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07/11/2013 09:35 am ET Updated Sep 09, 2013

100 Tweetable Business Culture Quotes From Brilliant Executives

My co-author Brad Martin and I recently published a book titled "The Pursuit of Social Business Excellence," where we talked about our incredible company growth, being named one of the top places to work in Boston, and business transformation success based on six critical success factors: culture, people, strategy, process, structure, and technology. Culture is listed first because we both strongly believe that it is the foundation which the other success factors depend on.

Our company's culture is shaped by our ability to listen from the outside, in. We have listed 100 tweetable quotes from current business and management thought leaders, aimed at improving business culture. Most of these brilliant and successful leaders are active on Twitter. We sincerely hope that you learn and benefit from their incredible shared wisdom.

  1. The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity. - @tom_peters
  2. Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. ― @BillGates
  3. Respect is how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress. - @richardbranson
  4. Philanthropy isn't just about big gifts; it's about participation. It's about the grace that comes from working together. @benioff
  5. Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first.- @simonsinek
  6. You can't delegate growth or customer satisfaction. - @JeffImmelt
  7. I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you're going to innovate. - Jeff Bezos
  8. It's about getting the best people, retaining them, nurturing a creative environment & helping to find a way to innovate. @marissamayer
  9. Your brand is your culture. - Tony Hsieh @zappos
  10. Purpose must be deliberately conceived and chosen, and then pursued. -@claychristensen
  11. Each and every one of us is a leader. Some of us just don't know it yet. - @umairh
  12. Success is never accidental. - @jack
  13. The time you spend with your best is, quite simply, your most productive time. - @mwbuckingham
  14. The day you are not solving problems or are not up to your butt in problems is probably a day you are no longer leading. - Colin Powell
  15. If you don't understand people, you don't understand business. - @SimonSinek
  16. You absolutely must have the discipline not to hire until you find the right people. - Jim Collins
  17. The trick to balance is to not make sacrificing important things become the norm. - @simonsinek
  18. A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts. - @richardbranson
  19. As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. - @BillGates
  20. Life is a helluva lot more fun if you say yes rather than no. - @richardbranson
  21. To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings. - @RosabethKanter
  22. We strive always to have a beginner's mind. - @benioff
  23. Power is the ability to get things done. - @RosabethKanter
  24. When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for everyone telling you you're nuts. - @LarryEllison
  25. It is crucial to recognize, reward, and celebrate accomplishments. - @RosabethKanter
  26. The best strategy is a balance between having a deliberate one, and a flexible, or emergent strategy. - @claychristensen
  27. Every moment wasted looking back, keeps us from moving forward. - @HillaryClinton
  28. Talent is the multiplier. The more energy and attention you invest in it, the greater the yield. - @mwbuckingham
  29. The drive for progress doesn't wait for the external world to say "It's time to change." - Jim Collins
  30. We believe that customer service shouldn't be just a department; it should be the entire company. - Tony Hsieh @zappos
  31. In this world and the world of tomorrow, we must go forward together or not at all. -- @HillaryClinton
  32. Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror. - Colin Powell
  33. Let go of certainty. The opposite isn't uncertainty. It's openness, curiosity & willingness to embrace paradox. - @tonyschwartz
  34. Great companies foster a productive tension between continuity and change. - Jim Collins
  35. Everyone has an idea but it's really about executing the idea and attracting other people to help you work on the idea. - @jack
  36. The path to success is to take massive, determined action. - @tonyrobbins
  37. An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage. - @jack_welch
  38. There needs to be conviction and action behind rules. - @claychristensen
  39. Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. - Lou Holtz
  40. The job is not the work. - Seth Godin @thisissethsblog
  41. Change almost never fails because it's too early. It almost always fails because it's too late. - Seth Godin @thisissethsblog
  42. The difference between a pebble and a mountain lies in whom you ask to move it. - @mwbuckingham
  43. Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be. - @jack_welch
  44. You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over. - @richardbranson
