Best Quotations from Readings in November

“If markets are volatile, turn off your damn machine, pick up the phone, and talk to companies you’re invested in.” Ron Baron (billionaire investor, NYC)

“I always advise people never to give advice. ” .P.G. Wodehouse (English humorist)

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” Steve Martin

“It’s not how you start the race, it’s how you finish it.” Steve Collis, president and CEO of Amerisourcebergen

“Never stop learning. Whether you’re an entry-level employee or a CEO, you don’t know it all. Admitting this is not a sign of weakness. The strongest leaders are those who are lifelong students.”  Indra Nooyi. Chairman and CEO of Pepsico

“People can be bought with their pockets, and they can be stimulated with their brains. But only if you win their hearts will they give you their fullest efforts driven by their passions.” Andrew Liveris, President and CEO of DOW Chemical

“Good leaders put their teams first and create an environment where employees feel empowered to share ideas and feedback.” Michael F Mahoney, President and CEO of Boston Scientific ”

“..I love to run. I like to run long distances. And part of it for me is sort of the joy of feeling the pain and the grit and knowing you have to dig deep. And I think a lot of times making business decision is like being a marathoner. In other words, you know what the finish line is that you really want to get to but, along the way, it’s not always pure joy. There are really hard moments. But if you keep your eye on the prize, it’s part of what drives you to get there.” Executive Vice President—CVS Caremark Corporation

“Be clear what matters most. And what matters most is your family. There are tradeoffs that you will make, but remember, at the end of the day that is probably the most important group of people in your lives, and that has been true for me from day one.Do something that you love. We spend a lot of time at work. I’ve probably spent 150 hours over the last couple of weeks. And so you have to find something that you love and I think you need to do it with people who you really enjoy. I get tremendous satisfaction from the team—the joy of collaboration from figuring things out together. And so I think teams and the people that you work with are incredibly important.

My advice to young people is if you find yourself in a company where you’re being asked to do something that you don’t think is right or you’re feeling uncomfortable about the leadership and the direction of the company, run, do not walk, for the doors.” Meg Whitman, CEO of HP

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

My father told me to find something you enjoy doing, work hard at it and develop a reputation in the field, and then, if you want to start something on your own, go ahead. If you enjoy your work, then it is not work. This goes against current conventional wisdom, which encourages flitting from job to job.

What is the best advice that you like to give?

“Get on with it!” Or my motto, “persistence and speed.”    Martin Sorrell CEO—WPP Group

Never protect the past. If you never protect the past, I think … you will be willing to never love [it] so much [that] you wont let it go, either. Never define yourself as a product and, in fact, I would augment it; never define yourself by your competition, either. If you live and define yourself by your product or competition, you will loose sight of who your customer is. Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM

“If you don’t like the people or the products or services you work with, don’t stay! You will only be successful if you are passionate about what you are doing.” Susan Cameron, President and CEO, Reynolds American

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