My lunch with Mr. Larry Leighton was filled with laughter, stimulating conversations, a non stop discovery of his amazingly successful career, admirable work ethnics and great advice! Unlike me =), as Larry said, he spent his whole life hiding. (Ha!) So I am very flattered to have his permission to post these “rare seen” photos and share some great business/life insights from Larry.
It must be hard to hide as the managing director of a well respected investment bank (http://bentleylp.com/bentleyteam.php?id=17), a graduate of Harvard Business School and members of the prestigeous Harvard and Princeton Club. With decades of investment banking and global experience, active participation in community, education and charity, Larry has lots of great insights which I am honored to share a few:
1 Speak softly, carry a big stick!
2 Besides hard work and experience, excellent businessmen and politicians need excellent intuition. Trust your intuition—or what we called gut feelings.
3 Integrity is a key factor to succeed in business and life! Integrity is not just honesty, it’s about someone’s soul/life value.
Larry is super wise, warm, and interesting: He is on the board of several major organizations such as China Pharmaceutical group and put lots of effort in education. As for our lunch at Capitalgrille (thecapitalgrille.com), it was great and thank God Larry made reservation because it was so crowded (Wednesday lunch?) and filled with the dapper finance-type professionals.
Lastly, let’s check out the menu! I had smoked salmon as appetizer and lobster and crab burger for entree. They tasted great, “maybe not the best or favorite” as Larry said, but I love the environment and the smoked salmon, so healthy!
A true stimulating time with a wonderful and refreshingly interesting banking friend!