- Stay on track. Don’t give your critics the ammunition they expect. – Larry Weidel
- Your ability to build & lead team to solve complex problems will define you as a leader, deal maker and innovator. – Tim Sanders
- Be stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods. – Vala Afshar
- Impatience only makes you look week. It is a principal impediment to power. – Robert Greene
- Learning is NOT NOT NOT a linear process!!!!!!! – Tom Peters
- Stop what you are doing and decide to do something of long term value! What can you do today, that will have an impact file years from now. – James Shepherd
- Strategy is not the consequence of planning but the opposite, its starting point. – Henry Mintzberg
- Run with your head the first two-thirds of a race and with your heart the final third. – Jack Daniels
- A good team is a great place to be, exciting, stimulating, supportive, successful. A bad team is horrible, a sort of human prison. – Charles Handy
- In adversity, remember to keep an even mind. – Horace
- Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks. – Phillips Brooks
- The secret of getting things done is to act. – Dante Alighieri
- Constant dripping hollows out a stone. – Lucretius
- The first great gift we can bestow on others is a good example. – Thomas Marell
February is Black History Month. I was reading on Mr. Frederick Douglass and one of his quote came in front of me. So profound and tells a lot about personal quality! If one lacks integrity, will lack true sense of happiness and accomplishment in life. This quality in leaders and managers takes the organization to new level. This is age of integrity and accountablity. As a trusted advisor to your boss, friends, or to any institute, your currency is Integrity.
Frederick Douglass: I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.
Here are some selected Quotes for Leaders and Managers:
- Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people. – Spenser Johnson
- Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn’t blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won’t cheat, then you know he never will. – John MacDonald
- I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence. – Frederick Douglass
- Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity. – Francis Bacon
Marcus Aureliu: Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
Here are some of the tweets from the people I follow on Twitter. These tweets are incredible pearls of wisdom that we can use to direct our thoughts, actions and reflections.
1. Mediocrity asks “Is it profitable?“. First, try asking: “Is it worthwhile? Will it matter? Is it meaningfully better?” @umairh
Profound questions one can ask! Questions we ask ourself are the key to our success. If we change the questions we ask, we can change our life. Recently watched HBR video called Wise Leadership [video] on similar topic. This interview asks – Is profitablity the result or ulimate goal of our business? Check out keyword Phronesis.
2. Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. @Billy_Cox
Our actions are guided by our thoughts (as well as profound questions) and eventually we become what our mind dwells upon most of the time. Isn’t it questions posed by @umairh in (1) a perfect fit to initiate great thoughts?
3. All the wisdom in the world isn’t worth a dime if it doesn’t produce results. @BrianTracy
My favorite Brian Tracy has influenced millions & millions with his wisdom. As managers, we enjoy some nice talking to us but all talking won’t do it. We got to get results. Wisdom does mean action or inspiring others to take action and manifest quality products that add value.
4. A person’s character is best judged when he is in power & how he uses this power in the daily walk of #life @rlalita
This is very timely thought, we all are given authority/power in our life and work. See this quote with the perspective of 1, 2 & 3
5. Try & try again is a great philosophy so long as you use a different plan for every try. @LeadToday
This quote tells about perseverence and keeping mind open to new ways of doing things to get to the desired results. It might be pushing the particular item to back for some time. You know some times we got to inentionaly delay the things because environment is not ready to thrive. Remember planning also includes if things do not work out the way we expect what are our options and how would we pursue them.
6. Enlightenment is not an escape from pain but an understanding of pain & in spite of it -living with a never-ending feeling of love for life. @tonyrobbins
Its all how we define pain (or problem). Its our paradigm. Not there yet, but whatever I have grasped from reading – at a certain juncture in life, a time comes in life when one realizes that pain is medicine while comfort leads to suffering. And again, its all how one defines pain and comfort and what are thresholds per our paradigms.
7. You weren’t put here to polish up PowerPoint decks, sell disposable junk, or glad-hand. You were put here to matter, serve, and love. Start. @umairh
Finding purpose or discovering our ‘Ture North’ is what we need. We are put here to matter (do significant things that make world a better place – even for one individual), serve (without any strings attached or expectations – otherwise its business not serving) and love (without ego and selfishness). Last word is even more powerful that is START!
