Do you have a favorite quote or bit of business wisdom?

Aha!

The best boss I ever worked for told me, “She with a plan wins.” I reiterate this statement to the team quite often — it reinforces how important it is to always begin by asking, “Why?”

That statement is the essence of Aha! — we want our software to help businesses define where they are going by starting with strategy. That is how lovable products are born.

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AirTreks

Who maintains the initiative forces others to react.

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AnswerFirst

I like to tell our new employees that every call is an opportunity to change someone’s day/week/life in a small way just by being a warm and friendly voice on the other end of the phone.

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Appen

“Seek first to understand before being understood.” – Steven Covey

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Authentic Form & Function

I’ve always loved the work hard / play hard motto, and I think it fits nicely in the remote work environment. The harder I work, the more value I bring to the team, and the more flexibility I can create for myself outside of the office. Similarly, if I’m always slacking, the team will always wonder where I am or what I’m up to.

If I’m going above and beyond in all facets of my role on the team, everyone becomes aware of what I’m doing to move the company forward. In remote business, trust is earned and not handed out: for me just the same as a new hire.

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Balsamiq

Our motto is “life’s too short for bad software!”

When it comes to challenging times, I often say “if it was easy, someone else would be doing it”.

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Bitovi

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

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Blossom

“Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Le Petit Prince (The little prince) by Antoine de Saint Exupéry

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Boldly

I love this quote by Maya Angelou “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” and try to apply it in all of my interactions by making sure I am mindful of how I make people feel.

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Canonical

When you really listen to another person from their point of view, and reflect back to them that understanding, it’s like giving them emotional oxygen. Steven Covey

Live your dreams, don’t dream your life.

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CloudPeeps

Trust that everything in your career will work out the way it should, and that you can’t stuff it up if it’s meant to be. All roads will lead you where you need to go, it might not be exactly how you imagined it. Quieten your ego and focus on creating and producing – when in doubt, ship it! Don’t be afraid of the worst case scenario and be prepared to lose everything in order to follow your true calling.

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Collage.com

I have two mottos, both from my grandmother:

  1. If it is to be, it is up to me
  2. It’s not what you get but what you give that measures the worth of the life you live

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DataStax

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”

I think that sums up the startup life!

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DevriX

“We focus on two things when hiring. First, we find the best people you can in the world. And second, let them do their work. Just get out of their way.”

Matt Mullenweg

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Edgar

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” (Earl Nightingale)

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Eyeo GmbH

Hire for attitude, train for skills. And never be too inflexible in role descriptions. Felix: Software is not hard, people are hard.

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GitLab

“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

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Go Fish Digital

I’m obsessive about all things productivity and efficiency.  I believe working smarter and more efficiently is a better use of my time, and it leads back to my desire for a good work/life balance. I’m into a lot of the time management approaches for productivity and lifehacks.  A favorite guiding quote along these lines is, “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”  – Bruce Lee

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Goodway Group

No excuses, just results.

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Groove

You don’t get what you don’t ask for. It’s probably the most valuable lesson most first-time entrepreneurs learn.

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Help Scout

“The most important knowledge is that which guides the way you lead your life.” — Seneca

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Hubstaff

I value efficiency above all and will not work with any company that wastes my time.

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Inpsyde GmbH

“Fear is a bad advisor” and “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job……wait until you hire an amateur.”

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Inspired HR

“Find something you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life”

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Intridea/ Mobomo

“If it’s not a little scary, it’s not worth doing!”

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InVisionApp

As a remote designer it’s really important to constantly share your work with your team or stakeholders. If you keep your ideas to yourself for too long before sharing, then you become attached to that particular solution. Sharing early makes iterating easier, and it ultimately leads to a better end result.

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iTutorGroup

If your plans involve more than two “ifs,” it is not happening.

Jungle Scout

Just to get going! I used to have all these excuses of why I could not start and now I know if I can do it, you can too!

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Knobs.co

Learn, Grow, Teach

LiquidSpace

“A .300 hitter, that rarest of breeds these days, goes through life with the certainty that he will fail at his job seven out of ten times.” —Ted Williams

I understand that everything I try to accomplish won’t work. I understand that only a small percentage of initiatives will be “home run initiatives.” And I also understand that the more swings I take, the better my chances are of hitting one out of the park, so to speak. In a fast-moving company like LiquidSpace, knowing that most things won’t work gives me the confidence to swing for the fences.

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Mavens

“Why do race cars have brakes? To help them go faster.” (Slowing down and taking a moment to assess the situation can often help you go a lot faster in the long run, but you shouldn’t stop dead.)

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Melewi

We’re all in this together – this is our team mentality.

There’s no best, only better – this is how we always improve.

If it doesn’t work for the business, it doesn’t work – this is our personal philosophy with every project and client.

