I didn’t know Dr. Covey. I met him once—several years ago at the wedding reception of a mutual acquaintance. I can’t remember if Dr. Covey was hosting the event at his home or if he was simply a neighbor, but I was introduced to him; and we probably shared a dozen or so words. However that wasn’t my first introduction.
I became acquainted with Steven Covey reading one of his early books, Spiritual Roots of Human Relations. Needless to say, a much younger version of the Steven Covey most people are familiar with. Since that time, like many, I’ve read one or two of his more recognized 7 Habits books. However, it was this first book that formed my opinions of him.
I must admit I hadn’t picked up that book in a while, until I pulled it off my bookshelf Tuesday morning upon hearing of his passing. Although it’s not a business book, his views regarding the root of what plagues business and politics still resonate with me:
“The roots of the problems we face in the world, in our national life, and in our family and personal lives are spiritual. The symptom manifestations (leaves) of these problems are social, economic, and political. But the roots are moral and spiritual. And they lie first within each individual and then within the family.”
Regardless of the business you are in or your particular faith or philosophical opinion, the spiritual nature of how we interact with people is relevant. What’s more, the implications of amoral leadership and interpersonal relationships plague the way we do business, the way our governments function and are regularly reported in the news (as too many CEOs and political leaders slink off into the corner in disgrace).
However, I have found Dr. Covey’s insight to be most relevant in how I interact with people one on one. In fact, there are two principles he espoused that have stayed with me. I wish I could remember which book or speech they came from, but I don’t think it matters—they are two things I learned from Dr. Covey that I try to remember as I have been tasked to lead people and projects.
- People are not resources like computers or office furniture: Over the years I’ve come to dislike referring to people as resources (although I have yet to come up with a more elegant alternative). I just don’t like the dispassionate nature of the term Human Resources. In business we manage process, but we lead people. Business school does a great job of teaching people how to manage, but if my experience over the last 30 or so years is any indication (and I don’t think I’m that unique), I’ve had damn few leaders. Business is personal. The way we interact with our colleagues, the way we interact with our superiors and subordinates is very personal—at least it should be. If we look at the metrics they drive as the only measure of whether or not someone is making a meaningful contribution to our organizations, we are only looking at part of the picture. Of course, performance metrics are important, but I’ve noticed that dogmatically focusing on the end result, rather than the root (as Dr. Covey might suggest), might not achieve that desired end result anyway. Business is personal and people are not resources—they are people.
- Techniques fall flat, a genuine interest in other’s success creates successful organizations: All you need to do is peruse the local bookstore or visit Amazon.com to learn the latest and greatest business management techniques. I spend a lot of time reading them myself—however, if they merely become techniques to manipulate (or manage) people, your colleagues will see right through you. Because business is personal, a genuine interest in the people you work with and a desire to help those you lead achieve success is what really drives business performance. What’s more honesty and integrity are not techniques—they should be the way we are, the way we do business and the way we interact with people. This type of atmosphere is created from the top. A “Do what I say and not what I do” approach to how you manage your business does not work. However, there is hope for those of us less inclined to interact genuinely with people. Jean Kerr said, “Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical. He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he becomes polite.” I think this is true of developing a genuine interest in our relationships with colleagues as well (for those of you who feel you might be lacking).
“As with physical exercise,” writes Dr. Covey, “those of us who say we haven’t the time for ‘spiritual aerobics’ are excuse making and will find ourselves, whenever the situation calls for strength beyond our reserve, incapacitated by self doubt, envy, jealousy, pride, fear, anger, bad tempers, all indicating a lack of spiritual oxygen.
