Ian Telfer is one of the most successful businessman in Canada. A self admitted screw-up, he chairs Vancouver's Goldcorp, the largest publicly traded company in British Columbia, and the second largest gold mining company in the world (by market capitalization). He offered 12 lessons for people starting their careers, and for people in the middle part of their careers at a recent speech to the Vancouver Board of Trade.
Read the whole piece. My favorites?
"People are prepared to charge up a hill behind a competent leader, even if it's the wrong hill. Many of the times, the wrong hill is better than no hill at all."
"You're screwing up when you're not screwing up."
To which I would add "learn to fail, fast."