Wednesday Wisdom: Ten Quotes from Smart CEOs

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Well, it’s Wednesday. I don’t know about you, but I could use a little inspiration to get to the end of a long August week.

In that spirit, I offer you this selection of ten great quotes from CEOs, company presidents, and founders on how important appreciation and recognition of their employees has been in their success.

I hope it inspires you!


 “You shouldn’t be looking for people slipping up, you should be
looking for all the good things people do and praising those.”
~ Richard Branson,
founder of Virgin

“Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone,
don’t keep it a secret.”

~ Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

“I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the
greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that in a
man is by appreciation and encouragement.”

~ Charles Schwab, founder of Charles Schwab Corporation

“Brains, like hearts, go where they are appreciated.”
~ Robert McNamara,
former president Ford Motor Company

“People leave when they don’t feel appreciated. That’s why we’ve
made recognition a really high value. Our business is people-capability
first; then you satisfy customers; then you make money.”
~ David Novak
, CEO of YUM! Brands

“Early in my career, one of the first business lessons I learned was
this: It’s impossible to win the hearts and minds of people unless
you clearly establish goals and values and reward people if they
act in a way that leads to the fulfillment of those objectives. It quickly
became clear to me that if you want to make sure your customers are
treated well, you have to make sure you treat your employees well
and recognize their efforts.”
~ F. Robert Salerno, CEO of Avis

“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them
as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive,
more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied
customers, which leads to profitability.”
Anne M. Mulcahy
, former CEO of Xerox

“Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing
else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere
words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.”
~ Sam Walton, Founder of Walmart

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.
The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.”
~ Max DePree, former CEO of Herman Miller

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