7 Quotes for Leaders – When The Going Gets Tough

April 25, 2010

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.

  1. When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going – Billy Ocean
  2. The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.   –  Unknown
  3. When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.   – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  4. There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them. – Phyllis Bottome
  5. Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. –  Theodore N. Vail
  6. Remember when you see a man at the top of a mountain, he didn’t fall there. – Unknown
  7. 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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Quotes for Managers

August 14, 2009

 

Here are 6 quotes for I.T. managers from Norman R. Augustine

  1. Hardware works best when it matters the least.
  2. A revised schedule is to business what a new season is to an athlete or a new canvas to an artist.
  3. One of the most feared expressions in modern times is ”The computer is down”.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The last 10 percent of performance generates one-third of the cost and two-thirds of the problems.

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Quotes for Managers

June 24, 2008

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.

  1. 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
  2. Strategies for taking the hill won’t necessarily hold it. – Amar Bhide
  3. Great spirits have always encountered vioulent opposition from mediocre minds. – Albert Einstein
  4. A firm that continues to employ a previously successful strategy eventually and inevitably falls victim to a competitor. – Bill Cohen
  5. 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
  6. Planners should not plan, but serve as facilitators, catalysts, inquirers, educators, and synthesizers to guide the planning process effectively. – A. Hax and N. Majluf
  7. 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

Five Powerful Leadership Quotes

June 17, 2008

Five very powerful quotes, read and ponder. 

  1. “A leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of credit.” – Arnold Glasow
  2. “There are no bad soldiers, only bad officers.” – Napolean
  3. “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
  4. “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra
  5. “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it is.” – Wayne Gretzky.

Trust is very important for teamwork

June 17, 2008

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.

 


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