Pfeffer on Power

This is the Pfeffer on Power, a podcast about accelerating your career, with your host, Stanford Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer. Every other week, we talk to someone who has used Pfeffer’s principles of power to accelerate their career, to get out of their own way and to accomplish amazing things. Upcoming guests in the first season of Pfeffer on Power include Deb Liu, CEO of; Jon Levy, the world’s greatest networker-- author of You’re Invited; Jason Calacanis, the Silicon Valley guru; and many more successful business leaders from around the world who share how they got started and how they broke through using my 7 Rules of Power.

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Tuesday Nov 22, 2022

Learn more about Jeffrey Pfeffer and where you can buy or listen to his books: SHOW NOTES: Valerie Shen is Partner and Chief Operating Officer at G2 Venture Partners, overseeing all operational aspects of the firm, which has almost one billion dollars under management. Valerie exemplifies many of the principles within the book 7 Rules of Power and speaks with us about how she began (yes, began) her career as a Chief Operating Officer for a venture capital firm. In this episode: Valerie’s background before attending business school Her pivotal internship How she landed her job as a Chief Operating Officer Why she accepted the position How she met her mentor by sending a cold email The importance of choosing a focus within the company’s roles The importance of differentiating yourself What a COO does in a venture fund The rules of power used to get such a high-level role so early in her career Taking a position that matches your natural skillsets and what you enjoy Crafting a job that plays to your abilities How she got her job as COO at G2 Venture Partners A provocative take on her experience of being an Asian woman in tech The danger in highlighting differences The issue of cognitive load Advice on having the willingness and ability to self-promote   GUEST BIO w/ social links: Valerie Shen is Partner and Chief Operating Officer at G2 Venture Partners. She oversees all operational aspects of the firm and fund, including fundraising / LP relations, recruiting / HR, fund administration, impact reporting, legal, compliance, and marketing. Prior to business school, Valerie was an analyst at Kleiner Perkins’ $1B Green Growth Fund, where she helped the team found G2. Before that, Valerie was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she worked across four continents, primarily on energy projects. She has also held positions at the U.S. Senate, X (Google’s “moonshot factory”), Goldman Sachs, Jane Street Capital, and The Wilderness Society. Valerie holds a B.A. degree summa cum laude in Environmental Science & Public Policy and Earth & Planetary Sciences from Harvard University. She holds an M.B.A. and M.S. in Environment and Resources from Stanford University, where she was a Siebel Scholar and an Arjay Miller Scholar.   Website: by The

Tuesday Nov 08, 2022

Learn more about Jeffrey Pfeffer and where you can buy or listen to his books:   SHOW NOTES: Meet Sadiq Gillani, a Senior Advisor for travel at Attestor Capital, where he is Chairman The Advisory Board for Condor, the second largest airline in Germany. We discuss how he used his association with Lufthansa to leverage his career, his career philosophy, how he spots new opportunities, personal brand building within a corporation, and surviving the departures of people who hired him at Lufthansa and Emirates.  In this episode, we discuss: Using ideas of power to leverage knowledge and experience toward becoming more successful His series of career moves created by proactively managing his career Using power as an amplification of performance Leveraging platforms and identifying opportunities as they appear What put him in the ecosystem of travel startups His experience lecturing at Stanford for six years How internal and external activities simultaneously reinforce company and personal brands Aligning his interests with the company’s for mutual benefit Repositioning himself as an expert on innovation within the travel industry The questions he asks to spot new opportunities His transition entirely to a portfolio career, sitting on boards, and advisory work A word of caution on personal brand building within a corporation The connection, interdependence, and interplay between the external and internal Why looking ahead to future implications of current work can pay big dividends The importance of staying relevant to your network The trade-off between risk and return within a career The importance of getting more operating experience to broaden out Looking broadly into your role within your company Surviving the departures of the people who hired him at Lufthansa and Emirates The value of having mentors and friends within your organization Cultivating internally diversified relationships GUEST BIO: Sadiq is a Senior Advisor for travel at Attestor Capital, where he is Chairman of the Advisory Board for Condor, the second-largest airline in Germany. He sits on the board of eTraveli, an online travel agency owned by CVC Partners, and the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council for Travel. Sadiq is also an Executive Coach and is creating a self-development program based on the work of Carl Jung. He started an MBA course at Stanford on the Travel & Airline industry and was a lecturer there from 2014-2020. He previously headed up the in-house consulting and transformation team of Emirates Group, reporting to Sir Tim Clark. He spent seven years with Lufthansa Group, where he was the Chief Strategy & Innovation officer, reporting to the CEO, and was Head of Network & Fleet at Eurowings. He began his career as a strategy consultant with Bain & Co. and was a partner at Seabury, a boutique airline consulting firm (now part of Accenture). He completed his M.B.A. at Harvard Business School and holds a B.A. and M.Phil in Management Studies from Cambridge University. He was included in the Financial Times' Top 100 leaders list, the World Economic Forum´s Young Global Leaders, and Capital Magazine's Top 40 under 40. SOCIAL MEDIA: Website www.sadiqgillani.comInstagram @sadiq.gillaniLinkedIn: Produced by The  