Rest in peace Steven Covey
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The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.A. A. MilneHistory teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.Abba EbanHow many legs does a dog have, if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.Abraham LincolnNearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.Abraham LincolnWhen I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.Abraham LincolnBetter to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.Abraham LincolnYou can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.Abraham LincolnTo the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.Abraham MaslowMy definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few.Adolf HitlerIt is always more difficult to fight against faith than against knowledge.Adolf HitlerDo not look where you fell, but where you slipped.African proverbDo you realize if it weren’t for Edison we’d be watching TV by candlelight?Al BoliskaAny company large enough to have a research lab is too large to listen to it.Alan KayEducation is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.Albert EinsteinInsanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.Albert EinsteinLogic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.Albert EinsteinNot everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.Albert EinsteinA clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.Albert EinsteinImagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.Albert EinsteinWhen you look at yourself from a universal standpoint, something inside always reminds or informs you that there are bigger and better things to worry about.Albert EinsteinThe only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.Albert EinsteinThe difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.Albert EinsteinThe person who reads too much and uses his brain too little will fall into lazy habits of thinking.Albert EinsteinTime and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live.Albert EinsteinWhen you sit with a nice girl for two hours, you think it’s only a minute. But when you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you think it’s two hours. That’s relativity.Albert EinsteinThere are people who, instead of listening to what is being said to them, are already listening to what they are going to say themselves.Albert GuinonWhen everyone is against you, it means that you are absolutely wrong– or absolutely right.Albert GuinonAn intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.Aldous HuxleyBlessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.Alexander PopeDo not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.Alfred A. MontapertIt is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.Alfred AdlerThe point of quotations is that one can use another’s words to be insulting.Amanda CrossAcquaintance, n.: A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.Ambrose BierceCourage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.Ambrose RedmoonWe don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.Anais NinIt is better to fail at your own life than to succeed at someone else’s.André GidePeople cannot discover new lands until they have the courage to lose sight of the shore.André GideBelieve those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.André GideIt is bad luck to be superstitious.Andrew W. MathisIf the lessons of history teach us anything it is that nobody learns the lessons that history teaches us.AnonPerfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.Antoine de Saint-ExupéryWhat lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do.AristotleIt is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.AristotleWe are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.AristotleTalent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.Arthur SchopenhauerAll truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.Arthur SchopenhauerEvery nation ridicules other nations, and all are right.Arthur SchopenhauerI’d rather live with a good question than a bad answer.Aryeh FrimerThe Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.Ayn RandThe real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.B. F. SkinnerA wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.Baltasar GracianGood judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.Barry LePatnerA government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.Thomas JeffersonDo not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.BashoTrying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.Ben HechtNever apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth.Benjamin DisraeliEither write something worth reading or do something worth writing.Benjamin FranklinThe tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.Benjamin MaysWhat happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?Bertolt BrechtThe whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.Bertrand RussellNo one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.Bertrand RussellIf a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.Bertrand RussellThe greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.Bertrand RussellI don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.Bill CosbyIf at first you don’t succeed, find out if the loser gets anything.Bill LyonThought is useful when it motivates for action, and a hindrance when it substitutes for action.Bill RaederAn optimist stays up to see the New Year in. A pessimist waits to make sure the old one leaves.Bill VaughanWe learn something every day, and lots of times it’s that what we learned the day before was wrong.Bill VaughanCareful. We don’t want to learn from this.Bill WattersonI really wish I was less of a thinking man and more of a fool not afraid of rejection.Billy JoelI have made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it shorter.Blaise PascalA single question can be more influential than a thousand statements.Bo BennettA bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.Bob HopeThe less you know, the more you believe.BonoWhen the student is ready the teacher will appear.Buddhist ProverbDon’t ever wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty, but the pig will enjoy it.Cale YarboroughThe most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.Calvin TrillinEverything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.Carl JungJust the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.Carl SaganSome people make things happen, some people watch things happen, and some ask what happened.Casey StengelIf you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.Catherine AirdYou don’t get anything clean without getting something else dirty.Cecil BaxterHappiness is the absence of striving for happiness.Chang-TzuFight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth, or the only truth.Charles A. DanaThe difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.Charles BukowskiAn inventor is simply a fellow who doesn’t take his education too seriously.Charles F. KetteringBureaucrats write memoranda both because they appear to be busy when they are writing and because the memos, once written, immediately become proof that they were busy.Charles PetersBy the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.Charles WadsworthHe