Mark Gerson

GLG Co-Founder & Chairman

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What Was the Worst Advice Someone Gave You?

I don't know because I probably ignored it. So, good question, but, I don't know.

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What Do You Splurge on in Your Business That's Worth It?

I think a business leader needs to splurge on time. In order to create a successful business, again, like a lot of cliches, the following is true, you need great people. Now, so many people…

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What's the Smartest Way to Cut Costs?

I think every P&L looks different, I think every situation is going to be particular. One of the things about most entrepreneurs and businessmen is the markets have a way of disciplining us and keeping…

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What Role Does Data Play in Your Decision-Making Process?

I think data should play a significant role in everyone's decision-making process, in the sense that whenever you're making a decision you want to amass all of the readily available data to help inform it.…

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How Do You Fit Exercise Into Your Day?

I have an addiction to exercise, so I run every morning, I don't think I've missed a day of running in 15 years. So, I run between four and a half and eight miles a…

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What Role Does Instinct Play in Your Decision-Making Process?

I think instinct plays a role in everybody's decision-making process. I think in order for instinct to work best the instinct needs to be educated. Everyone's going to make some decisions based on instinct, but…

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What Is an Important Truth Very Few People Agree On?

I don't think there is one. I mean, I think the nature of a truth is something that, now, plenty of people can reject the truth, a truth. Plenty of people can reject a truth…

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What's the Most Effective Way to Pitch Your Idea?

That's a good question, so I think it depends on who's in the meeting. You know, I think President Reagan said it best when he said, "There's no limit to what you can accomplish if…

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How Do You Write an Email That Actually Gets Read?

So I think email is bringing back the art of letter writing. I remember when I wrote my first book, and this is going back more than 20 years ago now, so this was like '94,…

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What Would You Do if You Found out You Had Two Weeks Left to on Earth?

Mark Gerson: Well, that's a good question. What would I do if I found out that I had two weeks left on Earth? Well, I guess at some point that question will come to all…

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How Do You Come up With Your Best Ideas?

There's a great essay, it was actually a lecture, probably the best lecture ever given, in the beginning of the 20th century, I think it was 1919, 1920, by Max Weber called Science as a…

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What Is the Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?

One piece of advice that I got, probably, 10 years ago that's been great, is a friend of mine told me to start studying the Bible, and I did. I started running on the treadmill…

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What’s the Most Important Skill You Use That School Did Not Teach You?

I don't think very much can be learned in a school about entrepreneurship. Certainly, there are some basics that can be learned at school, they can also be learned outside of school. Entrepreneurship is not…

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What's Your Power Food?

I have a fairly restricted diet given that I've lost a lot of weight, I've lost about 60 pounds in 2001. Therefore I don't really believe in diets because diets imply something other than consistency.…

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What Is a Unique Challenge Faced by Women Entrepreneurs?

So, when I think about the entrepreneurs that I've worked with and that I respect, I don't really see gender, at all. I can't think of, I mean, I've worked with so many great women…

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What Is Your Biggest Time-Saving Trick?

Whenever I'm in California, I'll come back on the red-eye because if you fly otherwise, you waste a whole day, so you come back on the red-eye, and then I'll get a hotel room near…

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Do You Need a College Education to Succeed?

It depends on what you do. So if you want to be an entrepreneur, do you need a college education? No, but will the learnings that you acquire in college, if you take the right…

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What Happened to You as a Child That Changed Your Life?

I had a completely blessed childhood, completely blessed. I came from a family that was really the perfect family, I had no struggles, no wants. No hardships whatsoever, none, it was just a very blessed…

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What Do You Do for Others?

So it's related to the charities I chair, so I chair United Hatzalah in Israel. Our goal is to bring the solution which is enabling victims of trauma, usually heart attacks, strokes, choking, or bleeding, to…

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How Do You Make Time for Family?

Family is very important to me, so the first way we make time for family is we accept the gift of Shabbat. As religious Jews, every Friday night there's Shabbat, and that's it. You know,…

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How Do You Manage Your Emails?

I try to get back to everyone the same day. Of course there's a lot of emails, but it doesn't take long to respond, either. Someone says, "I'm so busy, "I couldn't get back to…

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Are Entrepreneurs Born or Can They Be Made?

I think there are certain attributes of an entrepreneur which are innate. Now, like a lot of things, that doesn't mean anything, because even if one has those attributes, they have to be developed, they…

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How Much of Your Career Has Been Planned and How Much Has It Been Left up to Chance?

I don't know if it could be divided in such a binary nature. You know, Branch Rickey said, "Luck is the residue of design." So, I think in entrepreneurship and like in a lot of…

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How Do You Get Executives to Do What You Want?

First I've been blessed, you are absolutely right, I've been blessed to be surrounded by some extraordinarily talented people. For years I've always just been so overwhelmed sometimes by how great the person is, how…

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"Chair of United Hatzalah, a network of volunteer first responders"

Mark Gerson is the co-founder and Chairman of the Gerson Lehrman Group, the largest peer-to-peer business learning company. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of Thuzio (which owns the Thuzio Executive Club and Julius), Voray, and Matterhorn Data, and has investments in private companies in numerous industries.

Mark is also the co-founder and Chairman of United Hatzalah, Israel's crowd-sourced emergency first response system that saves dozens of lives every day, and United Rescue, the sister organization that is deploying the same system in the United States. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of the African Mission Healthcare Foundation, which supports the work of Christian medical missionaries serving in Africa. He and his wife recently inaugurated the Rabbi Erica and Mark Gerson L'Chaim Prize for Outstanding Christian Medical Missionary Service.

A summa cum laude graduate of Williams College and a graduate of Yale Law School, he has written books on intellectual history and inner-city education. He lives in New York City with his wife, Rabbi Erica Gerson, and their four children.