Ursula Burns

54Ursula Burns Quotes

American Businesswoman born on September 20, 1958,

Ursula M. Burns serves as Chairman and CEO of Xerox. As such, she is the first black-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company. She is also the first woman to succeed another woman as head of a Fortune 500 company, having succeeded Anne Mulcahy as CEO of Xerox. In 2014, Forbes rated her the 22nd most powerful woman in the world... (source)

As I've progressed in my career, I've come to appreciate - and really value - the other attributes that define a company's success beyond the P&L: great leadership, long-term financial strength, ethical business practices, evolving business strategies, sound governance, powerful brands, values-based decision-making. view quote

Find something that you love to do, and find a place that you really like to do it in. I found something I loved to do. I'm a mechanical engineer by training, and I loved it. I still do. My son is a nuclear engineer at MIT, a junior, and I get the same vibe from him. Your work has to be compelling. You spend a lot of time doing it. view quote

I don't think paper will go away. I do believe that the value of paper will change, and Xerox is working on changing that value. Consider a color page. Actual life is in color, but you keep reproducing it in black and white. You remove value. It's a bad thing to do. view quote

I went to an all-girls Catholic high school. The three things that they focused on were reading, writing, and arithmetic. My goodness, this is a novel idea in this modern society. I was really good at all three of these things. I was particularly good at math. view quote

Impatience is a virtue. view quote

I've had many mentors, but the one that has the most impact was my mother. view quote

Crankiness is a human attribute that, when people walk in the door of Xerox, they remain human. The best way to get the best out of people is to not force them to be something other than they naturally are. Now what do they have to be? They have to be respectful. You can't be ridiculously disrespectful. view quote

This old notion that work is drudgery is nonsense. Most days, even back when Xerox was under siege, I could not wait to get to the office. view quote

Admiration takes on a whole new level when you appreciate just how complex it is to run a modern business. view quote

My mother was pragmatic, focused and extremely, exceedingly practical, and she was the ultimate self-determining person. view quote

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