who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.Chinese ProverbOne dog barks at something. And a hundred dogs bark at the sound.Chinese ProverbI hear: I forget / I see: I remember / I do: I understandChinese ProverbAsking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.Christopher HamptonThere is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.Christopher MorleyInspiration is for amateurs. I just get to work.Chuck CloseIn theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; In practice, there is.Chuck ReidWhen I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I’m beginning to believe it.Clarence DarrowLaughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else’s can shorten it.Cullen HightowerThere are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say.Cyril ConnollyBetter to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.Cyril ConnollySuccess is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.Dale CarnegieNever be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.Dame Edna EverageDo not condemn the judgement of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong.DandemisThe greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.Daniel J. BoorstinProcastination is not about not doing is about not doing and feeling crappy.David AllenYou can do anything, but not everything.David AllenIt is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.David BrinA committee can make a decision that is dumber than any of its members.David CobitzThe direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.David FriedmanTelevision enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn’t have in your home.David FrostDon’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.David Lloyd GeorgeThe tooth fairy teaches children that they can sell body parts for money.David RicherbyThe more you know, the more you realise how much you don’t know — the less you know, the more you think you know.David T. FreemanSimple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex and intelligent behavior. Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple and stupid behavior.Dee HockThe first step toward success will be the biggest one.Dennis WaitleyThere’s so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?Dick CavettIt’s a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn’t want to hear.Dick CavettIf your parents never had children, chances are you won’t, either.Dick CavettThere is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.Don HeroldProcrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.Don MarquisIf you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.Donald H. RumsfeldThe art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.Doug HortonInstead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.Doug LarsonI love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.Douglas AdamsHofstadter’s Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.Douglas HofstadterIn God we trust; all others bring data.Dr. Edwards DemingBe who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.Dr. SeussThe best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it.Dudley MooreIn preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.Dwight D. EisenhowerI arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.E. B. WhiteComputer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.E. W. DijkstraI am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.Edith SitwellIf only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.Edith WhartonTalent does what it can; genius does what it must.Edward Bulwer-LyttonJust because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.Edward R. MurrowThe skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.Edwin SchlossbergNo one can make you feel inferior without your consent.Eleanor RooseveltNormal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.Ellen GoodmanThe cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.Ellen ParrI don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to.Elvis PresleyIf the human mind was simple enough to understand, we’d be too simple to understand it.Emerson PughIf voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.Emma GoldmanThere is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.EpitectusYou can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.Eric HofferWhen people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.Eric HofferThe opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not.Eric HofferAdvice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.Erica JongCourage is grace under pressure.Ernest HemingwayYou can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There’s nothing to that.Ernest HemingwayA happy life is just a string of happy moments. But most people don’t allow the happy moment, because they’re so busy trying to get a happy life.Esther HicksBeing in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it’s important.Eugene McCarthyCharacter is what you have left when you’ve lost everything you can lose.Evan EsarAmerica believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.Evan EsarWe confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.Francois de La RochefoucauldWatch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.Lao TzeWe should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.Frank TiboltWriting about music is like dancing about architecture.Frank ZappaThe trouble with being punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it.Franklin P. JonesExperience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.Franklin P. JonesA celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.Fred AllenInsanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.Friedrich NietzscheThe man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.Friedrich NietzscheEducation… has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.G. M. TrevelyanI do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.Galileo GalileiI have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.Galileo GalileiYou must be the change you wish to see in the world.GandhiMy friends tell me I have an intimacy problem. But they don’t really know me.Garry ShandlingI’ve been trying for some time to develop a lifestyle that doesn’t require my presence.Gary TrudeauEveryone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.Georg Christoph LichtenbergMy way of joking is to tell the truth. It is the funniest joke in the world.George Bernard ShawThe fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.George Bernard ShawPatriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.George Bernard ShawToo bad the only people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair.George BurnsYou know you’re getting old when you stop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there.George BurnsIt takes only one drink to get me drunk. The trouble is, I can’t remember if it’s the thirteenth or the fourteenth.George BurnsAre people more violently opposed to fur rather than leather because its much easier to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs?George CarlinThe nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.George F. WillAll animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.George OrwellThose who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.George SantayanaA physicist is an