We had the good fortune of connecting with Tony Martignetti and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tony, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
That everything happens through courageous conversations. Whatever you want to accomplish in life requires you to have the emotional courage to say what needs to be said. The first courageous conversation you have to have is with yourself.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Before becoming a trusted leadership advisor, I was a finance and strategy executive with experience working with some of the world’s leading life sciences companies. Along my journey, I also gained experience as an entrepreneur running a few small businesses. What I discovered for myself and I uncovered through conversations with other leaders is that burnout and feeling stuck are major hurdles to success. Growing up as a child of an immigrant, I was taught that honest hard work is the only way to get ahead in life, and the harder you work, the more you could achieve. Naturally, this led me to become an overachiever in everything I did. I often got frustrated when things did not go according to plan. I learned how to break the pattern and that it is not working harder that leads to success but working smarter. This theme followed me throughout my years, and this drive has fueled my purpose to support others on their mission. Although I made great strides in my career, it was at the expense of other areas of my life, which led to inevitable depression and burnout. As my adventure continues, I am driven by a desire to see my clients explore what is possible through courageous conversations. Through courageous conversations, leaders can connect with their true purpose and make a positive impact on themselves and the world around them. Through conversations, you can challenge your mental models, breakthrough limiting beliefs, and overcome obstacles to create the life that you want to live. Lesson 1: “Break the pattern: Take one tiny step toward a new goal and see what happens; after many tiny steps, you will eventually achieve your goal.” Lesson 2: “Break the pattern: Life begins outside of your comfort zone.” Lesson 3: “Look for the pattern: Watch for signs of what lights you up, do more of that.”
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Where do I begin? I would say the people who have had the biggest impact on me are Peter Bregman, Nancy Duarte, and Dorie Clark. If I had to choose one, I would say Peter Bregman and his book “Leading With Emotional Courage.”