Life Lessons: Kevin Roberts
- When given a command, take charge and do what’s right. General Norman Schwarzkopf told me that.
- Fail fast, learn fast, think fast. Velocity gives great competitive advantage.
- Start with the solution and work backward. You cannot incrementalize your way to salvation.
Kevin Roberts, Executive chairman, Saatchi & Saatchi
Credit: Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Photo Credit: Design&Emotion
Life Lessons: Russell Simmons
- It’s fun if you say it is.
- You can’t fail till you quit.
- Block out 20 minutes every morning for meditation.
Russell Simmons, Producer and entrepreneur
Credit: Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Photo Credit: RollingOut
Life Lessons: Scott Heiferman
- Find your conspirators, the folks who share a passion with you.
- The biggest problem is that the smartest people aren’t working on the biggest problems. Don’t sell sugar water.
- It’s easy to go through life thinking you’re winning the game, but ask yourself, What game are you winning?
Scott Heiferman, Co-founder and chief executive officer, Meetup
Credit: Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Photo Credit: CorridorBusiness
Life Lessons: Gary Kelly
- No person can overcome a lousy team.
- Great leaders do their best work in the worst times.
- Have fun.
Gary Kelly, Chairman, president, and chief executive officer, Southwest Airlines
Credit: Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Photo Credit: AP
Life Lessons: Freda Lewis-Hall
- People do not change when they see the light. They change when they feel the heat.
- Don’t ask, ‘What should I do next?’ Ask, ‘What do I want to do last?’
- If something seems out of reach, move closer.
Freda Lewis-Hall, Chief medical officer and executive vice president, Pfizer
Credit: Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Photo Credit: LifeScienceLeader