By Alan Murray and John Kell
June 16, 2017

Good morning, and welcome to Feedback Friday.

We received lots of response to last Friday’s post, which included some of the pithy pointers provided by CEOs to our Fortune 500 CEO survey question asking: “What’s the best management advice you ever received?”

I asked those who thought they had better bits of advice than that coming from the big dogs to send them my way. And they did, in spades. A sampling below:

From MN: “When in doubt, remember what you want in your retirement speech.” (Cisco CEO John Chambers proffered me a similar piece of advice.)

From AC: “Be Bold, and step out of your comfort zone.”

From TN: “In a boxing match, it is not over when you fall down. It is over when you don’t get up.”

From TS, but attributed to Richard Branson: “Train your people so they can get a job anywhere; treat them so they won’t want to leave.”

From GM: “Common sense and street smarts trump brains.”

From MD: “Control the controllable.”

From SS: “Go to lunch with someone every day—relationships are important.”

From PS: “If it’s a yes, it’s a yes. If it’s a maybe, it’s a no.”

From TT: “Pray without ceasing.”

More news below. I’ll be on vacation next week, and Geoffrey Smith will take over the top.

Alan Murray


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