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CEO of the YearUtah Business magazine honored the state’s best business leaders at its annual CEO of the Year Awards on Wednesday, March 16.

The winning CEOs shared their secrets to success – from sales to leadership to change management. We thought it would be valuable to pass along some of their top tips so you can take advantage of their hard-earned wisdom.

1. Think big

“Think big. You have to think big and have big, hairy, audacious goals,” Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard said. “You have to have a big vision: a clear North Star. And then you have to lead your organization with a lot of clarity around that vision.”

2. Focus on vision, team and culture

“I’ve realized that a CEO focuses on vision, team and culture,” Traeger Grills CEO Jeremy Andrus said. “And if you can get those three elements right, you win.”

3. Create a community of alignment

“Create a community and align everybody’s interests,” InsideSales.com CEO Dave Elkington said. “Once you create a community with aligned interests and aligned beliefs, everything goes so much easier.”

Hopefully, you found some solid takeaways in this advice. See the other CEO of the Year winners below:

  • Scott Altman, Ballet West
  • Richard Beard, People’s Utah Bancorp
  • Patrick Byrne, Overstock.com
  • Lew Cramer, CBC Advisors
  • Wallace Davis, Peopletrail
  • Richard Hunt, Hunt Electric
  • John Sperry, InMoment
  • Teresa Whitehead, Citywide Home Loans
  • Spencer Young, Young Automotive Group
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