Tim Koogle

Tim has been an entrepreneur and business executive for over 25 years. He was the sixth employee of Yahoo! Inc. and its Chairman and CEO from 1995 to 2001. During his tenure, BusinessWeek twice named him to “The Top 25 Executives of the Year” list. Tim now spends his time serving as an investor and board member of early stage companies and philanthropic organizations. His main focus is El Banco, a luxury community he has developed in Punta Mita, Mexico. He and his wife Pam live in northern California as well as San Miguel de Allende and Punta Mita, Mexico.

Getting Things Done

Value of being good natured

I can share an example from an experience today actually. An hour ago I was meeting with a guy who wants to be selected as the architect on a hotel project I am working on. And a few days prior he had on his dime flown down to LA to attend one of our planning sessions. During the meeting, I asked him why he wants to work with us. His response was,”I watched you and your wife and how you interacted with each other and your team. You have fun together and you respect and have fun with other people.” He went on, “I can tell you without shadow of a doubt that you’re going to get at least 25% more work from people like me because of your good nature.” That struck me and I believe that if you are good-natured without it being a means to an end, you do benefit in ways like this. We are all willing to do our best for people whom we respect and enjoy. It’s a good way to live and a good way to work.

View other excerpts
by this person

View other excerpts
in this category

Leave a Comment