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A Quote by Lloyd Williams on lies, deception, business, and politics

Lie to one person and you're a crook.
Lie to many people and you're an entrepeneur.
Lie to everyone and you're a politician.

Lloyd Williams

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A Quote by Yvon Chouinard on conscious business, business, conscious capitalism, risk, environment, and sustainability

I had always tried to live my life fairly simply and by 1991, knowing what I knew about the state of the environment, I had begun to eat lower on the food chain and reduce my consumption of material goods. Doing risk sports had taught me another important lesson: never exceed your limits. You push the envelope and you live for those moments when you’re right on the edge, but you don’t go over. You have to be true to yourself; you have to know your strengths and limitations and live within your means. The same is true for a business. The sooner a company tries to be what it is not, the sooner it tries to “have it all,” the sooner it will die.

Yvon Chouinard

Source: Patagonia: Let My People Go Surfing: http://www.patagonia.com/usa/patagonia.go?assetid=5625

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Yvon Chouinard on business, values, conscious capitalism, conscious business, patagonia, environment, and sustainability

I took a dozen of our top managers to Argentina, to the windswept mountains of the real Patagonia, for a walkabout. In the course of roaming around those wild lands, we asked ourselves why we were in business and what kind of business we wanted Patagonia to be. A billion-dollar company? Okay, but not if it meant we had to make products we couldn’t be proud of. And we discussed what we could do to help stem the environmental harm we caused as a company. We talked about the values we had in common, and the shared culture that had brought everyone to Patagonia, Inc., and not another company.

Yvon Chouinard

Source: Patagonia: Let My People Go Surfing: http://www.patagonia.com/usa/patagonia.go?assetid=5625

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A Quote by Yvon Chouinard on business, conscious business, conscious capitalism, ethics, values, and philosophy

While our managers debated what steps to take to address the sales and cash-flow crisis, I began to lead week-long employee seminars in what we called Philosophies. We’d take a busload at a time to places like Yosemite or the Marin Headlands above San Francisco, camp out, and gather under the trees to talk. The goal was to teach every employee in the company our business and environmental ethics and values.

Yvon Chouinard

Source: Patagonia: Let My People Go Surfing: http://www.patagonia.com/usa/patagonia.go?assetid=5625

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on innovation, business, and management

If you are crunching numbers, you are probably gathering information from existing customers. This will give you insight into their buying habits, usability behaviors, and other patterns. But most likely you are only gathering data on YOUR customers.  This represents the middle of the bell curve or the norm. This information may be useful in “incremental” improvement, but it will rarely lead to significant innovations.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: What Innovators Can Learn from Vegas Card Counters: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/03/21/how-innovators-can-learn-from-vegas-card-counters/

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Jeff Jacobs on oprah, finance, and business

One of the reasons Oprah is so financially successful is that we understand it's not just how much you make but how much you keep.

Jeff Jacobs

Source: The Business of Being Oprah: http://www.mutualofamerica.com/articles/Fortune/2002_04_08/Oprah1.asp

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Bill Gates on workforce, education, students, science, technology, career, and business

Like many others, I have deep misgivings about the state of education in the United States. Too many of our students fail to graduate from high school with the basic skills they will need to succeed in the 21st Century economy, much less prepared for the rigors of college and career. Although our top universities continue to rank among the best in the world, too few American students are pursuing degrees in science and technology. Compounding this problem is our failure to provide sufficient training for those already in the workforce.

Bill Gates

Source: Written testimony of Bill Gates before Committee on Science and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives: http://www.sciencedebate2008.com/www/index.php?id=27

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A Quote by Oprah Winfrey on business, authenticity, branding, and identity

If I lost control of the business I'd lose myself--or at least the ability to be myself. Owning myself is a way to be myself.

Oprah Winfrey (1954 -)

Source: The Business of Being Oprah: http://www.mutualofamerica.com/articles/Fortune/2002_04_08/Oprah1.asp

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A Quote by Steve Case on national geographic, nonprofit, sustainable, and business

Today, National Geographic has a membership side with a magazine and some television side, and they generate about a billion dollars in revenue, and they're profitable. And so at the end of the year they have some bottom line profit which they can then reinvest, because they're running it as a not-for-profit in charitable endeavors. But... The real magic in National Geographic isn't how much money they have left at the end of the year. It's the fact that through their overall focus they are reaching hundreds of millions of people and educating people about the world. It just happens to be done in a business-oriented kind of way that is more sustainable.

Steve Case

Source: Academy of Achievement: Steve Case Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/cas1int-1

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A Quote by Steve Case on social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship, conscious business, business, and entrepreneurs

You can be entrepreneurial even if you don't want to be in business. You can be a social entrepreneur focused on the not-for-profit sector. You can be an agriculture entrepreneur if you want to change how people think about farming. You can be a policy entrepreneur if you want to go into government. The idea of an entrepreneur is really thinking out of the box and taking risks and stepping up to major challenges. Trying to instill that sense of entrepreneurship in areas other than business is one of the areas I want to focus on in the years ahead.

Steve Case

Source: Academy of Achievement: Steve Case Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/cas1int-1

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