Ryan Leatherbury

Business. Tech. Life

Why I’m Going to Work at AlienVault

by When the recruiter first contacted me, I didn’t know much about AlienVault. I quickly learned that they are a fast growing, private company with about 200 employees that provides security monitoring software for mid-sized businesses. It didn’t take me long to realize they had a very good thing going and that I wanted to…

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Building a Virtual Advisory Board

by You’ve probably heard the saying that you are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with. Chances are, you’re a good reflection of the people you surround yourself with. Even though here’s no substitute for the real life relationships which really shape our lives, there is no reason you…

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Do More by Creating a Sense of Urgency

by Sometimes the more options you think you have, the more complacent you become with the status quo. It’s easier to kick the can down the road to tomorrow than make a tough decision today. But what if you mentally backed yourself into a corner to force decisive, quick action and decision? Robert Greene describes…

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How You Can Create 3000 New Ideas This Year

by I was surprised how much it bothered me. How did I forget? When I woke up that morning, I realized that I broke the streak of writing down a daily list of at least 10 ideas.  I was at 59 consecutive days. Backing up a bit, one of the best pieces of advice I’ve…

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How a Giraffe Mastered Audience Engagement

by Over the break, our family visited a massive Christmas light show, and the only thing more impressive than 3.8M synchronized lights was an act by a mechanical giraffe and tortoise. Aside from being entertaining, they were a textbook example of how to engage an audience. The same rules apply if you’re putting on a…

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10 Things Non-CEOs Can Learn from The CEO Tightrope by Joel Trammell

by Joel Trammell’s CEO Tightrope is an excellent book written by a CEO for CEOs. But you don’t have to be a CEO to take away some very important lessons about business and leadership. His insights are squarely aimed at other CEOs in tough roles where there is no formal job description, no instruction manual…

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The Business Lesson of Jake Shimabukuro’s Ukulele

by When I bought my first real acoustic-electric guitar, I convinced myself only one with a cutaway would do. Cutaways allow you easier access to the high frets beyond the 12th. Of course, I was far from mastering the first 12. Enter a guy like Jake Shimabukuro who has pushed the ukulele, a four stringed…

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