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It’s hard to see the forest for the trees with all of the articles I’ve written. So, I wanted to do an end of the year wrap-up to categorize and summarize everything for you.
The inspiration for this story comes from a podcast listener, LP Lin.
“You mentioned that you ask questions to keep the conversation flowing. It sounds like an excellent topic for your next podcast: Smart questioning techniques of an interesting conversationalist : ) Larry, it’d be helpful if you’d reveal the different types of questioning techniques from the straight forward ‘Why’ to more advanced levels you used to spice up a conversation and minimise the risk of others feeling intimidated.”
Are you ready for something new? Something exciting?
I’ve been interviewing people I feel have had extraordinary success in their careers. I’ll share the insights and takeaways in the story, but the real magic is hearing them share their own words in their voice. So, click play and enjoy!
I’ve worked with many of these individuals during my decades in Silicon Valley. But, some I have met more recently and through networking efforts over the years.
These are people who are so good at what they do — and so well known — that they have inbound opportunities flowing…
Did you know that people lose interest in your conversation if you talk longer than 40 seconds uninterrupted?
To make matters worse, our bodies release dopamine when we talk about ourselves. The more we talk — and hear ourselves talk — the better we feel, so the more we talk.
We become addicted to that good feeling. It’s no wonder that — on average — people spend 60% of their conversations talking about themselves and up to 80% when using social media.
I’m going to share some tough love here. Since I can’t tailor this message to each of you, it will address some common patterns of behavior that I’ve observed over my long life.
If you’ve been following my newsletter and articles for the past few years, you know that this is a departure from my usual polite writing. So, I’ll apologize in advance to my more gentle readers who may not want to see this. …
“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.“
— Benjamin Franklin
Robert John Downey Jr. enjoyed great success in the early years of his career. But then it began to fall apart. From 1996 through 2001, he was arrested numerous times on charges related to drugs.
After five years of substance abuse, arrests, rehab, and relapse, Downey finally began to work toward a full recovery, investing in his career, and rebuilding his reputation. …
The old school of management training must have told young managers to knock the weaknesses out of their employees. I experienced my fair share of this style of management in the early years of my career.
I was mostly given a list of weaknesses that my manager thought I should address. I was frequently reminded of failings that I had to overcome.
Even when a boss doesn’t tell us to focus on our weaknesses, most of us will do it independently. In employee polls several years ago, workers were…
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