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"I believe that a successful leader empowers and develops people to make them successful personally and at work. Hiding our emotions makes us look stronger and more confident, but only in our minds. Being honest and vulnerable is a much richer way to lead," shared Guille Spiller (MBA ‘14).

View more student portraits and reflections → http://stnfd.biz/vXaT8 #gsbinthemoment

During yesterday’s Stanford GSB View From The Top Series talk, Oprah Winfrey emphasized the importance of aligning your skillset with your deeper potential. Read more #GSBvftt insights from her conversation with Amanda Facelle (MBA ’14): http://stnfd.biz/vUEkP

In his Stanford GSB View From The Top Talk, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman shared the biggest lessons he’s learned writing columns over the past 20 years. Watch the full video of his talk, see photos from the event, read about his nine ways to write a column, and check out key takeaways below:

Richard Fairbank (MBA ‘81) shares the most important leadership lessons he learned while launching Capital One: http://stnfd.biz/vPEqV

Marc Andreessen of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz discussed big breakthrough ideas, courage, and success during his recent View From The Top talk at Stanford GSB.  View photos from the event, and read his top insights below: 

Stanford GSB faculty, staff, alumni, and guests share their thoughts on mentorship, role models, empowerment, and success:

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"If you hire, train, and mentor correctly, you’ll have someone who is better than you are. If they’re not, you haven’t done your job." –Chef Thomas Keller 
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"Surround yourself with mentors: people who know more than you do and who can make you better at what you do.“ –Journalist and Author Joan Lunden
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The single most important thing an entrepreneur can do is get a mentor. –John Montgomery, Chairman Emeritus of Montgomery & Hansen
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"Mentorship must be more about empowering the mentee than about shaping the mentee to be like the mentor.” –Michael Ruderman (MBA ’13) 
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Plan to be a mentor, but be very discriminating and exercise care before agreeing to mentor someone. –Maeve Richard, Director of Stanford GSB’s Career Management Center
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"Forming a couple of good mentor relationships can help bridge the gap between startup failure & success." –Gabriel Weinberg, CEO & Founder of DuckDuckGo
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The power of mentorship and role models is very important in building the entrepreneurship circuit. –Professor George Foster
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Tip for adding value to others’ lives: Advise. Act as a mentor and share your insights and expertise. –Author Liz Lynch (MBA ’92)
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Rehearsing your body language and getting proper rest are effective tactics for reducing public speaking anxiety and ensuring that you give a memorable presentation. Read on for a round-up of top public speaking tips from Stanford GSB faculty and guest speakers:

1. To manage anxiety, reframe the situation as a conversation rather than a performance. http://stnfd.biz/vJAix 

2. Set your goals at a reasonable level so you can overachieve. http://stnfd.biz/vJAjZ

3. Eat a healthy diet, get proper rest, and exercise to alleviate nervousness. http://stnfd.biz/vJAlX 

4. Diversify your material to keep people’s attention. http://stnfd.biz/vJAom

5. Use analogies to help your audience quickly process and understand new information. http://stnfd.biz/vJApw

6. Add emotion and variety to ensure people remember what they hear and see. http://stnfd.biz/vJAr7 

7. Make sure your content is relevant and easily accessible to your audience. http://stnfd.biz/vJAsS  

8. Add visuals to your slides. When you deliver information verbally, people only remember 10% of it. If you include a picture, retention is 65%. http://stnfd.biz/vJAuC

9. Spend more time rehearsing your body language than your speech. http://stnfd.biz/vJAwf 

10. Include a strong ending. Do you want people to stand when you finish? Or repeat a key takeaway? http://stnfd.biz/vJAxv

11. Practice your presentation beforehand to ensure your body language matches your message. http://stnfd.biz/vJAzh

12. Get to the venue early and imagine your body expanding to fill the room. Own the space. http://stnfd.biz/vJABs 

13. Keep your hand gestures symmetrical when you’re trying to be convincing. http://stnfd.biz/vJACJ 

Leaders who “repot” or change occupations every ten years avoid complacency and are able to find meaningful work that leaves a lasting legacy, believed former Stanford GSB Dean Ernest Arbuckle. Read how shifting your career trajectory from time to time can lead to greater innovation, success, and meaningfulness: http://stnfd.biz/vJ9JS 

PhD student Vivienne Groves reflects on her Stanford GSB experience for our portrait project, [In the Moment]: “Choosing a research team can be even more important than the choice of research topic. Readiness to question ideas, make mistakes, think creatively, and importantly, laugh along the way, are essential.” http://stnfd.biz/vIFWW #gsbinthemoment

What motivates people to reach a goal changes throughout their journey to achieve it, according to new research by Professor Szu-chi Huang. Read how having multiple pathways to success can either encourage or derail people, depending on how far along they are in pursuit of the goal: http://stnfd.biz/vFiKJ

What motivates people to reach a goal changes throughout their journey to achieve it, according to new research by Professor Szu-chi Huang. Read how having multiple pathways to success can either encourage or derail people, depending on how far along they are in pursuit of the goal: http://stnfd.biz/vFiKJ