Stephen Coakley is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Babel Street, a company that provides actionable intelligence by persistently monitoring and analyzing a variety of data sources. Babel Street serves governments, higher education, and a wide spectrum of the business sector. Prior to Babel Street, Stephen was the Founder and Principal of Horizon Services, a government contractor that rose to #312 on the Inc 500 Fastest-Growing Companies List, with $8M in revenues and 150 employees. Steve’s philosophy is that he wants to work with very smart people doing something they all can be incredibly passionate about.  Otherwise, it’s time to reinvent.

Key Reinvention Take-Aways from Stephen’s Interview:

  • He knows when it’s time to reinvent – when he’s no longer happy doing what he’s doing or has grown too content
  • Having purpose is important to reinvention
  • Force yourself to network and network differently (His “What can I do for you Wednesdays” accomplished this)
  • Leverage LinkedIn
  • Ask for help
  • Solicit feedback
  • Beware of and avoid “energy vampires”
  • Be your authentic self