Regardless of how much you love your job, staying motivated and focused 100% of the time can be difficult. It’s for this very reason that employers all over the world are continuously adopting new strategies in order to create an enthusiastic and productive working environment.
Whilst there are a number of ways to encourage yourself to carry on striving to achieve new things, simply having someone to aspire to, can be a highly effective tool. In today’s technologically advanced world, there are many highly successful business leaders who have worked their way up from next to nothing which in itself is a great motivational tool for encouraging hard work and dedication.
Below are some of the most influential people in today’s business world and what led them to enjoy such massive success.
Jeff Bezos – Amazon:
Having innovated the concept of predictive analytics, Jeff has been an integral part of Amazon’s online success. Revolutionising the concept of recommending products to customers based on search history and buying habits has not only made online commerce more profitable and efficient, it has also made online shopping a better experience for consumers all around the world.
Howard Schultz – Starbucks:
For someone who came from a poor family living in the Bronx, head of Starbucks, Howard Schultz is the ultimate example of how far courage and hard work can take you. Commendably, Howard shows a keen interest in other people’s success as well and continues to actively invest in additional business ventures such as eBay.
Indra Nooyi – PepsiCo:
Having led her company to achieve record financial results, it comes as no surprise to hear that Indra Nooyi has made it onto Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list. As a caring and committed Senior Executive, Indra has taken big steps to shed the traditional fast food properties typically associated with the brand and has replaced them with initiatives to supply healthier foods in a bid to move PepsiCo in a healthier direction.
Sir Richard Branson – Virgin Group:
With more than 400 companies under his belt and an estimated worth of $4.2 billion, it’s fair to say that Richard Branson knows a thing or two about business. Despite being renowned for his tenacity, the highly successful business man is also famous for being bold when it comes to approaching projects, having a keen eye for great customer service, respecting every single person he works with and having a positive, emotional connection with everything he does.
Hilary Devey – Chairman and CEO Pall-Ex:
Although a highly successful business woman now, Hilary Devey has led a difficult life. She experienced bankruptcy as a child after her father’s business went down, has been divorced twice, suffered a stroke in 2009 and has publically spoken about the fact that her son is a former heroin and crack addict. Despite this, her company Pall-Ex achieves annual revenues of £75 million and has won numerous awards including Vitalise Woman of the Year Award and the Sir Robert Lawrence Award for Lifetime Achievement.
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