Tuesday Oct 25, 2022

Learn more about Jeffrey Pfeffer and where you can buy or listen to his books: SHOW NOTES: Meet former Chief Investment Officer at Meyer Memorial Trust and board member of several organizations including Oregon Public Broadcasting (and former student of mine), Rukaiyah Adams. We discuss how she uses power to overcome career challenges and how the personal and professional intersect to affect career decisions and success. Discussed in this episode: Forging a career in finance after receiving her JD and MBA from Stanford Business School How fewer than 2% of the trillions of dollars in managed assets are managed by women or people of color – and what rare breed this makes Rukaiyah Being asked to run for mayor of Portland Overcoming early career challenges The advantage of operating differently from her peers The value in understanding roles to acquire power How not being perceived as a threat facilitated advancement The non-linear trajectory when the personal and professional intersect Her values of family, making space for love, and work feeding her spirit What informed her decision to move from the East to the West Coast Being open to what her spirit needs to open clarity in professional outcomes Lessons learned in class that have propelled her to a position of prominence Interrogating power How power actually happens The pressures of running a foundation and the importance of the team Moving forward without certainty of the next step Creating a platform to talk about ways American capitalism needs to evolve The consideration of finding a partner who compliments and supports your career The most significant business decision of any career Seeing the residue of slavery everywhere in finance Stepping from being an object in capitalism to a subject in control of capital GUEST BIO: Through August 2022, Rukaiyah Adams was the Chief Investment Officer at Meyer Memorial Trust. Her team ensured the long-term financial strength of the organization. Throughout her tenure, Ms. Adams consistently delivered top quartile performance. In 2017, her team’s performance placed Meyer in the top 5% of foundation and endowment CIOs. The team remains among the best. Under her leadership, Meyer increased assets managed by diverse managers by more than 3x, to 40% of all assets under management, and by women managers by 10x, to 25% of AUM, proving that hiring diverse managers is not a concessionary practice. Before joining Meyer, Ms. Adams ran the $6.5 billion capital markets fund at The Standard, then a publicly-traded company. At The Standard, she oversaw six trading desks that included several bond strategies, preferred equities, derivatives and other risk mitigation strategies. Ms. Adams started her career as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher and Flom. Ms. Adams was a recent chair of the prestigious Oregon Investment Council, the board that manages approximately $100 billion of public pension and other assets for the State of Oregon. Ms. Adams serves on the boards of directors of Albina Vision Trust, Self Enhancement Inc. Foundation, Oregon Public Broadcasting and Oregon Health and Science University Foundation, as well as on the investment committee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. She also sits on Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission. She has given two Ted talks. Her 2016 Ted talk — A Homegirl’s Guide to Being Powerful — about her path to becoming a more thoughtful investor and the role of investment capital in achieving social justice has more than 11,000 views. Ms. Adams holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College, a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School, and a Masters of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. SOCIALS: Twitter: RukaiyahAdamsLinkedIn: RukaiyahInstagram: MissRukaiyah   Produced by the  

