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Larry Hart is an industry leading executive coach, peer advisory group chair, speaker and writer.

Taking inspiration from the world’s greatest minds, Larry is continually building a mosaic of research, ideas, and proven best practices to draw upon in his Vistage Group sessions.

With more than 30 years of business leadership experience, including over 14,000 hours working 1:1 behind closed doors with CEOs & business owners, Larry guides today’s top leaders in their pursuit of excellence.

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  • Luck is an accident than happens to the competent.

    - Albert M. Greenfield

  • You can't talk yourself out of a problem that you've behaved yourself into.

    - Rick Schleufer, CEO Enterprise Systems Group Inc.

  • Don't waste your time training unfaithful employees. Look for reliable people and put your energies into them.

    - Kent Humphreys, President & CEO Jacks Merchandising & Distribution

  • Reality always wins. Your only job is to get in touch with it.

    - Pat Murray, TEC speaker

  • Application is the only evidence of learning.

    - Lary Hart, TEC Chair

  • An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.

    - Niles Bohr

  • No one grows old by living - only by losing interest in living.

    - Margaret Beynon Rey

  • Don't blame a fish for not flying. If you needed a flier, you should have hired a bird.

    - Don Clifton, CEO Gallup Organization

  • Simply pushing harder within the old boundaries will not do.

    - Karl Weick

  • It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed.

    - Harvey S. Fireston

  • Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others. It is the only means.

    - Albert Einstein

  • Communication is about who is listening; not who is talking.

    - Marta Vago, TEC Chair

  • If you are threatened by an idea, do not avoid it. It is the very topic you should be spending your time on.

    - Bill Poppel, TEC Speaker

  • Morale is faith in the man at the top.

    - Albert S. Johnstone

  • Remember, diamonds are only lumps of coal that stuck to their jobs.

    - B.C. Forbes

  • Plan the strategy first, before fixing the structure.

    - Red Scott, TEC Speaker

  • Companies are the only places where 'dead wood' actually grows.

    - Ken Kelly, President, The Kelly Corporation

  • Time is a great equalizer. How you spend it is the great differentiator.

    - Jim Bowes Jr., President, Peach State Material Handling Equipment Inc.

  • A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month's study of books.

    - Chinese Proverb

  • Give up trying to grow the bottom line. Grow your people and your people will grow the bottom line.

    - Jim Sandstrom, late TEC Speaker

  • When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either.

    - Leo Burnett

  • Information costs money. How much do you want to know?

    - David Peterson, President, The North Highland Company

  • Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished; if you're alive, it isn't.

    - Richard Bach

  • Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have of trying to change others.

    - Jacob M. Braude

  • If your business keeps you so busy that you have no time for anything else, there must be something wrong - either with you or your business.

    - William J.H. Boetcker

  • Good will plus good service brings sales success that no competition can easily undersell.

    - Harry F. Banks

  • The truth is very powerful. People may not like it, but they can't argue with it.

    - Dan Meloro, President, Farbest-Tallman Foods Corp.

  • You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.

    - Beverly Sills

  • Financial statements delivered on the first business day of the month vary immaterially from adjusted versions when operations and reporting are timely and accurate. Finance department success is directly proportional to this lack of variance.

    - Michael Isaacs, President, US Balloon Mfg Co Inc.

  • People's behavior always makes sense to them.

    - Don Guild

  • Name one person you've ever fired 'too soon.'

    - Ken Kelly, President, The Kelly Corporation

  • The tragedy of life is not that it ends too soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.

    - Anonymous

  • People don't do what you expect, they do what you inspect.

    - Maurice Mascarenhas, late TEC Speaker

  • Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy, it is important to see things as if they were close and take a distanced view of close things.

    - Miyamoto Musashi

  • The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have got to catch it yourself.

    - Benjamin Franklin

  • What we think, what we know or what we believe is of little consequence. The only consequence comes from what we do.

    - Stephen Haines, TEC Speaker

  • It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.

    - Winston Churchill

  • Every time a man puts a new idea across, he faces a dozen men who thought of it before he did. But they only thought of it.

    - Oren Arnold

  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit.

    - Aristotle

  • Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved.

    - Helen Keller

  • Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the trouble-making individual.

    - Mason Cooley

  • The road to success is lined with many tempting parking spaces.

    - Anonymous

  • One of the greatest challenges as a manager is how to delegate so effectively that once you have gotten the monkey off your back, your employees don't bring it back to you - and give you its feeding schedule.

    - John B. Roberts, President, The Roberts Co.

  • If, after suggesting a new or different way of doing something, your employees have no questions, they probably don't understand or don't agree.

    - Einar P. Gudjohnsen, President & CEO, HMP Industries Inc.

  • You read a book from beginning to end. You run a business the opposite way. You start with the end, and then do everything you must do to reach it.

    - Harold Geneen

  • The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

    - Allan K. Chalmers

  • The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year.

    - John Foster Dulles

  • My TEC experience has taught me that, other than the concept of my business, there is no problem I face that hasn't already been experienced by thousands of other people before me.

    - Tim McCarthy, CEO Sales Building Systems

  • The things we fear most in an organization - fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances - are the primary sources of creativity.

    - Margaret Wheatley

  • I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than a spirit of criticism.

    - Charles M. Schwab

  • Start working on productivity improvements by establishing a gain-sharing/bonus plan with the help of the guys who run the company football pool. The numbers are always timely and reliable and they are committed to 100 percent customer satisfaction.

