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060: John Tarnoff: We didn’t see this coming

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060: John Tarnoff: We didn’t see this coming

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John Tarnoff Show Notes

John Tarnoff was the co-founder of a tech start-up in the late 1990’s. In the middle of 2001 the tech sector collapsed and John and his partner lost several deals due to the downturn. After a meeting with their lead investor, they decided to bring in someone to help them raise capital. This guy tried to help raise capital and then used it to steal the business. Listen to John tell his story of how he got over the hump and move onward and upward.

John was born and raised in New York, NY but has lived in Los Angeles since graduating college in 1973.

In the ‘70s and ‘80s, he developed and produced movies for Warner Bros, Columbia, MGM and others, founded a technology start-up during the 1990s Tech bubble, and then shifted back into entertainment as Head of Show Development for DreamWorks Animation, where he led the artistic leadership training and university outreach programs.

Inquisitive, creative, unconventional, and an early adopter, John has held eighteen positions over his career, as talent agent, studio executive, film and game producer, talent manager, BizDev consultant, project manager, and program developer. He has the distinction of having been fired 39% of the time in his career, a statistic that has, ironically, enabled him (or forced him, depending on your point of view) to figure out the reinvention process.

John Tarnoff is a career reinvention coach, speaker and author who helps his fellow Baby Boomers transition to meaningful and sustainable careers beyond traditional retirement. He currently co-runs a graduate management program for Carnegie Mellon University.

In 2012, he developed the Boomer Reinvention® coaching curriculum to help his generation stay active, engaged, relevant – and solvent. He is the author of the forthcoming book: Boomer Reinvention: How to Create your Dream Career After 50.

John holds a MA in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, and a BA magna-cum-laude from Amherst College.

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“The myth of retirement is staring us square in the face.” -John Tarnoff Click to Tweet

“We’re going to have to keep working beyond the age of 65 if we are going to survive.” -John Tarnoff Click to Tweet 

“We need to be much more entrepreneurial in the way we look at our roles.” -John Tarnoff Click to Tweet 

“You never want to think of yourself as an employee…think of yourself as a consultant.” -John Tarnoff Click to Tweet 

“Realize and define your value to yourself and to others.” -John Tarnoff Click to Tweet 

“Reinvention on a career has to happen from the inside out.” -John Tarnoff Click to Tweet 

“We tend to get complacent and it becomes more difficult to dare.” -John Tarnoff Click to Tweet 

“We create all sorts of ideal circumstance before we dare.” -John Tarnoff Click to Tweet 

“You have to dare first and then things will actually fall in place.” -John Tarnoff Click to Tweet 

“You never really know what you are capable of until you are confronted with the challenge.” -John Tarnoff Click to Tweet 

“At the end of the day you just have to believe in your ability to weather the storm.” -John Tarnoff Click to Tweet 

“The value of tough times for all of us…these are the experiences we are thankful for.” -John Tarnoff Click to Tweet 

“I could not have done anything I have done without going through adversity.” -John Tarnoff Click to Tweet 

“I wake up often in the morning and ask; is that still working.” -John Tarnoff Click to Tweet 

“Our value as we get older is to help others come up the ranks.” -John Tarnoff Click to Tweet 

“How is this experience today going to play out down the road?” -John Tarnoff Click to Tweet 

“How can I use this experience to help people in the future?” -John Tarnoff Click to Tweet 

“There is nothing holding me back, except myself.” -John Tarnoff Click to Tweet 

“Find a mentor…ask questions and ask for guidance.” -John Tarnoff Click to Tweet 

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Hump to Get Over

John Tarnoff was the co-founder of a tech start-up in the late 1990’s. In the middle of 2001 the tech sector collapsed and John and his partner lost several deals due to the downturn. After a meeting with their lead investor, they decided to bring in someone to help them raise capital. This guy tried to help raise capital and then used it to steal the business. Listen to John tell his story of how he got over the hump and move onward and upward.

Advice for others

You your experiences and humps to help others come up the ranks.

Holding him back from being an even better leader

There is nothing holding me back, except myself.

Best Leadership Advice Received

Don’t take things personally.

Secret to Success

Always listen for the subtext.

Best tools that helps in business or Life

I’m a good listener.

Recommended Reading

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

Contacting John

Website: http://johntarnoff.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johntarnoff

Twitter: https://twitter.com/johntarnoff

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/boomerreinvention/

Resources

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Your Fast Leader Show host is Jim Rembach. Jim is a panel expert with the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) and spent many years in contact center operations and leverages this to help others. He is a certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ) practitioner, Certified Employee Retention Specialist, Certified Better Place to Work Expert, and frequently quoted industry expert.