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Best Inspirational Words From Business Leaders in 2012
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You don't have to be a billionaire to have keen insights into the business world. Looking back over our 2012 issues, we found much to be inspired by in the words of the entrepreneurs and business experts--big and small--with whom we've spoken. Take note of the wisdom offered up by these innovators, raconteurs and candid observers, and apply it to your own work going forward. We predict good things ahead.

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Running a company is like playing a video game.
Running a company is like playing a video game.
Jeff Clark

"Running a company is like playing a really great SimCity. You set the right foundations in place, hire awesome people and move from office to slightly larger office and increase perks and amenities."
--James Park, CEO, Fitbit

Related: How Fitbit Is Cashing in on the High-Tech Fitness Trend

A leader should take the secrecy away.
A leader should take the secrecy away.
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"Politics comes from secrecy. The leadership of the company--who has all the information--has the power to change that. It's the leader who can tell all the employees everything, and by so doing, take the secrecy away."

--Mark Leslie, former chairman and CEO, Veritas Software

Related: Leadership Lessons from the Top of the Org Chart

Having fun makes you more innovative.
Having fun makes you more innovative.
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"I found the more fun I created in the company, the more creative and innovative it became. That was the big kahuna--the fun piece."

--Barbara Corcoran, founder, The Corcoran Group

Related: Barbara Corcoran's Leadership Style: Rainbows and Steel-Toe Boots

Praise good work to keep employees happy.
Praise good work to keep employees happy.

"What praise ultimately does is hold up a mirror. It acknowledges what people already think about themselves: that they're good at what they do. You're making someone happy and fulfilled and more excited to work with you. And for almost no effort at all."

--Ross McCammon, the Esquire guy

Articles by Ross McCammon

Believe that you are No. 1.
Believe that you are No. 1.
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"I like to say we're 'justifiably confident.' But really, who wants to work with No. 2? If you don't believe you're No. 1 and don't believe you can build the best products and services, why would anyone else want to work with you?"

--Ben Lamm, CEO, Chaotic Moon

Related: Big Claims Aim to Boost Business at Mobile App Startup

Taking the more difficult road will have the bigger impact.
Taking the more difficult road will have the bigger impact.
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"You're not just trying to do something marginally, incrementally better. You're doing something that is a fundamental paradigm shift, that will have exponential impact. That means it's harder to do, but ultimately, if it's successful, the impact it has is far greater."

--Steve Case, founder, Revolution

Related: Online Pioneer Steve Case on the Future of Entrepreneurship

Small businesses have the same problems as the big guys.
Learn to be a coach and mentor.
Learn to be a coach and mentor.
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"The entrepreneur has to go from a control freak to a trusting manager to an emotionally intelligent coach and mentor."

--Ed Hess, professor at University of Virginia'sDarden School of Business

Related: Can You Evolve From Control Freak to Emotionally Intelligent Leader?

Act despite your fear.
Give your brand an emotional connection.
Redirect the agenda.
Don't mess with moms.
Craft a better call to action.
Craft a better call to action.
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"If the call to action is always 'buy, buy, buy,' that sounds like a 5-year-old saying, 'Mom, Mom, Mom' all the time."

--Michael Becker, managing director for North America, Mobile Marketing Association

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