“Humans are fundamentally pack animals. It hasn’t changed for thousands of years.” – Leslie Wexner, CEO of Victoria’s Secret, explaining why he still believes in shopping malls, in The Wall Street Journal.
“We know data can’t dream. That’s where designers come in. The job of the designer tomorrow is to take that head-start, take that information and then imbue on top of that their intellect, their imagination, their heart and their hand.” ~ John Hoke, the chief design officer of Nike, in The New York Times.
“Look at the dairy category: 14 percent of it now is plant-based, like soy or almong or rice milk. I believe the same could be true for meat. If we get to that meat [department] I believe there’s potential for at least 14 percent of this category to become plant-based.” – Seth Goldman, executive chairman, Beyond Meat, in brandchannel.
“The consumer needs to love all of the company … The world has changed. You can’t just have a great product. You also need to be a great company.” ~ Ariana Huffington, speaking at Fortune and TIME’s CEO Initiative, quoted by Axios.
“At Amazon, we have a lot of experience with failure. We have failed many times — some very public, colossal ones, some private. But we are failing and we will continue to fail. Many times we will fail going forward, I’m confident of that.” ~ Paul Misener, vice president for global innovation policy and communications, Amazon.
Quartz: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg “explains his theory to LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman as it pertains to Facebook’s former value statement, Move fast and break things:
“So the value is actually ‘move fast.’ And my whole theory on values is that a lot of organizations have values which don’t mean very much—because they’re just table stakes, things like ‘Be honest.’ Of course you’re going to be honest! That’s not an option—you’re not giving anything up to be honest, that’s an automatic. That shouldn’t be a defining principle of the company, that should be a principle of every company. So ‘move fast’ I think is interesting because you actually have to be willing to give something up to get it. And the question is, what are you willing to give up?”
“I’ve been in retail since I was a kid, and I’m always nervous. Costcos were opening, then Walmarts, then Whole Foods. But at the end of the day, you just have to try and get the freshest corn out there on the sidewalk.” ~ Stew Leonard, Jr. CEO of Stew Leonards, in The New York Times.
“The way I think about advertising is it’s in secular decline and I need to think about products and services much more than I need to think about communication.” ~ Rishad Tobaccowala, chief growth officer for the Publicis Groupe, in The New York Times.