"From Success, we gain satisfaction and confidence. From Failure, we gain wisdom and humility. May we all make enough mistakes to live a balanced life."
Irene Chang Britt, President of Pepperidge Farm
"If someone, looking to start a business, does not have a plan and does not seek out the advice of those who have a lot more experience, that business is almost certainly dead even before it starts."
Joe Atkins - Chairman and CEO, Bowers and Wilkins
"When expanding to a new market, you need to properly assess the amount of time, focus and management resources required. Otherwise, you will fail in that expansion and take valuable attention away from your core competence."
Larry Rosen - Chairman and CEO, Harry Rosen
"Most ideas fail because of poor execution. The founding team is either late to market or unable to quickly adjust the product to meet the market opportunity. Said another way, 10% of any given company's success is the original idea. 90% is execution."
Jonathan Ehrlich - former head of marketing, Facebook
"Businesses can easily fail if they do not pay attention to customers. The lesson that you need to learn is that look at what your customers want, and also what they do not want."
Bill Johnson - former Chairman and CEO, McDonald's Restaurants Canada Ltd.
"Aeroplan is facing a unique challenge in trying to change the perception of the program from being all about free travel to unique access to a premium coalition of services. We have the right members and we can get the right service providers. We just need to build a bridge between these two groups."
Kevin O'Brien - Chief Commercial Officer, Aeroplan