Quick snacks of business wisdom to keep your spirits high


  • PETER MOORE – COO Electronic Arts

    ‘Everyone fails sometimes, but what counts is the way you handle it.’

  • JAMES BARTON The most influential person in the world of electronic dance music

    ‘You need to be punished before you get to enjoy the successes of life.’

  • GEORGE DAVIES – The King of the High Street

    ‘It’s those times when risk goes sour that you have to dig deepest, and you see what you’re really made of.’

  • Graham Morris – former CEO Rolls Royce and Bentley

    ‘None of us are Superman. We bleed, we cry, we suffer. We’re all human.’

  • Michael Oglesby, CBE – founder Bruntwood | philanthropist

    ‘Starting a business, though, is just that – a start. It’s sustaining it that matters.’

  • Sir Terry Leahy – former CEO Tesco

    ‘One of the problems in society is that we are all terrible judges of ourselves.’

  • Judy Halewood – Chairwoman Halewood Int.

    ‘You never know what is round the corner and you can’t always be safe, but these are the times that provide the best opportunities to learn something new.’

  • Steve Morgan – Founder Redrow | Philanthropist

    ‘The harder you work, the luckier you get.’

  • George Downing – Property Magnate

    ‘There’s nothing wrong with working hard to earn more money, it’s when it takes over from everything else that the problems start.’

  • Sir Michael Bibby – MD Bibby Line Group

    ‘It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you know everything but, in reality, nobody does. Nobody is that good!’

  • The Earl of Derby

    ‘Prior Preparation and Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.’

  • Ian Ayre – CEO Liverpool FC

    ‘Anyone who thinks they have nothing left to learn has failed.’

  • Prof Kevin Morley – Entrepreneur

    ‘Success does not come to people who work 9-to-5 and clock off on time’

  • Colin McKeown, MBE – Filmaker

    ‘Don’t just nibble away at life or your ambitions – go for it’

  • Asif Hamid – founder The Contact Company

    ‘Pretending you get something when you actually don’t will always have consequences in the end.’

  • Ian and Neil Briggs – founders BAC Mono

    ‘Nobody is lucky enough or good enough to get everything right the first time.’

  • Ian Meadows, OBE, DL, FJMU – RS Clare

    ‘People should get out of their comfort zone and live life. Make mistakes. Get some rough edges knocked off.’

  • Peter Johnson – founder Park Group Plc

    ‘Sometimes you simply have to accept that it’s not working, and rip the plaster off.’

  • Jenny Stewart – CEO Chamber of Commerce

    ‘It’s not the failure that matters, it’s what you take from it, and how you move on.’

  • Maggie O’Carroll – Social Entrepreneur

    ‘It’s all about giving yourself the best chance to be heard’

  • Mat Buckley – MD Pilkington

    ‘Opening yourself up to others is not a sign of weakness – recognising when you need some support is a sign of strength.’

  • Nick Earlam – founder Cotton Plexus

    ‘In business, it can’t be all about what you can take, it has to be about what you can give back’

  • Nicholas Wainwright – Chairman Boodles

    ‘It’s not a matter of being able to see the future, but it is a matter of having a vision and the determination to see it through.’

  • Peter Jackson – CEO Hill Dickinson

    ‘At the end of the day, every leader is different, and every situation is different.’

  • Phil Millward – Vauxhall

    ‘The thing about building relationships – you can’t just build them when you need them.’

  • RIchard Else – Jaguar Land Rover

    ‘It’s not just about telling them what to do, it’s about allowing them to decide what to do themselves.’

  • Robert Hough, CBE, DL – PEEL

    ‘You would be amazed how far you can travel if you try. You don’t know what you’re capable of until you stretch yourself to the limit.’