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Modern Tribe

“Your income is in direct proportion to the value of the problems you solve. Want to make more? Solve bigger problems.” – I forget who said it, but it blew me away when I heard it.

“I can determine the outcome of your life by looking at your daily habits” – John Maxwell

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Mokriya

“D.R.E.A.M. – Data Rules Everything Around Me”. I first heard this from the CMO of Zenefits at a growth conference in 2015 and it is the data-driven mindset I apply to all growth marketing initiatives.

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OnTheGo Systems

“If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

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Packlane

I think the concept of “hito-kane-mono” from Kenichi Ohmae has been particularly valuable business wisdom. It’s a Japanese phrase for “people, money, and things”: the notion that these three resources should be in balance for optimal management and performance.

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Parse.ly

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton

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Plex

A friend in human resources once told me that she measures the health of an organization by how helpful its people are. I’ve still not found a better measure for either office or remote environments. If you really focus on hiring kind and helpful people, I guarantee that communication won’t be a problem — even if your tools and processes aren’t perfect — and you’ll have a very healthy organization.

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Project Ricochet

I live and die by the 80/20 rule. Whenever an 80% solution is good enough, I take it and do what I can with it, knowing that I got it in 20% of the time, energy, and money that the 100% solution would have taken.

The challenge has been identifying (and helping my team identify) what the 80% solution looks like, especially when I personally really, really want the 100% solution.

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Remote Year

Whenever possible, make a decision one time and stick with that decision so you do not have to keep making that decision each time the opportunity presents itself.

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RunRepeat

A few things are underestimated in life, one of them is thinking long-term. Too many have short-term gains in mind. Thinking long-term is a lot more fun as well. Here’s a good video interview with Jeff Bezos about thinking long-term.

SitePen

Development is always prone to pitfalls and hiccups, and as consultants we often operate on deadlines.  When kicking off a new project, my advice to my team is:  Stuff happens.  Bigger stuff will happen if you tell me at the last minute.  

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Sococo

It’s about the journey, not the destination.  

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Speak

I don’t have a quote but I think it’s important to always keep providing value. Everything our app does is simply to try and make other people’s lives easier. Do introductions, favors, meet people and be genuinely interested in them – It all comes back around in the end!

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Stack Overflow

Our guiding management philosophy is: “Hire smart people and get out of their way.” I am also partial to a quote one of our developers says, which is “Failure is always an option.”

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StudySoup

“Play like you have zero lives left”

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Sutherland Global Services

I heard this on a conference call a few years ago and thought it was brilliant.  If it takes less than 10 minutes to complete, do it immediately!

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TeamGantt

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. – Colossians 3:23

 

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TeamSnap

“If you’re not ‘Hell yeah’ about something you should say no to it.”

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Teleport

People are usually hired for their professional skills, but fired for failures around culture and values. Hence always make sure you get the latter sorted first.

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TNTP

If you see something, say something. One of the most important things you can do as a manager, especially in a virtual environment, is to offer honest, direct feedback. If you notice a problem, raise it. If you have a question, ask it. There’s no better way to keep the work moving and your people growing.

I also believe in having the most important management conversations face-to-face. I have flown to a staff member’s city for an important performance evaluation or major work milestone to send a clear message about the importance of a conversation.

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Toptal

“If you’re going to go fast enough to succeed, you’re going to make mistakes. How you deal with those mistakes…that’s the key.” – Dan Levin, COO at Box

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Tortuga

I’m always quoting people, even when I only half remember the quote itself. Mostly, I have some mantras that I come back to. Perhaps the most important is “Play the long-game.” For me, that means do what’s best in the long-term, not just for today.

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Trade Conductor

“I know how people work best. Give them their freedom.” – Soulaima Gourani

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Universal Mind, Inc.

A phrase that comes up a lot at Universal Mind is “don’t take yourself too seriously.”

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Ushahidi

Structure without bureaucracy is essential.

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VIPKID

“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes—then learn how to do it later!” – Richard Branson

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Vork Inc

My leadership tips to myself: Focus on the end goal. Leaders lead. Be honest. Handy way to make decisions in a complex world.

WAKA Kickball & Social Sports

We like to say here that working from home is 95% awesome! (There are definite downsides!)

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WooThemes

Remember that:

  • Losing is part of winning.
  • The more you play, the better you get.
  • The better you get, the better your team gets.
  • The better your team gets, the more you enjoy the game.
  • The more you enjoy the game, the better your chances of improving your score.

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Wordfence

“The journey is the destination.” (My dad wrote that on the inside cover of a book by management consultant Gary Hamel which he gifted to me back in the 90’s)

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Working Solutions

Failure is not being wrong or making a mistake…it’s not doing what you set out to do.

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