    - Michael Isaacs, President, US Balloon Mfg Co Inc.

  • It is the willingness of people to give of themselves over and above the demands of the job that distinguishes the great from the merely adequate organization.

    - Peter Drucker

  • Luck is an accident than happens to the competent.

    - Albert M. Greenfield

  • You can't talk yourself out of a problem that you've behaved yourself into.

    - Rick Schleufer, CEO Enterprise Systems Group Inc.

  • Don't waste your time training unfaithful employees. Look for reliable people and put your energies into them.

    - Kent Humphreys, President & CEO Jacks Merchandising & Distribution

  • Reality always wins. Your only job is to get in touch with it.

    - Pat Murray, TEC speaker

  • Application is the only evidence of learning.

    - Lary Hart, TEC Chair

  • An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.

    - Niles Bohr

  • No one grows old by living - only by losing interest in living.

    - Margaret Beynon Rey

  • Don't blame a fish for not flying. If you needed a flier, you should have hired a bird.

    - Don Clifton, CEO Gallup Organization

  • Simply pushing harder within the old boundaries will not do.

    - Karl Weick

  • It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed.

    - Harvey S. Fireston

  • Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others. It is the only means.

    - Albert Einstein

  • Communication is about who is listening; not who is talking.

    - Marta Vago, TEC Chair

  • If you are threatened by an idea, do not avoid it. It is the very topic you should be spending your time on.

    - Bill Poppel, TEC Speaker

  • Morale is faith in the man at the top.

    - Albert S. Johnstone

  • Remember, diamonds are only lumps of coal that stuck to their jobs.

    - B.C. Forbes

  • Plan the strategy first, before fixing the structure.

    - Red Scott, TEC Speaker

  • Companies are the only places where 'dead wood' actually grows.

    - Ken Kelly, President, The Kelly Corporation

  • Time is a great equalizer. How you spend it is the great differentiator.

    - Jim Bowes Jr., President, Peach State Material Handling Equipment Inc.

  • A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month's study of books.

    - Chinese Proverb

  • Give up trying to grow the bottom line. Grow your people and your people will grow the bottom line.

    - Jim Sandstrom, late TEC Speaker

  • When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either.

    - Leo Burnett

  • Information costs money. How much do you want to know?

    - David Peterson, President, The North Highland Company

  • Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished; if you're alive, it isn't.

    - Richard Bach

  • Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have of trying to change others.

    - Jacob M. Braude

  • If your business keeps you so busy that you have no time for anything else, there must be something wrong - either with you or your business.

    - William J.H. Boetcker

  • Good will plus good service brings sales success that no competition can easily undersell.

    - Harry F. Banks

  • The truth is very powerful. People may not like it, but they can't argue with it.

    - Dan Meloro, President, Farbest-Tallman Foods Corp.

  • You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.

    - Beverly Sills

  • Financial statements delivered on the first business day of the month vary immaterially from adjusted versions when operations and reporting are timely and accurate. Finance department success is directly proportional to this lack of variance.

    - Michael Isaacs, President, US Balloon Mfg Co Inc.

  • People's behavior always makes sense to them.

    - Don Guild

  • Name one person you've ever fired 'too soon.'

    - Ken Kelly, President, The Kelly Corporation

  • The tragedy of life is not that it ends too soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.

    - Anonymous

  • People don't do what you expect, they do what you inspect.

    - Maurice Mascarenhas, late TEC Speaker

  • Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy, it is important to see things as if they were close and take a distanced view of close things.

    - Miyamoto Musashi

  • The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have got to catch it yourself.

    - Benjamin Franklin

  • What we think, what we know or what we believe is of little consequence. The only consequence comes from what we do.

    - Stephen Haines, TEC Speaker

  • It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.

    - Winston Churchill

  • Every time a man puts a new idea across, he faces a dozen men who thought of it before he did. But they only thought of it.

    - Oren Arnold

  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit.

    - Aristotle

  • Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved.

    - Helen Keller

  • Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the trouble-making individual.

    - Mason Cooley

  • The road to success is lined with many tempting parking spaces.

    - Anonymous

  • One of the greatest challenges as a manager is how to delegate so effectively that once you have gotten the monkey off your back, your employees don't bring it back to you - and give you its feeding schedule.

    - John B. Roberts, President, The Roberts Co.

  • If, after suggesting a new or different way of doing something, your employees have no questions, they probably don't understand or don't agree.

    - Einar P. Gudjohnsen, President & CEO, HMP Industries Inc.

  • You read a book from beginning to end. You run a business the opposite way. You start with the end, and then do everything you must do to reach it.

    - Harold Geneen

  • The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

    - Allan K. Chalmers

  • The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year.

    - John Foster Dulles

  • My TEC experience has taught me that, other than the concept of my business, there is no problem I face that hasn't already been experienced by thousands of other people before me.

    - Tim McCarthy, CEO Sales Building Systems

  • The things we fear most in an organization - fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances - are the primary sources of creativity.

    - Margaret Wheatley

  • I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than a spirit of criticism.

    - Charles M. Schwab

  • Start working on productivity improvements by establishing a gain-sharing/bonus plan with the help of the guys who run the company football pool. The numbers are always timely and reliable and they are committed to 100 percent customer satisfaction.

    - Michael Isaacs, President, US Balloon Mfg Co Inc.

  • It is the willingness of people to give of themselves over and above the demands of the job that distinguishes the great from the merely adequate organization.

    - Peter Drucker

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