Heard at Kellogg
"Any certainty is better than uncertainty for your people. Take out the uncertainty in your organization as fast as you can, because even if you are wrong, you're usually only wrong a little bit and can fix it later."
— Kathryn Hayley '84, CEO of Aon Hewitt Consulting, Americas, on managing during a merger (May 16) Read more
"We try to be a neighborhood store. ... We gain a competitive advantage from the intimacy the owner/operator has with the customer."
— Joe DePinto '99, president and CEO of 7-Eleven, on expanding by partnering with existing stores (May 25) Read more
That's the positive power of social media — to create a community where people can come together for a cause. That kind of power can literally transform the world."
— Katrina McGhee, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, at the 2011 Kellogg Tech Conference (April 9) Read more
"You have to go as deep as you can to detect corruption and denounce it. You cannot wait for the media."
— former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe on leading change (April 18) Read more
"Green is the color of money."
— Hunter Lovins, president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions, on the economic opportunities created by the sustainability movement (April 27) Read more
"Without a crisp sense of purpose, an organization might survive, but it will never win."
— William Sanger '88, CEO of Emergency Medical Services Corporation, in a talk to Executive MBA students (April 22) Read more
"I believe people in every organization want purpose … and that people want to connect with something more than a paycheck."
— Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity, on the importance of meaning in the workplace (April 28) Read more
"You need to realize that you're not right a lot of the time."
— Art Mollenhauer, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, at a panel discussion on values-based leadership (May 5) Read more
"Be a winner. Losers let it happen. Winners make it happen."
— Leonard H. Lavin, founder, chairman emeritus and director of the Alberto-Culver Company, on striving for success (May 11)
"If you don't recruit the best people, you cannot have the best firm."
— Charles Ellis, author and founder of Greenwich Associates, on the business practices of "gold-standard firms" (April 27) Read more
"You need to have the ability to say, 'What I'm doing is not working and I'm going to shift course.'"
— Eric Lefkofsky, co-founder and chairman of Groupon, on being able to pivot in response to market needs (May 17) Read more