Adopting the habits and behaviors of successful people can generate dramatic improvements in your business career. For example, take a page from Bob Bratt’s career. The Chief Operating Officer of U.S. Operations of international law firm DLA Piper, Bob Bratt already had a successful executive career with the Department of Justice, holding senior positions including Assistant Director of the Department Finance Staff, before coming to DLA Piper. Bob is noted for his innovation and organization skills.
Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon
Many consider Jeff to be the top CEO in America. By focusing on quality service and the bottom line, Jeff has helped generate a 30 percent annual return to shareholders. Jeff never wandered from his focus, even during Amazon’s early years, when the company consistently lost money. His persistence and commitment, two vital components of successful people, has paid off for him, Amazon’s customers and stockholders with huge returns.
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Marc R. Benioff, Co-Founder and CEO, Salesforce.com
Marc’s “secret” is to surround himself with highly talented people. His executive management team and board of directors at Salesforce.com is proof of his commitment to this philosophy. Along with co-founder, Parker Harris, and Keith Block, company president, Marc R. Benioff enjoys a talented board of directors, anchored by longtime leader of top toy company, Hasbro, Inc., Alan Hassenfeld, and Craig Conway, the wildly successful former CEO of PeopleSoft. The philosophy of “leaving your ego in a drawer” and associate with the most successful people available is a proven approach to becoming successful.
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Bob Sasser, CEO, Dollar Tree
With over 4,700 stores in the U.S. and Canada, Dollar Tree enjoys impressive success under Bob’s leadership. With consistent total returns on investment over 30 percent, Bob’s successes are even more impressive when you consider his stores sell all products for $1.00 or less. Successful business professionals, like Bob Sasser, see a need and fill it, while exhibiting an intimate attention to detail. When you think of success, think about Bob Sasser and Dollar Tree bottom lines.
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These few secrets of what Forbes Magazine calls the top three CEOs in the U.S. are secrets no longer. Adopt these techniques and behaviors to improve your business career.