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Best Inspirational Words From Business Leaders in 2012

December 31, 2012
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225285
Running a company is like playing a video game.

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Running a company is like playing a video game.

"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

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A leader should take the secrecy away.

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A leader should take the secrecy away.

"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.

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Having fun makes you more innovative.

"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.

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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

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Believe that you are No. 1.

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Believe that you are No. 1.

"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.

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Taking the more difficult road will have the bigger impact.

"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.

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Small businesses have the same problems as the big guys.

"Mom-and-pop businesses have the same issues as the Fortune 500. The difference is that big companies spend millions on consultants to fix them."

--Christopher Myers, CEO, BodeTree

Conquer the insurmountable.

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Conquer the insurmountable.

"The key to our success is focusing on one insurmountable task each day and surmounting the hell out of it. It's tenacity--that's what powers the entrepreneurial spirit."

--Jackie Summers, co-founder, Jack from Brooklyn

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Learn to be a coach and mentor.

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Learn to be a coach and mentor.

"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.

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Act despite your fear.

"People think having courage means you have no fear. Courage is taking action despite the fear."

--Linda Sapadin, psychologist

Related: Ways to Triumph Over Your Fears and Get Things Done

Give your brand an emotional connection.

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Give your brand an emotional connection.

"A lot of business owners fall in love with their own product and forget that other people need to be romanced by a story. A brand should make you feel something when you say the name. Without context, it's just stuff."

--Mike Bisceglia, president, Stauer

Redirect the agenda.

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Redirect the agenda.

"If you're an entrepreneur entering a category, maybe you can't set the agenda, but if you can redirect that agenda, that's how you win. If you're going to enter a category and be a 'me too,' don't bother."  

--Jim Stengel, branding consultant

Don't mess with moms.

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Don't mess with moms.

"Mom bloggers are ruthless."

--Elisa Camahort Page, COO, BlogHer

Related: How to Tap Into Mom-Centric Mobile Marketing

Craft a better call to action.

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Craft a better call to action.

"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