atom’s way of knowing about atoms.George WaldI have too much respect for the idea of God to make it responsible for such an absurd world.Georges DuhamelSome people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it.Gordon R. Dickson2 is not equal to 3, not even for large values of 2.Grabel’s LawThose are my principles. If you don’t like them I have others.Groucho MarxA child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.Groucho MarxThere is no truth. There is only perception.Gustave FlaubertAll men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.H. L. MenckenThere is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.Harold StephensI once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays.Henny YoungmanMy Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn’t need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.Henny YoungmanThink like a man of action, act like a man of thought.Henri BergsonScience is facts; just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science.Henri PoincareTruly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence.Henrik TikkanenEvery generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.Henry David ThoreauA man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.Henry David ThoreauWhether you think you can or think you can’t — you are right.Henry FordWriting is good, thinking is better. Cleverness is good, patience is betterHermann HesseIf you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.Hermann HesseThe whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.Horace WalpoleScience is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.Immanuel KantIf the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.Isaac AsimovPart of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.Isaac AsimovIf I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.Isaac NewtonOnce the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box.Italian ProverbI don’t deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don’t deserve that either.Jack BennyI have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something.Jackie MasonIt’s no longer a question of staying healthy. It’s a question of finding a sickness you like.Jackie MasonThe world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation.Jacob BronowskiDream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.James DeanToo many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death.James F. ByrnesA myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.James FeiblemanIt is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.James ThurberHe knows all about art, but he doesn’t know what he likes.James ThurberNo matter what side of the argument you are on, you always find people on your side that you wish were on the other.Jascha HeifetzLife is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism; the way you play it is free will.Jawaharlal NehruOnly the mediocre are always at their best.Jean GiraudouxA timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.Jean Paul RichterMy pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists.Jean RostandA good tool improves the way you work. A great tool improves the way you think.Jeff DuntemannA person who trusts no one can’t be trusted.Jerome BlattnerI like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.Jerome K. JeromeSometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.Jerry SeinfeldIf God lived on earth, people would break his windows.Jewish ProverbIf the phone doesn’t ring, it’s me.Jimmy BuffetWe are the people our parents warned us about.Jimmy BuffettThe only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well.Joe AncisIf it weren’t for my lawyer, I’d still be in prison. It went a lot faster with two people digging.Joe MartinIt is in self-limitation that a master first shows himself.Johann GoetheMistrust the man who finds everything good, the man who finds everything evil and still more the man who is indifferent to everything.Johann K. LavaterIn mathematics you don’t understand things. You just get used to them.Johann von NeumannThe intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.Johann Wolfgang von GoetheThe only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.John Kenneth GalbraithA man always has two reasons for what he does-a good one, and the real one.John Pierpont MorganWhat we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.John RuskinWe are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.John W. GardnerHalf the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.John WanamakerBefore I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.John WilmotNo wise man ever wished to be younger.Jonathan SwiftMan has to suffer. When he has no real afflictions, he invents some.Jose MartiI hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.Joseph BarettiA fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool.Joseph RouxA single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.Joseph StalinAlways be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else.Judy GarlandImagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.Jules de GaultierLaziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.Jules RenardIt is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.KrishnamurtiIf you want truly to understand something, try to change it.Kurt LewinThose who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.Kurt VonnegutAnother flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.Kurt VonnegutA journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.Lao TzuTruth over Harmony.Larry BossidyOriginality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.Laurence J. PeterAny event, once it has occurred, can be made to appear inevitable by a competent historian.Lee SimonsonEveryone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.Leo TolstoySimplicity is the ultimate sophistication.Leonardo da VinciBesides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.Lian YutangSometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.Lily TomlinThe trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.Lily TomlinI always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.Lily TomlinWhen hungry, eat your rice; when tired, close your eyes. Fools may laugh at me, but wise men will know what I mean.Lin-ChiThe best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.Linus PaulingThe highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it.Lord MacaulayLife is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.Lou HoltzLove thy neighbour as yourself, but choose your neighbourhood.Louise BealWisdom is knowing the right path to take… Integrity is taking it.M. H. McKeeIt is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly.Mabel NewcomberThe difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would solve most the worlds problems.GandhiAn eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.GandhiGod has no religion.GandhiEducation’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.Malcolm ForbesThe real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.Marcel ProustMost conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of witnesses.Margaret MillarTimes have not become more violent. They have just become more televised.Marilyn MansonTo acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.Marilyn vos SavantIf