President and CEO, Ashley Leonard, discusses his daily habits

Examine the people running profitable companies and you’ll find leaders who often share one remarkable trait: consistency. Check out these quotes from 25 successful executives regarding the daily habits that help them get ahead in business and life.

1. Never waste a lunch.

“Since I eat every day it doesn’t make sense that I waste that time alone. I find that when my days are filled breaking bread with other owners, clients, key employees and close friends, not as many crises come up. Why? Maybe because most crises originate from our closest circles, or maybe I’m just better informed. Either way, it’s a smoother sail.”

–Charles Antis, CEO of Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, which serves more than 1,000 California communities.

2. Write one thank you note every day.

“Whether it’s to a customer, business partner, mentor or friend, it only takes five minutes and serves as a simple way to acknowledge the folks who have helped you, to memorialize and to be grateful for what has been accomplished. It’s also a great way to re-inspire yourself in the process. Showing gratitude is a forgotten practice in today’s world, but it goes a long way.”

–Anna Brockway, cofounder and and Chief Curator of SF-based, Chairish, a website and mobile app for buying and selling vintage and pre-owned furniture, decor, jewelry and accessories.

3. Be in the moment.

“Focus on one task or one meeting at time. Otherwise, you’ll find your mind wandering and you might miss essential information, which can lead to poor business decisions.”

–Giovanni Marcantoni, founder and CEO of Social Leagues, which organizes and produces social sports leagues in New York, Baltimore, Denver, San Francisco and Charlestown, S.C.

4. Don’t hide in your office.

“Too many CEOs are separated from their businesses and their teams by taking the big corner office. I strongly believe that as a CEO I’m a more effective leader by being with my team. I hear more of what is going on. I am more approachable and I can address problems quicker by dumping the office and being with the team. Sure, you need to deal with sensitive meetings and calls sometimes, but all you need is a small meeting room.”

–Ashley Leonard, CEO of Verismic Software, an award-winning cloud-based IT management technology and green solutions company.

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