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Business insights from 10 famous executives

We’ve put together some of the best wisdom on how to work well, climb up the ladder, achieve more and live a balanced life.

These quotes from famous business leaders hold some valuable lessons and will change how you view work, do business, and live your life.

Marissa Mayer

On pushing for success
“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”
Marissa Mayer, Former CEO, Yahoo
Photograph courtesy: Yahoo

Denise Morrison

On personal success
“The thing that I learned early on is you really need to set goals in your life, both short-term and long-term, just like you do in business. Having that long-term goal will enable you to have a plan on how to achieve it. We apply these skills in business, yet when it comes to ourselves, we rarely apply them.”
Denise Morrison, CEO, Campbell Soup Co

Michael Dell

On business strategy
“I believe that you have to understand the economics of a business before you have a strategy, and you have to understand your strategy before you have a structure. If you get these in the wrong order, you will probably fail.”
Michael Dell, Founder & CEO, Dell Technoloogies
Photograph: michandryan/Flick

Ginni Rometty

On competition
“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, Chairman, President & CEO, IBM

Pete Cashmore

“We are really competing against ourselves, we have no control over how other people perform.”
Pete Cashmore, Founder & CEO, Mashable
Photograph: David Shankbone/Creative Commons

Frederick W Smith

On leadership
“Leaders get out in front and stay there by raising the standards by which they judge themselves – and by which they are willing to be judged.”
Frederick W Smith, Founder & CEO, Fedex

Taso Du Val

On increasing employee engagement
“Teaching your employees something new creates an instant connection, and they will respect you for it. If you can do this in a job interview, you will be sure to attract the smartest people. Money doesn’t mean much to a lot of the smartest people in the world—they want to grow their intelligence rather than their wallet. If you show employees that they will progress intellectually in their career, and economically while at your company, then they will want to work for you.”
Taso Du Val, Co-founder &CEO, Toptal

Ellen Kullman

On work-life balance
“It’s not about having a specific set time; both personal and professional lives are 24/7. It’s simply, more about making the right allocation to each one and recognizing that it’s going to be different every single day.”
Ellen Kullman, Ex-CEO, Dupont

Andrés Gluski

On better decision-making
“Never make an important decision while you are feeling emotional; either too happy, surprised, or angry. Similarly, never make a big decision until you have talked it over with people you trust who are knowledgeable about the matter. Then, be decisive once you have heard them out.”
Andrés Gluski, President & CEO, The AES Corporation

Cher Wang

On self-motivation
“It takes humility to realise that we don’t know everything, not to rest on our laurels and know that we must keep learning and observing. If we don’t, we can be sure some startup will be there to take our place.”
Cher Wang, Co-founder & CEO, HTC Corp 

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