Jeff Bleich is the Chief Legal Office at Cruise speaks to us about why you should "Be Useful ", how "Nothing Appreciates Like Appreciation "and other lessons it took him 50 years to learn. Hosted by Duff Watkins
About Ambassador Jeffery Bleich
Jeff Bleich is the Chief Legal Office at Cruise, leading the legal and compliance teams. He previously served as a special master in the U.S. District Court, and as a partner at both Munger, Tolles & Olson and Dentons. He has over three decades experience in resolving complex domestic and international disputes. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia, and as Special Counsel to President Obama in the White House. For his federal service, Ambassador Bleich received numerous awards, including the Sue Cobb Medal, the State Department's highest award for a non-career ambassador.
As an attorney, Mr. Bleich specializes in disruptive technologies, cybersecurity and international disputes. He has been honored as California Lawyer Attorney of the Year, and regularly listed among the Daily Journal's 100 most influential attorneys in California, in the LawDragon's top 500, and in America's Best Lawyers as a top "Bet the Company" lawyer.
Outside his professional practice, Mr. Bleich serves on several boards,including as Chair of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Mr. Bleich has also served as the Chair of PG&E Company during its 2019-2020 bankruptcy reorganization, Chair of the California State University Board of Trustees, President of the California State Bar, President of the Bar Association of San Francisco, Chair of the ABA’s Amicus Curiae Committee, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Amherst College. He has been elected as a life member to both the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Bleich has taught several courses at UC Berkeley School of Law, and publishes extensively. He holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Amherst College, an M.P.P from Harvard with highest honors, a J.D. from the Univ. of California, Berkeley with highest honors, and an honorary Doctor of Laws from S.F. State University and Flinders University.
Mr. Bleich clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Howard Holtzmann of the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal at The Hague
Lesson 1: Don't Choose A Job For The Money To Impress Other People 04:45
Lesson 2: Be Useful 06:11
Lesson 3: Spend Money On The Things You Touch Every Day 09:45
Lesson 4: Don't Let Fear Of Losing Things Keep You From Enjoying Them 11:39
Lesson 5: Nothing Appreciates Like Appreciation 15:14
Lesson 6: Our Health Is A Crapshoot, So Play The Odds 18:47
Lesson 7: There Is No Good Relationship Advice 21:31
Lesson 8: Find People You Admire And Spend Time With Them 24:14
Lesson 9: Business Relationships Are No Different Than Any Other Relationships 33:04
Lesson 10: Character Defines You And Hard Times Determine Your Character 36:10
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