I found a document on my hard drive today that collected some of the best wisdom of Canadian entrepreneurs interviewed by PROFIT Magazine over the past few years.
Some of these individual have moved on since I first compiled these clips, so I won’t cite names with each quote. But I think you’ll find some gems in this list anyway.
"Without customer service, you've got nothing. To me, customer service means that when people call our toll-free number with a problem, you solve it - whatever it takes. Make sure they go home happy and tell 10 other people."
"You have to build relationships with companies at all different levels. If you don't have that team networking, one day you could end up dead."
"Effective negotiating is accomplished with the ears, not the mouth."
"Hold the pen." (i.e, control negotiations to ensure your points are heard)
"Good ideas don't come from the top all the time. They come from the guy that's making it work at the ground level."
"We're not controlled by the amount of people we have or the money we've got. We're controlled by opportunity."
"Technology is not a product problem, but a design problem. Buying technology can't solve a problem any more than buying two-by-fours will build a house."
"Bad news travels 10 times as fast as good news, so you want to make sure a customer is always promoting your good name."
"Marketing is wonderful because it's about listening to clients and being responsive to them and letting them know what you can do for them."
"Everyone's born an entrepreneur, but it's crushed out of them before adulthood. You're lucky to survive with your enthusiasm intact."