Since it’s Friday, I’ll keep it relatively light again. (I’m back in for a full schedule next week, so be ready with your trigger fingers…)
The March 21 edition of Fortune magazine has an article of very interesting, brief interviews with many business “superstars,” re: the best advice they’ve ever gotten. Here’s a quick rundown:
CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
You’re right not because others agree with you, but because your facts are right.
Founder, Virgin Atlantic Airways
Make a fool of yourself. Otherwise, you won’t survive.
Chairman of Starbucks
Recognize the skills and traits you don’t possess, and hire people who have them.
Chairman/CEO, Proctor & Gamble
Have the courage to stick with a tough job.
Follow your instincts, not those of people who see the world differently.
Be nice, do your best—and most important, keep it in perspective.
Former Chairman/CEO, G.E.
CFO of Citigroup
Don’t listen to the naysayers.
President/CEO, Wipro Technologies
Don’t limit yourself by past expectations.
Chariman/CEO, Time Warner
When you negotiate, leave a little something on the table.
When “everyone knows” something to be true, nobody knows nothin’.
Remember the parable of the cow in the ditch.
All you really own are ideas and the confidence to write them down.
Author, The Purpose-Driven Life
Regularly sit at the feet of Peter Drucker.
Author, Good to Great
The real discipline comes to saying no to the wrong opportunities.
Get good—or get out.
Founder, CNN; Former Vice Chairman, Time Warner
CEO of JetBlue
Balance your work with your family.
CEO of J. Crew
Bail out of a business that isn’t growing.
CEO of Comcast
Let others take the credit.
Incorporate philanthropy into your corporate structure.
Surround yourself with people of integrity and get out of their way.
CEO of Deutsch Inc.
If you love something, the money will come.
Keenly visualize the future.
Chairman/CEO, Young & Rubicam
Don’t start your career path too soon.
Founder/Chairman, Southwest Airlines
Respect people for who they are, not for what their titles are.
Professor, Harvard Business School
You can learn from anyone.
Anchor of ABC’s Nightline
Do what you love.
Well, I’ve already practiced Richard Branson’s tip. Huh. Maybe that’s how I’ve survived.
Read, think, and enjoy your weekend.