Tuesday Oct 11, 2022

Learn more about Jeffrey Pfeffer and where you can buy or listen to his books: SHOW NOTES:  Jason Calacanis is an entrepreneur and angel investor, amongst many other things, and shares with us three rules of power that have made him an incredibly effective business person. How Jason turned $100,000 into $100 million Growing up in middle-class Brooklyn Fixing laser printers by day and going to Fordham at night The unconventional way he got into Fordham • Willingness to break the rules The power of frequency Why there is always room for an exception Creative distribution of his publications What made Digital Dim Sum a success The importance of networking and relationships Standing up for who you believe in Creating smart controversy The lasting impressions of hosting high-quality events A valuable technique for introducing guests Creating strength when nobody’s opinion matters Demonstrable Growth – what it is and why it works The Tipping Technique The three rules of power that contribute to Jason’s success JASON’S BIO: Jason Calacanis is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and podcaster. He is known for being an early investor in companies such as Robinhood and Uber. Overall he has invested in 300 startups, four of which have reached billion-dollar valuations. Jason is also a co-founder of Weblogs, Inc., which was instrumental in the dot-com era of online blogging. In 2009 Jason founded Open Angel Forum, an event that helps startups find angel investors. Jason’s book Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups—Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000 was published in 2017. Jason currently resides in San Francisco, California. Dr. Pfeffer has been on Jason’s podcast This Week in Startups four times. Jason’s blog: Linkedin Profile:   Produced by the

Tuesday Sep 27, 2022

Learn more about Jeffrey Pfeffer and where you can buy or listen to his books: SHOW NOTES: Dr. Sarah Buchner shares what she’s learned in my Paths to Power class at Stanford in the MBA program and how she’s successfully applied power to her career as the Queen of Construction. How the power game began for her when she started her career at age 12 in Austria The ways she learned to show her power The advantages of being an outsider The uniqueness of her PhD Why she always uses “Dr.” in her email signature How she financed her PhD Ideas about breaking the rules and standing out What from the class and book, 7 Rules of Power, are helping launch her startup The boldest networking moves she’s made The benefits of getting out of your way What she’s done with branding herself in terms of appearance and acting with power to build her brand The secret to her handshake and other branding decisions Why her first business cards stood out How success has helped activate the “success excuses everything” principle Networking the right way The bold statement she made to a board member while in her 20s SARAH’S BIO: Dr. Sarah Buchner holds a PhD in civil systems engineering/data science and a Stanford MBA and is a serial entrepreneur in the construction tech space. She is the definition of self-made: growing up in a tiny village in Austria in a non-college family she started her career when she was 12 years old as a carpenter and worked her way up in the construction industry. Her current startup (performance management software/fintech) targets the skilled labor shortage in the US. She is starting with the construction industry, but her plan is to expand into oil and gas, mining, agriculture and other spaces where there is a tight (day) labor market. Her mission is to put more money back into the people's pocket who actually do the work: the craft. Sarah's LinkedIn profile: Produced by the

Tuesday Sep 13, 2022

Learn more about Jeffrey Pfeffer and where you can buy or listen to his books: SHOW NOTES: Jon Levy is a behavioral scientist specializing in human connection, trust, and influence. He is the author of the New York Times Best Seller “You’re Invited”, and Founder of Influencers, the secret dining experience and private community. Jeffrey speaks to Jon about how he started his Influencer Dinners and shares some of the amazing content from his book. How Levy started hosting Influencer Dinners Why relationships, connections, and trust lead to an extraordinary life The model Levy developed after researching the behavior of highly influential people What has been learned after hosting 2500 people at 266 dinners in 11 cities in four countries What highly influential people need instead of another rubber chicken dinner What reading about scientific concepts does for Levy’s life How the IKEA effect accelerates the rate at which people bond Why vulnerability creates trust (and how it’s the opposite of what corporate America tries to do) The unseen loneliness of some influential and important people The five concerns of billionaires when meeting people Elements that create a memorable event The three things not sharing dinner guest’s professions until after dinner does toward building connection The most significant factor in Levy’s success What draws crowds and creates a committed group of people JON'S BIO: Jon Levy is a behavioral scientist and NY Times Best Selling author known for his work in human connection, trust, and influence. Jon specializes in applying the latest research to transform the ways companies approach marketing, sales, consumer engagement, and culture. His clients range from Fortune 500 brands, like Microsoft, Google, AB-InBev, and Samsung, to startups. More than a decade ago, Levy founded The Influencers Dinner, a secret dining experience for industry leaders ranging from Nobel laureates, Olympians, celebrities, and executives, to artists, musicians, and even the Grammy winning voice of the bark from “Who Let the Dogs Out.” Guests cook dinner together but can’t discuss their careers or give their last names. Once seated to eat, they reveal who they are. Over time, these dinners developed into a community. With thousands of members, Influencers is the largest community of its type worldwide. Jon’s second book, You’re Invited: The Art and Science of Connection, Trust and Belonging, was released to critical acclaim quickly rising as an international best seller. In it Levy demonstrates the importance of trust, and community to accomplishing what is most important to us. In his free time, Jon works on outrageous projects. Among them spending a year traveling to all 7 continents, or to the world's greatest events (Grand Prix, Art Basel, Burning Man, Running of the Bulls, etc.) and barely surviving to tell the tale. These Adventures were chronicled in his first book: The 2 AM Principle: Discover the Science of Adventure Produced by the  

