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28 Leadership Quotes From the Classy Advisory Board

28 Leadership Quotes From the Classy Advisory Board

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or in the early stages of your startup, advice from the experts is one of the best tools to learn from and help fuel your vision. A sound tip can stick with you and help shape the way you build your business.

That’s why we reached out to members of our very own Classy advisory board—from both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors—and asked them to share their insights on what builds great organizations. Check out these leadership quotes to see how they might apply to your organization.

On Transparency

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

Co-Founder and President of Kissmetrics and Crazy Egg

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“A transparent brand is one that l feel like I can trust to always do the right thing.”

Scot Chisholm

Scot Chisholm

CEO and Co-Founder of Classy.org

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“To me, a transparent organization educates each stakeholder on why and how goals are created and decisions are made, and how each individual can play his or her part in the process.”

Scott Harrison

Scott Harrison

CEO of charity: water

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“Trust – the key ingredient to a transparent brand.”

Pat Walsh

Pat Walsh

Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer of Classy.org

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“A transparent organization makes sure its stakeholders understand its goals, and its progress towards achieving them.”

Paul Martino

Paul Martino

Co-Founder and General Partner of Bullpen Capital

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“Organizational transparency means that every employee knows the key metrics for the success of the company. One caveat: full transparency can lead to A LOT of explaining—an unintended consequence I learned in my last CEO job.”

Editor’s Note: Set your own expectations as to how transparent you want to be with your employees and what that means for your time management. While it may seem time-consuming upfront, this information will empower your employees and motivate them to collectively drive your organization to success.


On Building Great Brands

Adam Garone

Adam Garone

Co-Founder and CEO of Movember

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“Great brands focus on integrity, authenticity, and disruption.”

Scot Chisholm

Scot Chisholm

CEO and Co-Founder of Classy.org

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“A great business strives to add meaningful value to the world, and it’s willing to share its successes and failures with all parties involved—the team, investors, advisors, and customers.”

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

Co-Founder and President of Kissmetrics and Crazy Egg

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“Consistency is how you build a great brand. People form their opinions about you based on what they observe you (and your brand) repeatedly do or don’t do.”



On Weighing Ideas

Scott Harrison

Scott Harrison

CEO of charity: water

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“Follow your instinct and intuition to make decisions.”

Scot Chisholm

Scot Chisholm

CEO and Co-Founder of Classy.org

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“Be decisive with the information that you have. If you’re stuck, focus on what’s in the best interest of your team or customers.”

Pat Walsh

Pat Walsh

Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer of Classy.org

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“When weighing a decision, first remove biases and analyze it from different perspectives. Then use your gut to make the final call.”



On Growing Your Organization

Suzanne DiBianca

Suzanne DiBianca

President of Salesforce Foundation

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“Start giving back early! Build this into your company from day one. In the long run, you’ll drive huge impact in your community and create a great company—one that attracts and retains amazing talent.”

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

Co-Founder and President of Kissmetrics and Crazy Egg

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“Things are constantly changing so don’t get hung up on the current state of things. Instead focus on how to make things better each day. Continuous improvement leads to growth.”

Paul Martino

Paul Martino

Co-Founder and General Partner of Bullpen Capital

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“When something is working, stick to the tried and true practices. But when it is not working or you are just starting, experimentation is your only option.”

Scott Harrison

Scott Harrison

CEO of charity: water

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“Get clear about your values. Write them down. Talk about them a lot. Use them extensively while hiring and recruiting.”

Adam Garone

Adam Garone

Co-Founder and CEO of Movember

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“Focus. What you say no to defines you more than what you say yes to.”

Pat Walsh

Pat Walsh

Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer of Classy.org

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“Experimentation is an inherent component of continual improvement.”



On Long-Term Planning

Scott Harrison

Scott Harrison

CEO of charity: water

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Set goals for no more than three years, but stay flexible. The world is changing so quickly.”

Adam Garone

Adam Garone

Co-Founder and CEO of Movember

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“For Movember, given our focus on the intersect between our brand, technology, cause, and community, it’s not realistic to plan beyond three years.”

Pat Walsh

Pat Walsh

Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer of Classy.org

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“The timeframe of your goals should be proportionate to the type of work that you do. It also depends on what your goals are. Planning three years out is manageable and forces you to think long-term, while also giving you the flexibility to adapt and adjust.”



Miscellaneous

Number one tool to manage time and productivity

Scot Chisholm

Scot Chisholm

CEO and Co-Founder of Classy.org

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“Don’t just use your calendar for meetings. Take control of it by scheduling time for things you know you must get done during the week.”

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

Co-Founder and President of Kissmetrics and Crazy Egg

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“My #1 productivity tool enables me to easily take and organize notes on my phone. I’m using Vesper throughout the day. It’s a note taking iPhone app that John Gruber of Daring Fireball helped create.”

Scott Harrison

Scott Harrison

CEO of charity: water

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“The Clear App for iPhone / Mac”

Adam Garone

Adam Garone

Co-Founder and CEO of Movember

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“Movember field journal and pen. Old school!”

Paul Martino

Paul Martino

Co-Founder and General Partner of Bullpen Capital

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“Microsoft Notepad—yes, that same one from 1990. Here’s why: if I can’t keep all of my top priorities on exactly one screenful, then I am doing too many things. A great self-limiting device!”

Most used app on your phone

Scott Harrison

Scott Harrison

CEO of charity: water

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“1Password”

Paul Martino

Paul Martino

Co-Founder and General Partner of Bullpen Capital

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“SendHub—gives me a second phone number for my business on my personal phone.”

Scot Chisholm

Scot Chisholm

CEO and Co-Founder of Classy.org

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“iBooks…Always be learning!”

What has worked and made a difference in your organization? Let us know in the comments below!


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