Quotes on the CEO

Most popular CEO quotes

Smart CEOs try to create visible victories within days of taking the job, to set the tone. It's all about the psychology.


The executive exists to make sensible exceptions to general rules.

business management

It is unfortunate we can't buy many business executives for what they are worth and sell them for what they think they are worth.


As CEO, I'd often tell my executives and board that every email should be written and every conversation conducted as though it will one day be leaked.


Chief executives, who themselves own few shares of their companies, have no more feeling for the average stockholder than they do for baboons in Africa.
The salary of the chief executive of a large corporation is not a market award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself.

value business

Unless what you love is managing people, handling crises, delegating, holding people responsible, recruiting, setting, then constantly amplifying and repeating the company's mission, vision, strategy, and values, being a startup CEO may not provide you with the work you love to do.


The one thing I have learned as a CEO is that leadership at various levels is vastly different. When I was leading a function or a business, there were certain demands and requirements to be a leader. As you move up the organization, the requirements for leading that organization don't grow vertically; they grow exponentially.

leadership management

Recruit technical leadership with a teaching orientation. The best way to ensure that your CTO is going to make you a better CEO is to hire a CTO who likes to teach. Make it clear that you're looking for someone to drive change and educate you and the team. Beware CTOs who try to "shield" you from the details. Being able to explain complex things simply is a job requirement.

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