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Lynn Good Quotes

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Lynn Good quotes: President and CEO of Duke Energy, salary of nearly $14 million dollars a year – let’s listen closely to what Lynn Good has to say.

“Always play to your strengths, whether your strengths are gender-based or just natural aptitude.”

“You’re well-spoken, or you’re very analytical, or you’re a great team-builder, or you’re great with relationships.  Playing to your strengths is always something good to build on because you’re trying to develop a foundation to keep growing, as a professional and as a leader.”

“People who love what they do get after it every day.”

“When you’re in a crisis, there’s really no playbook.”

“When you are in a situation or a crisis, you need to define, ‘What is the unique role that I can play?'”

“I actually had someone say to me, ‘Lynn, you’re going to have very good days, and you’re going to have very bad days.  But it’s rare that things are as good as they look, and it’s rare that things are as bad as they seem.’  So having perspective, and challenging perspective, is important to making good decisions.”

“I can be incredibly focused, and I can appear impatient.  So I’ve learned to slow down, get to know people, and provide more context.  There’s nothing wrong with getting to the point pretty quickly, but it’s also helpful to give people an opportunity to talk about their work.”

“If you keep an open mind, you can learn so much from the people around you.”

“If you feel like there is going to be an emotional reaction that won’t be helpful to resolve the situation – anger or other things – disarm the situation in some way, and you can use different techniques to do that.”

“I think about trust and confidence as something that you earn every day, and we will keep at it, earning it every day.”

“I don’t believe you can absolutely have it all.”

“If you can, anticipate that life is going to be full of detours.”

“I get energized around a plan – what’s it going to be like in three months?  Six months?  You’re not going to let it defeat you.  You got to keep going.”

“Effectiveness comes from those qualitative things that give you the ability to network, communicate, and lead people toward an outcome they can’t see.”

“It’s important to keep your long term perspective and communicate well both externally and internally.”

“Leadership is a journey – you never arrive.”

“Leaders play a unique role in periods of crisis and chaos.  Because if you don’t, you’re not going to harness the power of all the people behind you.”

“I am deeply honored by the trust the board has placed in me to lead Duke Energy.  I have a high degree of confidence in the strength of our company’s leadership and dedicated employees.”

“I become the face of the company, and that’s a responsibility.”

“There weren’t many women ahead of me.”

“You see more women in the CFO ranks.  It’s an evolution.”

“I find, at times, people underestimate me.  That’s really an asset.”

“At a certain career level, it’s no longer about whether you are the smartest subject-matter expert in the room.”

“As you think about developing people through their careers, you’re looking for that transition from being the smartest person in the room – and caring so much about that – to being the most effective.”

“I respect passionate views.”

“On two occasions, utility executives I’d never met had looked at me and said, ‘I thought you’d be bigger!’  In a way, I took that as a compliment!”

“I don’t think of myself as a powerful woman.”

“You move an organization when they understand where you want them to go.”

“You were in the midst of a chaotic, unfair, didn’t-know-how-it-was-going-to-end story, and the only thing you could do was… keep moving.”

“You can’t control what other people do, if they make the same point or if the conversation goes in a different direction.  But you can control how prepared you are, and take the opportunity to speak with authority.”

“You know, I feel like one of the simplest pieces of advice is: do a great job at what you’re given to do.”

“And over time, I have found that people listen, when you deliver great work, when you consistently show up well-prepared, speaking with authority, all those other things.  So what I would share with you is that the work is never done.”

“We support regional generation, particularly for nuclear.  It’s just a large investment.  We think it’s something a community comes around to make those investments work, and South Carolina is very committed to nuclear generation.”

“Our customers are at the center of everything we do.”

“It was exciting putting hundreds of millions of dollars to work buying and building wind farms in Texas.”

“Reliable and competitively-priced electricity is fundamental to growing our economy and creating jobs.  Our customers expect nothing less.”

“My father was a World War II Marine who became a high school principal.  He always had a heart for students who maybe were underprivileged or had difficulty of some sort.”

“When I was growing up, we had a widow living next door to us.  So the habit was that if we went to the grocery store, we called her first.  If we cut our yard, we cut her yard, no questions asked.”

“I had never seen a computer when I went to college.”

“I went to work in accounting at Arthur Andersen.  At one point, it was the crème de la crème.  I wanted to work there because it looked like the hardest thing I could find, and I loved being on a steep learning curve.  I progressed quickly, and two years out of college, I was managing a small team of people.”

“The beauty of it was that we worked together around a table.  I could see when someone was frustrated or had a difficult meeting, so I could keep in touch with what was going on.  I would typically stay after they left so I could get a gauge of the work they produced, so I had real-time feedback about whether an assignment was working, and I could adjust.  The feedback loop was almost immediate, so I had a chance to practice.”

“There is a comfort level with people you’ve known for a long time – you’ve been in the foxhole with them.  But when you bring an organization together, you need to be agnostic about background, and to interview on capabilities and track record.”

“I know I can’t be successful in the softball field, with everyone playing, so I didn’t go play softball!  I think those are choices that you have to make.  Everyone makes them based on their degree of comfort.  And what I said to myself is, ‘If this is an environment that recognizes the skills that I bring to the table, then that’s the environment that I can be successful in.  And if it’s an environment where my softball skills are more important than what I bring to the office, then I probably don’t belong there.'”

“Risk is an interesting way to think about it, but I would say it refocused me on the importance of family and where happiness comes from.  The lesson was that I’m not defined by my career, so I need to be prepared at any time to go or to change careers.  There’s a freedom with that.  It’s not that you’re disloyal or don’t like what you do or aren’t passionate about what you do, but your asset is you.  It’s not who you work for.  So is that risk-taking, or just recognizing that a career changes over time and you have to be ready at any point?”

“My family has always been incredibly important to me, and it’s important during those times that you have a voice of encouragement, in how to think about things, so you can move forward.  You’re going to run through the whole gamut of emotions no matter what, and I’ve found that when you step back from it, the happiness, for me, comes from the relationships of friends and family.”

“Be passionate about what you do, but also be passionate about your relationships and family and other things in life.  That’s where happiness is.  It’s not all about career.”

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