By Lucinda Watson
Pearls of knowledge from How They Achieved"Pride comes from understanding what you need to do and making an attempt your most sensible. you'll no longer constantly get there, yet you can be happy with the event of attempting your top. And for those who fairly, particularly attempt to benefit from the strategy, 9 instances out of ten you'll get there."--John Chen, President and CEO, Sybase"Be the main passionate man within the room. now not the neatest, now not the cleverest, however the so much passionate. Care greater than anyone. you can be the fellow that wins."--Ted Bell, vp and all over the world inventive Director, younger & Rubicam"People who're fortunate sufficient to be able to pick out their profession should still ask themselves, 'What pursuits me? What makes me quite excited?' Then they need to get going and not take no for an answer."--Susie Tompkins Buell, founder and previous proprietor, Esprit Clothing"People often plan their vacation trips extra rigorously than they plan their careers. i am a compulsive planner, yet there have been occasions while I had no proposal what i used to be doing."--Bob Cohn, CEO, Octel and Lucent Technologies"A lot of it truly is timing, yet loads of it's a wish to work flat out and to give a contribution, not to be a person sitting at the sidelines and commenting, yet to be a person enjoying a component in what is occurring. it is also having the braveness to toss your principles out although 8 out of ten of them might be shot down."--Jane Cahill Pfieffer, President, NBC, and previous vice chairman, IBM
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By the eighties or nineties it became a financial powerhouse and the second largest commodities trading center in the world. This transformation is the result of everyone’s hard work. This perspective sharpens my view of the long term. If you just focus on your goal and work hard, you will progress and learn to enjoy the process. That’s what keeps me going. As I grew up, we had to work for everything, whether it was food on the table or an education. Looking back, it was probably the best thing that ever happened to me because it instilled certain values.
I would formulate what I wanted to say in my mind in Chinese and then translate it. By the time I got the translation in my head, it was too late. People thought I had nothing to say and would move on. I learned to overcome that and the fear of looking foolish and stupid if I said the wrong words. ” and then laugh and say, “Oh, you meant . . ” Sometimes it was very funny, especially my pronunciations. Then I worked on the content and structure. I still have an accent, but I no longer let it bother me.
When a stranger asked him rather aggressively to change his seat, I was impressed by the grace John showed when handling the situation. He is a man who responds with grace and composure to the bad behavior of others. I interviewed John at Sybase headquarters in Emeryville, California. The modern building with its shiny black exterior is stunning and eyecatching. qxd 1/31/01 2:07 PM Page 18 CEOS space and a sense of calmness. I learned that John is very interested in feng shui and hired an expert to rearrange the space.