Ann Hiatt learned about leadership, innovation and risk-taking while working alongside legendary CEOs such as Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google’s Eric Schmidt and Yahoo!’s Marissa Mayer. But those heady experiences arose only because of her bedrock conviction that success requires a willingness to pivot toward opportunity and be resilient in the face of difficulties. Hiatt explains how to recognize and take chances that can elevate your career from the ordinary to the exceptional. Her insider’s view of how iconic companies operate is fascinating, instructive and inspirational.
Ann Hiatt’s parents taught her the power of strategic risk-taking and a “can-do” attitude.
Ann Hiatt learned about the transformative power of ambition and persistence from her parents, who lived on Idaho potato farms during their formative years. Her father, Glade, fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming an Air Force fighter pilot and was immortalized as “Goose” in the movie Top Gun. Her mother, Tammy, embraced the challenges that came with being isolated on a military base in Anchorage, Alaska, far from family and friends. She developed a neighborhood preschool program, made ceramics and oil paintings, and took her kids fishing and berry picking.
Hiatt’s resiliency and drive during her formative years compensated for what she considered a lack of innate talent. As the oldest of seven children, she learned to be organized, self-motivated and tactful – qualities that served her well throughout her career. Self-criticism and insecurity in her abilities growing up spawned an intense work ethic. Hiatt’s “can-do” attitude helped her flourish during an improbable career in which she worked alongside...
Ann Hiatt worked alongside Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Google’s Eric Schmidt and Marissa Mayer, before founding her own global consulting company. She teaches entrepreneurs and executives how to develop a corporate culture of relentless ambition and vision.