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4 habits of great leaders, according to David Rubenstein in How to Lead

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David Rubenstein is fascinated with leadership. The Carlyle Group cofounder interviews CEOs, entrepreneurs, and game-changers in his book, How To Lead. The interviews include everyone from Indra Nooyi to Jeff Bezos and offer fascinating insights for anyone who aspires to greatness.

I find Rubenstein’s introduction the most valuable part of the book because he breaks down the common habits successful leaders share in any field. Nearly everyone who has achieved something great focuses, fails, persists, and persuades.

1. Focus

Focus your energy on truly mastering one skill or subject, says Rubenstein. You can broaden your focus only after establishing your credibility and expertise in that area.

For example, when former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi was working her way up at the company, she specialized in simplifying complex ideas and communicating them effectively. So when senior managers needed someone to pour through thousands of pages of competitive analysis and summarize it for them, they turned to Nooyi.

Be known for something–and then broaden your skills.

2. Fail

“Any leader has failed at something or many things,” writes Rubenstein. The key, he says, is to learn from the experience.

The word “fail” appears about forty times throughout Rubenstein’s book. Successful leaders, especially entrepreneurs, wear failure as a badge of honor. They make mistakes, own them, learn from them, and make radical improvements based on what they learn.


Legendary Duke basketball coach “Coach K,” said he learned to deal with disappointments and failures while he was a player and then a coach at West Point. “I learned that failure was never a destination. In other words, figure out why [you failed] and then change.”

If you’re afraid to fail, you’ll never try. Instead, reframe failure as a stepping stone to greatness.

3. Persist

A game-changing entrepreneur is someone who does something new and different. And that person will always encounter resistance from others who are comfortable with the status quo. According to Rubenstein, “The key is to persist when others say no or fight against the change you want to make.”

Rubenstein himself faced doubters when he wanted to build a private equity firm in Washington, D.C, an area that wasn’t considered a hotbed of financial activity at the time. “The more I was told it couldn’t be done, the more I was determined to persist with my dream and ambition.”

Rubenstein’s experience reminds me of the common wisdom early in the pandemic about remote work. Many people thought it couldn’t be done efficiently because the status quo required that everyone show up to the office. It took months for organizations to acknowledge that much of the work could get done from home.

Any new idea you have will encounter resistance, and others will try to talk you out of pursuing that big idea. Don’t let the naysayers get you down. 

4. Persuade

“It is impossible to lead if no one is following,” writes Rubenstein. And attracting followers requires persuasion through the means of writing, speaking, and communicating.

Persuasion and communication–my ‘focus’ subjects–are crucial to succeed in any leadership position. The good news is that communication is a skill that you can improve. And learning is never-ending. Even at his level of success, Rubenstein says he’s constantly learning “through trial and error to improve my basic writing and speaking skills.”

Success leaves clues. If the world’s greatest CEOs, founders, and game changers practice these four habits, so should you.


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Exclusive: Rezonate raises $8.7M and launches its cloud identity protection platform out of stealth –




Rezonate raises $8.7M and launches its cloud identity protection platform out of stealth

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Rezonate, a Boston- and Tel Aviv-based startup that offers an agent-less cloud identity protection platform that aims to help DevOps teams minimize attackers’ opportunities to breach cloud identity and access, is coming out of stealth today and announcing an $8.7 million seed funding round, led by State of Mind Ventures and Flybridge, with participation from toDay Ventures, Merlin Ventures and a number of angel investors.

Founded in January 2022, Rezonate is part of a group of modern identity and access management (IAM) startups that aim to modernize the current state of affairs in this space, which is struggling to meet the demands of modern cloud infrastructure systems. This shift is creating new attack surfaces, especially as enterprises move to the cloud — and more dynamic infrastructure systems — at an ever-increasing rate. The number of security breaches stemming from issues with identity and access management is already on the rise. Indeed, Gartner expects that by 2023, “75% of security failures will result from inadequate management of identities, access, and privileges.”

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Co-founder and CEO Roy Akerman was previously the head of the Israeli Cyberdefense Operations, while Rezonate co-founder and CTO Ori Amiga previously led R&D for this unit. Both received the Medal of Honor for their contributions to Israel’s National Security.

“The rapidly-changing cloudscape together with the proliferation of human and machine identities requires a different approach,” said Akerman. “Modern infrastructures require a precise and nimble way to outsmart attackers. One that prioritizes cloud identities and access at its core and is constantly adapting to current dynamics over yesterday’s snapshots and, for the first time, gives defenders and builders the means to act confidently.”

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Rezonate promises to discover all of a company’s cloud and identity providers and the corresponding access privileges of its employees. The platform automatically detects security gaps and abnormal access attempts in real time. Rezonate promises that within minutes of deploying its solution, its platform can identify cloud identity and access risks and provide guidance for remediating them, or even automatically remove access and terminate sessions.

At the core of all of this is what Rezonate calls its ‘Identity Storyline,’ which aims to provide DevOps and security teams with a context-rich dashboard that helps them understand the security risk across a company’s cloud estate. With this, users get an easy-to-read dashboard that clearly lays out what kind of access every user has — and where there are potential issues.


“The fact that in just ten months from our first line of code we already have active customers, solving key gaps daily, affirms the criticality of the cloud identity and access issue. In a cloud world where everything is changing all of the time, DevOps teams need a solution as dynamic and automated as the infrastructure they need to protect is,” said Amiga.

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Exclusive: Building a Prospecting Motion: How to Outreach Like a Pro –




Building a Prospecting Motion: How to Outreach Like a Pro

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The core responsibility of business development is to generate a pipeline of new business opportunities. For teams looking to close new customers, this work is indispensable.


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5 things to know before the stock market opens Tuesday

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A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), December 5, 2022.

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Here are the most important news items that investors need to start their trading day:

1. Rough start

Stocks got off on the wrong foot this week with an ugly selloff Monday as investors weighed strong new economic data that stoked worries of sustained rate hikes from the Federal Reserve. The Dow dropped more than 480 points, while the S&P 500 declined 1.79% and the Nasdaq fell 1.93%. When it meets next week, the Fed’s policy-setting committee is expected to raise its benchmark rate by half a percentage point, which is less than the three-quarter-point hikes of the past few months but still sizable. Smith & Wesson and Stitch Fix earnings are set to hit after the bell Tuesday. Read live market updates here.

2. Salesforce slumps

Bret Taylor, co-chief executive officer of Inc., right, and Marc Benioff, co-chief executive officer of Inc., wear rabbit ears during a keynote at the 2022 Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.

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3. Most Ford dealers sign up for EV plan

4. Biden touts Arizona chip investment

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks prior to signing railroad legislation into law, providing a resoluton to avert a nationwide rail shutdown, during a signing ceremony in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2022. 

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5. Russia ratchets up missile attacks

A building burns after shelling in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, on December 4, 2022, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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And one more thing …

Actress Kirstie Alley

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