Warren Buffett

“I was terrified of speaking in public. I avoided any class that would require it. Then I finally signed up for a Dale Carnegie course when I got out of school. I spent 100 bucks. I got this little diploma. I proposed to my wife during the term of the course, so I really got my…

DONALD TRUMP

Spoofing Trump’s presidential candidacy is starting to feel like blood sport for the chattering classes. Yet we need to take a step back to understand why Donald Trump is universally described as an “American original” and whether there is more here than a florid, hard driving, self-promoter. To veteran Trump watchers, calling out Trump’s little known…

Michael Milken

Once I was meeting with a very brave man, President Gorbachev, when he asked “how do we get into venture capital?” So I told him that in early stage financing it’s quite possible 7 out of ten start up companies will fail. He asked me “do you put those 7 people who failed in jail?”…

GENERAL HUGH SHELTON CHAIRMAN JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF

When we went into Iraq King Abdullah of Jordan told me, “What you need in Iraq is an individual that has some of Saddam Hussein’s ability to manage these different religious and cultural factions but who is a good leader. Because if you don’t, they’ll go to war with each other.” –General Hugh Shelton In…

ASU’S MICHAEL CROW, CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER

“The number one premise a president of a university has to operate under is that everyone has an equal chance of success. If you articulate that someone does not have an equal chance due to gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic class, I call that the “arrogance of ignorance.” Now, an individual can fail but certainly never…

IBM’S SAM PALMISANO

“You have to lower the center of gravity by moving decisions to where the local intelligence resides. You have to trust the people that are really smart. You have to let them operate and hold them accountable to a set of values and standards that are beyond those required by regulators anywhere on the earth.” —…

WIKIPEDIA’S SUE GARDNER

“At Wikipedia, it was very common for wealthy or famous people to tell me that they were unhappy about their article. And I was very happy to tell them whether I thought the article was fair. But what was awesome was that I had no ability to make anybody change it.” –Sue Gardner

GOLDMAN SACHS CEO LLOYD BLANKFEIN

At the end of the day, we’re an institutional firm. We care what people know about us. Sometimes we’re met with cynicism. But instead of responding in kind, we’re going to fulfill our commitment and our obligation to the world to be good allocators of capital, to make sure we’re doing the right things, make…

Save the children CEO Carolyn Miles

“We were driving in Manila to our hotel from the airport, and at a stoplight a woman came to the window. She was among the local beggars and she was holding her baby who was about the same age as my six month old son. I thought about this little baby who would go through life having…