Choose a Manager, Not a Company
This is Tzahi.
Tzahi was my manager at Microsoft, 7 years ago.
I talk about him in my content because
he taught me many valuable lessons:
"Focus on outcomes, not outputs"
"Don't ask for permission, ask for forgiveness"
And he taught me what great leadership looks like, by having my back, advocating for me, and teaching me to think in terms of "solutions" and not problems.
Here is the thing though.
Tzahi helped me even more AFTER I left Microsoft.
- He used his network to help me find
potential next employers
- He gave me a glowing reference that eventually
helped me land my first VP role
- He introduced me to the team at Google and made sure they were excited about hiring me
Even though we live on different continents, we never miss an opportunity to catch up IRL.
This is Tzahi and me last week in San Francisco. It's the first time we were able to meet since COVID started. We had a lovely dinner and as we were leaving the restaurant Tzahi said: "let me know if there's anything I can help you with".
I didn't choose to join Microsoft 7 years ago.
I chose to work with Tzahi.
I think I chose well :-)