  45. If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near. - @jack_welch
  46. When you become a leader success is all about growing others. - @jack_welch
  47. Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another. - Seth Godin @thisissethsblog
  48. It is your decisions, and not your conditions, that determine your destiny. - @tonyrobbins
  49. You can never rise higher than your expectations of yourself. Expect the best! - @briantracy
  50. Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose. - @BillGates
  51. The more you teach positive ideas to others, the better you learn them yourself - @briantracy
  52. Obsess over customers. - Jeff Bezos
  53. Our culture is friendly and intense, but if push comes to shove we'll settle for intense. - Jeff Bezos
  54. Know your business and industry better than anyone else in the world. Love what you do or don't do it. - @mcuban
  55. Treat your customers like they own you. Because they do. - @mcuban
  56. More people will like you if you believe that people are good until proven bad. - @GuyKawasaki
  57. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow. - @tonyschwartz
  58. A penguin cannot become a giraffe, so just be the best penguin you can be. - @garyvee
  59. There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity. - @tom_peters
  60. Expect the unexpected. And whenever possible, be the unexpected. - @jack
  61. Decide what you want, and then act as if it were impossible to fail - @briantracy
  62. Celebrate what you want to see more of. - @tom_peters
  63. Those who lead by example and demonstrate passion for what they do make it much easier for their followers to do the same. - @coachgoldsmith
  64. The best knowledge workers are working for more than money. - @coachgoldsmith
  65. It's always good to be underestimated. - @realDonaldTrump
  66. Simple and to the point is always the best way to get your point across. - @GuyKawsaki
  67. If we really want to be effective with communication, we have to humanize our brands. -@amyjomartin
  68. Pursuing your passions makes you more interesting, and interesting people are enchanting. - @GuyKawasaki
  69. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. - Colin Powell
  70. Legacy is greater than currency. - @garyvee
  71. Small groups of people can have a really huge impact - Larry Page
  72. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you'll drift in that direction. - @WarrenBuffett
  73. Everyone has an idea. But it's really about executing the idea & attracting other people to help you work on the idea. - @jack
  74. Time is priceless. Spend it with people you have high value and energy exchange rates with. - @amyjomartin
  75. Onlyness is that thing that only one particular person can bring to a situation. - @nilofer
  76. We should be focusing on building the things that don't exist. - Larry Page
  77. Money motivates neither the best people nor the best in people. Purpose does. - @nilofer
  78. Differences can be a strength. - @condoleezzarice
  79. Confidence + Competence + Character = Success - @CFCrowell
  80. Failures are great learning tools -- but they must be kept to a minimum. - @JeffImmelt
  81. Leaders inspire us because they bring out the best in us. - @umairh
  82. Since fear is mostly about ignorance, the best part is that it's as temporary as you choose. - @comaford
  83. Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. - @warrenbuffett
  84. When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually ends up in a really good place - Mark Zuckerberg @finkd
  85. As a leader, you have to be authentic and constantly connecting with employees - @JeffImmelt
  86. When it comes to success in business, an MBA degree is optional. But a GSD, which is only earned by Getting Stuff Done, is required. - @comaford
  87. It's the sustained ability to change that really counts. - @JeffImmelt
  88. Change before you have to. - @jack_welch
  89. It's through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we've always mapped our path - @MichaelDell
  90. Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.― @tonyrobbins
  91. What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate. - @realDonaldTrump
  92. As long as you are going to be thinking anyway, think big - @realDonaldTrump
  93. Too many rules will stifle innovation. - Sergey Brinn
  94. Make sure everybody in the company has great opportunities, has a meaningful impact and are contributing to the good of society - Larry Page
  95. In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. - Mark Zuckerberg @finkd
  96. If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade. - @tom_peters
  97. A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought. - @WarrenBuffett
  98. Speed, distraction, and instant gratification are the enemies of nearly everything that matters most in our lives. - @tonyschwartz
  99. You beat burnout by knowing what it is you're giving up that makes you resentful.- @marissamayer
  100. Attention is a precious commodity. - @briansolis