Soundview Executive Book Summaries


Top Ten Quotes from Soundview’s Author Insight Series

If you’re not a subscriber to Soundview Executive Book Summaries, one great reason to consider signing up is Soundview’s Author Insight Series. This free monthly MP3 features a 10 to 15 minute interview with an author whose book is summarized in that month’s edition or an upcoming guest for Soundview Live.

For those who have yet to hear the Author Insight Series or are new arrivals to Soundview. Here are 10 very memorable quotes from some of the authors who’ve spoken to Soundview Senior Editor Andrew Clancy:

1. “Excellence requires levels of discomfort that many people just aren’t willing to endure.” – Patrick Lencioni, author of Getting Naked

2. “If you want to be committed to a higher sense of purpose, you also have to be committed to being very transparent.” – Jim Champy, author of Inspire!

3. “I think to increase employee satisfaction it’s really healthy to get people to look on the inside and challenge themselves and ask themselves, ‘How can I do these things for myself?’ not ‘When are you going to do these things for me?’” – Marshall Goldsmith, author of Mojo.

4. “The best way to make a product free is to invent a new product that doesn’t carry with it the baggage of the pricing expectation of the old product.” – Chris Anderson, author of Free: Future of a Radical Price.

5. “It [isn’t] a matter of looking for millions [of people], it [is] a matter of looking for the right number of thousands.” – Chris Brogan, co-author of Trust Agents.

6. “If people don’t have information, they often engage in commiseration.” – Ram Charan, author of Leading in the Era of Economic Uncertainty.

7. “What we find is that when accountability is predictable, people feel that they are being treated fairly.” – Roger Connors, co-author of How Did That Happen?

8. “For the sake of shareholder value and individual performance, we’ve just got to explode this cowardice that candor is something we run away from instead of something we run toward jealously.” – Keith Ferrazzi, author of Who’s Got Your Back?

9. “[Former Home Depot CEO Bob Nardelli’s] private elevator became a negative symbol and leaders need to be very attentive to how powerful those symbols are. They need to mitigate the power of those negative symbols in a meaningful way.” – Tim Irwin, Ph.D., author of Derailed.

10. “The problem with price as a repositioning strategy is that all of your competitors have pencils. Your competitors can mark down prices as fast as you mark down your own. That’s simply a drive to the bottom.” – Jack Trout, author of Repositioning.

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