I help companies transform their dysfunctional teams into happy, peak performance teams. I share my secrets from 20 years in Silicon Valley, helping organizations in turmoil to become more focused, innovative and successful.
What qualifies me to do this?
I have worked as an English teacher in Frankfurt, a business journalist in Madrid, a phone salesman in the Bay Area, and a McKinsey consultant in Munich. After earning my MBA at Stanford in 1996, I gained priceless operational and leadership experience at pioneering Internet companies such as Yahoo (employee # 258), NextTag, BlueLithium, and Drawbridge. I’ve managed through booms and busts, and hired countless people to develop, launch and sustain innovative products globally. I’m used to hypergrowth – and have usually been the one CAUSING the disruption.
But on February 5, 2013, my doctor called me up and told me I had cancer. I’m grateful to say that my health these days seems good. But the experience of receiving this diagnosis forced me to face my mortality and think hard about my legacy. I believe everyone should live as if they had cancer — and enjoy abundant pleasure, purpose and peace in their careers and their lives.
Today, I share what I’ve learned with organizations of all sizes through interactive keynote speeches, workshops and customized training programs. My talks aren’t just inspirational. Participants take away practical strategies, scientifically proven insights, and daily action plans to keep calm and get stuff done — the Silicon Valley Way!