15 Noteworthy Lines From Remarkable CEOs

Chief Executive Officers have the challenging tasks of managing the general operations and assets of a company, making major corporate decisions as well as developing and implementing top policies which will have high impact on the successes of their companies.

“If you want a CEO role, you have to prepare for it with a vengeance.” Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Company.

“This indicates that employers are hiring on an as-needed basis, but are still not ready to staff up until demand for their business truly requires it.”  Jeffrey Joerres, CEO of Manpower

“As the CEO, I have to take care of the short term, midterm and the long term.” Carlos Ghosn, Nissan.

“Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world…if you do so, you are insulting yourself.” – Bill Gates, former CEO of Microsoft

“I always believe that, as you start out, while you should have a big dream – a big goal – but it’s also important to move step by step. So, you know, frankly, if you ask me, when I started as a management trainee in 1984, I don’t know that I really thought that I would become the CEO.” Chanda Kochhar, ICICI Bank.

“I think as a company, if you can get those two things right — having a clear direction on what you are trying to do and bringing in great people who can execute on the stuff — then you can do pretty well.” – Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook

“Just because you are CEO, don’t think you have landed. You must continually increase your learning, the way you think, and the way you approach the organization. I’ve never forgotten that.” Indra Nooyi, PepsiCO.

“I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”  John D. Rockefeller, CEO of Standard Oil

“Talent is the No. 1 priority for a CEO. You think it’s about vision and strategy, but you have to get the right people first.” Andrean Jung, Grameen America.

The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?’ – Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently. – Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

“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, Toptal.

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