My twitter handle is @KulveerVirk
- Do not count your chickens before they are hatched. – Aesop
- The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there is 90% probability you will get it wrong. – Andy Rooney
- If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster. – Clint Eastwood
- Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. – Barry LePartner
- Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out. – Robert Collier
- I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it’s been. – Wayne Gretzky
- Before anything else, preperation is the key to success. – Alexander Graham Bell
- If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it. – Jonathan Winters
- In risk, if you perform, it produces great opportunities. – John Hammergren, CEO McKesson Corp
- You just can’t get too focused on what’s going to happen in the next quarter. You have to worry about where the business is headed long-term. – James Sinegal, Founder & CEO Costco
- If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete. – Jack Welch, Chairman & CEO GE
- Capital isn’t scarce; vision is. – Sam Walton, Founder Wal-Mart
- Sometimes size is an asset. Sometimes, it’s a liability. – Marco Provera, Chairman & CEO Pirelli Group
- Communication is the only task you cannot delegate. – Roberto Goizueta, Chairman & CEO Coca-Cola
- Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Many people like to think that they’ll find balance AFTER they find success. But in reality, achieving balance IS success. — Brian Koslow
- Success always has a price; success, with integrity, is the real bottom line. — Denis Waitley
- The greatest natural resource in the world is the spirit that resides in every unstoppable person. — Cynthia Kersey
- Believe you can and you are halfway there. — Theodore Roosevelt
- A great attitude is not the result of success; success is the result of a great attitude. — Earl Nightingale
- Life is either a grand adventure or it is nothing. — Helen Keller
Here is a collection of 7 quotes for achievers; I collected these from an electronic newsletter called ‘Seeds of Success’ – by Success magazine. Quickly reading a quote either from a great philosopher or anyone anonymous is not justice to the wealth hidden in the words. Take a moment and imagine why would have this person said or wrote these words.
What do you think?
Thank you for reading and reflecting on these quotes, and have a great time.
We all face tough choices each day and feel disheartened sometimes by the way things are going. Taking the right decision with the best of our ability and integrity is the required component of life. We limit our actions by thoughts of fear and sometimes we give up on the idea or thought that once inspired us. We all know that every new action has some inherent risk, but we need to manage it and move forward.
I have experienced that one can successfully rearrange the thought process by reading positive quotes and get over the imaginary fear of tough situation.
Here are 7 motivational quotes to keep spirit uplifted in challenging times, because tough experiences make tough leaders.
- When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going – Billy Ocean
- The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places. – Unknown
- When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
- There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them. – Phyllis Bottome
- Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. – Theodore N. Vail
- Remember when you see a man at the top of a mountain, he didn’t fall there. – Unknown
- A leader, once convinced a particular course of action is the right one, must have the determination to stick with it and be undaunted when the going gets tough. – Ronald Reagan
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- If you want to hear new things, you’d better spend time with people who are very different from you. – Lynda Gratton
- Predicting the future is easy. It’s trying to figure out what’s going on now that’s hard. – Fritz Dressler
- In business, you don’t get what you deserve, you get waht you negotiate. – Chester Karrass.
- The right information cannot be extracted from the wrong data. – Russell Ackoff
- Honesty is the best policy. – Anonymous
- You can’t do without a “can do” attitude. – William Kane
- If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. – Yogi Berra
Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control. – Tom Landry
- People ask the difference between a leader and a boss . . . The leader leads, and the boss drives. -Theodore Roosevelt
- Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. – Karl Popper
- Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy. – H. Norman Schwarzkopf
- The man whose authority is recent is always stern. – Aeschylus
I am on Twitter (follow me) and its very useful tool. I review tweets on my Nokia E71 Smartphone during my lunch break and keep myself updated.
I get to read very interesting and inspiring quotes along with information that people share on Twitter; and I also thought of sharing some quotes with my readers. Here they are:
- You have three choices 1) complain 2) walk the extra mile or 3) create your own highway. – Rajesh Setty/@UpbeatNow
- When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the fire department generally uses water. @mlomb
- If God didn’t want us to smile, he would have given us black teeth. @NarinderSingh
- Countless studies suggest that much more often than not, people reciprocate. So give, smile, love and help. @sanderssays
- Have courage. It permits you to accomplish things even when they take longer than you thought. That’s what life is all about. @kenblanchard
Let me know what your thoughts are and if you are on Twitter. Thanks.
- Star performers are never expensive, but mediocre performers are unaffordable – Georges Doriot
- It is a bad plan that admits of no modification. – Publilius Syrus
- A ship in a harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for. – William Shedd
- We tell our young managers, ” Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. But please don’t make the same mistake twice.” – Akio Morita
- The best motivation consists of getting a player to understand that his self-interest and the team’s are inextricably bound up. – Walter Kiechel III
Thank you and have a great day.
