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“I know even my best employees have a range of focus and performance. In addition to motivating them through traditional recognition methods, I’ve found that letting them know their personal objectives are important to me earns their best efforts and loyalty. In the past this has included sponsoring night classes not directly related to their job and helping an employee secure a book deal with a major publisher.”

–James Roche, CEO of, a San Francisco-based stock home design site that has grown 25 percent year over year.

I’m always looking for new opportunities to learn from others who are successful, even if it’s only a small suggestion here or an interesting tip there. I’ll post a new one each morning, as we work through “The Daily Habits of 35 People at the Top of Their Game”, and learn from 35 successful entrepreneurs, founders and executives.

To see other tips, check out my quotable posts or go to the full article on Inc.