Tuesday Sep 13, 2022

Learn more about Jeffrey Pfeffer and where you can buy or listen to his books: SHOW NOTES: Benjamin Fernandes, CEO and founder of Nala, the African payment system, and former student of Jeffrey Pfeffer, discusses how dedication creates opportunities in starting a business. Nala’s valuation is $100 million and their ultimate mission is to increase economic opportunity for Africa globally. How hosting a local TV show at age 17 exposed him to the business of mobile cross-border payments in Africa The door his unique ability to keep people’s attention opened How Nala is working to reduce the cost of sending money globally into and out of Africa What ideas Fernandes found helpful for building his business from Pfeffer’s class at Stanford Advice on fighting imposter syndrome A unique protocol-breaking technique that ultimately gained Nala investors The benefits of being proactive versus reactive The value in having employees take responsibility for their role What being scrappy brought to Nala Why building relationships and networking matter and create leverage Showing up for yourself and the people you work for The education found in talking with founders Three questions to ask a founder BENJAMIN'S BIO: Benjamin Fernandes is an award-winning Tanzanian speaker and entrepreneur. Benjamin grew up in Tanzania, then earned scholarships that took him to America for the first time at the age of 17. At age 21, Benjamin was the youngest African in history to ever be accepted into Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and an Exec Ed from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, being the first Tanzanian to attend both institutions. Fernandes was previously a national television personality in Tanzania. After that, he worked at The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the United States. In 2018, Fernandes founded Nala, a fintech startup that is on a mission to increase economic opportunity for Africans globally. NALA recently raised $10m backed by leading US investors such as Y-Combinator, Accel, Amplo and Bessemer Partners. In 2020, Fernandes was listed as the 15th most influential Tanzanian. In 2022, Fernandes was listed in the inaugural ROW100 most influential technology leaders in the world. Web and Social Media: Produced by the  

Tuesday Sep 13, 2022

Learn more about Jeffrey Pfeffer and where you can buy or listen to his books: SHOW NOTES Deb Liu, CEO of the $4.7 billion company Ancestry, author of Take Back Your Power: 10 New Rules for Women at Work and a former student of Jeffrey Pfeffer, Ph.D shares how she overcame enormous amounts of challenges and career discrimination, why amplifying your work is a generous act, and questions to bring you to reaching your career goals more efficiently. How her careers at PayPal, eBay, and Facebook helped her learn to use her voice to overcome challenges The challenges Asian women face in their careers and how she overcame them How she actively worked to change her shy nature to cultivate power and executive presence Why asking for help and resources is a sign of strength How differently telling the story of a product shifts support and revenue How a core team of four expanded to twelve and the impact that team created The Hero’s Journey in relation to projects, failure, and changing perspective The importance of sharing more about the work you are doing, especially to your manager A new way to look at self-promotion How people are willing to engage in power and influence if they don’t think it’s for selfish motives The value in giving your team credit Recommendations she makes to other women Questions to ask to bring you closer to reaching your job and income goals The importance of a learning mindset Creating balance at home DEBORAH'S BIO Deborah Liu is a seasoned technology executive based in Silicon Valley. She is currently the president and CEO of Ancestry, the company at the forefront of family history and consumer genomics. Prior to this, she served on the leadership team of Facebook, where she was the vice president of Facebook App Commerce. During her time there, she founded Facebook Marketplace and created Facebook Pay, Facebook Audience Network, and App Ads. Previously, she spent several years at PayPal, where she led the eBay marketplace product team, created the charitable donations and social commerce teams, and worked in corporate strategy. An alum of Duke and Stanford University, she also serves on the board of Intuit and is cofounder of the nonprofit Women in Product. She lives with her husband, three kids, and mom in California.  Deb's Newsletter: order link: Produced by the

Thursday Sep 08, 2022

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