Here are 6 quotes for I.T. managers from Norman R. Augustine
- Hardware works best when it matters the least.
- A revised schedule is to business what a new season is to an athlete or a new canvas to an artist.
- One of the most feared expressions in modern times is ”The computer is down”.
- It has been wisely said that the world is not interested in the storms you encountered but in whether you brought the ship in safely.
- If a sufficient number of management layers are superimposed on top of each other, it can be assured that disaster is not left to chance.
- The last 10 percent of performance generates one-third of the cost and two-thirds of the problems.
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- There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
- Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
- We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
Who does not know Steve Jobs? His vision and life has made a huge impact on our generation. I came across this post. He shares his life lessons with students at Stanford in 2005. No doubt he is wonderful person around and I wish him good health.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Here are seven inspiring leadership quotations from some of the world’s greatest thinkers.
- Greater than the threat of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come. – Victor Hugo
- Failure, rejection and mistakes are the perfect stepping stones to success. – Dr. Alan Goldberg
- You either have to be first, best, or different. – Loretta Lynn
- Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others? – Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Always do right – this will gratify some and astonish the rest. – Mark Twain
- Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. – Henry Ford
- The mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.
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Everywhere we turn our focus to, we hear something negative and how leadership should come forward. Leadership at every level is already faced with some difficult choices. It is of paramount importance that when leaders make decisions to change the course, decisions should not have been plagued by personal ego and due to insecurity.
As John C Maxwell says that Ego and Insecurity are the two greatest landmines of leadership; think about any world leader and if he stepped on these landmines or not. Do you want to? After a long time when we reflect on the decisions we make today should be matter of proud.
As a leader, we get a chance to serve our people, I mean serve genuinely. In these times how we act will shape our organizations and societies. Lets take the right actions while we overcome the short-term issues, we keep long term objectives in our minds.
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Someone sent me an email with quotes of Mahatma Gandhi. Here are some I wanted to share.
- There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.
- There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
- I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.
- Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
How true! Have a wonderful day.
We got to refuel our thought engine each day. When things we read, hear, feel or experience seem tough (relative term); refule with positive quotes.
- Pray to God but continue to row to the shore. – Russian Proverb
- Opportunities just approach those who seek them. – Charles Nikol
- If winter comes, can spring be far behind? – Percy Bysshe Shelley
- Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts. – Madame de Stael
- Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain
Have a good day!
Today I heard first time of Charles Swindoll. He is an author of over 70 books, educator and a preacher. I have not read or listened to him but his quotes (found over the Internet) are very valuable.
I am believer of the fact that where ever we get life lessons, learn from them and implement in life. I save the motivating quotes so that I can refer again and again to align myself. Here are 5 quotes to start the work week.
- Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
- The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.
- Alleged impossibilities are opportunities for our capacities to be stretched.
- We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.
- We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.
Thank you for reading and wish you a wonderful week.
Learning from the words of the wise and getting more out of our life should be our goal. As someone said, knowing and not doing is as good as not knowing.
- Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. – William James
- You are the storyteller of your own life, and you can create your own legend or not. – Isabel Allende
- The world will shape you if you let it. To have a sense of yourself as you live, you must make conscious choices. – John Donahoe
- Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. – William Jennings Bryan
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Quotes are powerful words to stir thinking process, give new perspective on things, motivate to take action. Here are some quotes on planning and strategy that I collected from book Strategic Management by Fred David.
- Like a product or service, the planning process itself must be managed and shaped, if it is to serve executives as a vehicle for strategic decision making. – Robert Lenz
- Strategies for taking the hill won’t necessarily hold it. – Amar Bhide
- Great spirits have always encountered vioulent opposition from mediocre minds. – Albert Einstein
- A firm that continues to employ a previously successful strategy eventually and inevitably falls victim to a competitor. – Bill Cohen
- Planning is often doomed before it ever starts, either because too much is expected of it or because not enough is put into it. – T. J. Cartwright
- Planners should not plan, but serve as facilitators, catalysts, inquirers, educators, and synthesizers to guide the planning process effectively. – A. Hax and N. Majluf
- Don’t recommend anything you woul not be prepared to do yourself if you were in the decision maker’s shoes. – A. J. Strickland III
“We are on this planet to love each other, to serve each other and to uplift each other. We have come on this Earth to give, not to take. Don’t take pride in taking. Give and you will be given virtues. And that will give you God.” – Yogi Bhajan
Five very powerful quotes, read and ponder.
- “A leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of credit.” – Arnold Glasow
- “There are no bad soldiers, only bad officers.” – Napolean
- “The key to success is to get out into the store and listen to what the associates have to say. It’s terribly important for everyone to get involved. Our best ideas come from clerks and stockboys.” – Sam Walton
- “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra
- “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it is.” – Wayne Gretzky.
When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality. – Joe Paterno.
Who else can say better than JoePa? He is absolutely correct, but key thing is outgrowing individualism. When a team is motivated to work together, everything seems possible and there is quite a different feeling. I have been blessed to work with some of the best people who knew how to empower team and have experienced how team’s common goals produce stunning results.
Very first thing is to cultivate the trust in the team. If there is no professional trust among group members, team will never perform at par.
We have to be little bit open to our team members (my own perspective). if we become totally professional by delegating tasks and demand results with ‘paid for the work done’ attitude, team will not work. You got to use some emotional intelligence, you got to connect with the employee.
Next, you being the boss, have to guide and empower the team. Every team member comes with unique skills, personality, objectives, understanding. You got to know who needs direction, and who needs nod; who needs to be left alone and who should be slowing down. Check Situational Leadership II post on my blog. You are the one who will make things happen through this dynamic team.
Thanks for reading and I welcome your comments how you made your team perform above expectations and what factors were important to you.
- People ask for the secret to success. There is no secret but there is a process. – Nido Quebin
- Set a good example. It will please some people and amaze the rest. – Mark Twain
- We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are. – Anais Nin
- Those who lack courage will always find a philosophy to justify it. – Albert Camus
- The first thing to decide before you walk into any negotiation is what to do if the other fellow says no. – Ernest Bevin
- The more you say, the less people remember. – Anatole France.
Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. ~James Russell Lowell
You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read. ~ Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. ~ Confucius
It is better to read a little and ponder a lot than to read a lot and ponder a little. ~ Denis Parsons Burkitt
Here are 13 books that I plan to read in coming days…
True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership(J-B Warren Bennis Series) (Hardcover) by Bill George
ME, INC.How to Master the Business of Being You: A Personalized Program for Exceptional Living (Hardcover) by Scott W. Ventrella
Think Better: An Innovator’s Guide to Productive Thinking (Hardcover) by Tim Hurson
The Manager’s Book of Decencies (Hardcover) by Steve Harrison (Author)
Why Should the Boss Listen to You: The Seven Disciplines of the Trusted Strategic Advisor (Hardcover) by James E. Lukaszewski
The Boston Consulting Group on Strategy: Classic Concepts and New Perspectives (Hardcover) by Carl W. Stern, Michael S. Deimler
60 Seconds & You’re Hired (Paperback) by Robin Ryan
A Dream With a Deadline: Turning Strategy Into Action (Hardcover) by Jacques Horovitz & Anne-Valerie Ohlsson-Corboz
Love Is Letting Go of Fear(Paperback) by Gerald G. Jampolsky
Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life (Hardcover) by Sandra Aamodt & Sam Wang
How Come That Idiot’s Rich and I’m Not?(Hardcover) by Robert Shemin
The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (Hardcover) by Parag Khanna
Awakening the Entrepreneur Within: How Ordinary People Can Create Extraordinary Companies (Hardcover) by Michael E. Gerber
I enjoy reading magazines and books on leadership, management, personal development, life, etc. Have you read any of 12 books? Do you suggest any other?
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler
I found this quote very much true. It is becoming more and more important in today’s work environment for employees and organizations to change their traditional mind-set and evolve.
Have you seen people who are worried about their jobs as the technology they know is now obsolete? People had been working very hard and did not focus on upgrading their skills as market was going through change.
I want to stress that you are in charge of your learning opportunities. It may be soft skills, new language, new technology, new way of doing things or any combination of things that will keep us marketable in this century. We got to be flexible in terms of learning new things, unlearning of old concepts and some times relearning of (back to basics) concepts.
Thanks and have a great day!
These words of wisdom reaffirm an optimistic view towards our life and work. These words once said by great minds ask us to develop positive attitude, take action, believe in ourselves and make our word more beautiful place to live.
Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears. – Rudyard Kipling (English poet and author)
It is worth a thousand (British) pounds a year to have the habit of looking on the bright side of things. – Dr. Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784
If there were nothing wrong in the world, there wouldn’t be anything for us to do. – George Bernard Shaw
To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. – Anatole France
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. – Abraham Lincoln
A man is what he thinks about all day long. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it. – Andrew Carnegie
- Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. – Abraham Lincoln
- If you only do things you know well and do comfortably, you’ll never reach higher goals. – Linda Tsao Yang
- Listening is a magnetic and creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. – Karl Menninger