everything’s under control, you’re going too slow.Mario AndrettiIt is surprinsingly how easy it is to forget that the way to get things done is to do them.Mark ForsterThe difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.Mark TwainNever argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.Mark TwainMost people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.Mark TwainTo cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did; I ought to know because I’ve done it a thousand times.Mark TwainA lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.Mark TwainIf you eat a frog first thing in the morning, the rest of your day will be wonderful.Mark TwainIf you have to eat a frog, don’t look at it for too long.Mark TwainIf you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.Mark TwainIt is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.Mark TwainNever put off until tomorrow, what you can put off until the day after tomorrow.Mark TwainWhenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.Mark TwainWhen a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, simply drop it.Marquis de VauvenarguesI don’t necessarily agree with everything I say.Marshall McLuhanThere is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it.Mary Wilson LittleIf God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets.Mel BrooksThe coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave man…only five hundred.Meredith WillsonI can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.Michael JordanThe more you can dream, the more you can do.Michael KordaYou don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.Michael PritchardArithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes.Mickey MouseA man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.MontaigneWe can do no great things, only small things with great love.Mother TeresaA complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.Murphy’s Law of ComputingNever ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by incompetence.Napoleon (Hanlon’s Razor)History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.Napoleon BonaparteNever interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.Napoleon BonaparteI’ve gone into hundreds of [fortune-teller’s parlors], and have been told thousands of things, but nobody ever told me I was a policewoman getting ready to arrest her.New York City detectiveThe opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.Niels BohrI like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.Noel CowardInsane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.Nora EphronWhen you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.Norm CrosbyThere is no greater impotence in all the world like knowing you are right and that the wave of the world is wrong, yet the wave crashes upon you.Norman MailerHeroism consists of hanging on one minute longer.Norwegian sayingYou probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.Olin MillerThe little I know I owe to my ignorance.Orville MarsWhat the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.Oscar LevantAlways forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.Oscar WildeTrue friends stab you in the front.Oscar WildeBe yourself; everyone else is already taken.Oscar WildeI am not young enough to know everything.Oscar WildeTruth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.Oscar WildeEvery saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.Oscar WildeThere is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.Oscar WildeImagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.Oscar WildeLaws are like sausages. It’s better not to see them being made.Otto von BismarckAction is the foundational key to all success.Pablo PicassoComputers are useless. They can only give you answers.Pablo PicassoThe best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.Paul ValeryThere is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.Peter F. DruckerSome people have so much respect for their superiors they have none left for themselves.Peter McArthurWise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.PlatoWrite drunk, revise sober.Poet’s MottoI have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.Poul AndersonTechnology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand.Putt’s LawSome things have to be believed to be seen.Ralph HodgsonThe test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.Ralph W. SockmanI hate quotations. Tell me what you know.Ralph Waldo EmersonYou have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.Ray BradburyA pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities; an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.Reginald B. MansellGrant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change thing I can, and wisdom to know the difference.Reinhold NiebuhrEach problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.Rene DescartesProgramming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.Rich CookI quit therapy because my analyst was trying to help me behind my back.Richard LewisOne of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.Rita Mae BrownAn undefined problem has an infinite number of solutions.Robert A. HumphreyUnderstanding is simple. Knowing is complicated.Robert FrippA jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.Robert FrostTwo roads diverged in a wood, and I–/ I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference.Robert FrostWhile I am opposed to all orthodox creeds, I have a creed myself; and my creed is this. Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so. This creed is somewhat short, but it is long enough for this life, strong enough for this world. If there is another world, when we get there we can make another creed.Robert Green IngersollProgress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.Robert HeinleinThe only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.Robert M. PirsigIt is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, ‘Go away, I’m looking for the truth.’ and so it goes away. Puzzling.Robert M. PirsigWhen one person suffers from a delusion It is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion It is called Religion.Robert M. PirsigThere’s so much pollution in the air now that if it weren’t for our lungs there’d be no place to put it all.Robert OrbenWe’ve heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.Robert WilenskyIf the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside.Robert X. CringelyI haven’t spoken to my wife in years. I didn’t want to interrupt her.Rodney DangerfieldMy wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.Rodney DangerfieldIf there’s only one answer, then this must not be a very interesting topic.Ron JeffriesNobody believes the official spokesman… but everybody trusts an unidentified source.Ron NesenAbortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.Ronald ReaganAfter twelve years of therapy my psychiatrist said something that brought tears to my eyes. He said, ‘No hablo ingles.’Ronnie ShakesInanimate objects are classified scientifically into three major categories – those that don’t work, those that break down and those that get lost.Russell BakerO Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.Saint AugustineThere are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.Saint Theresa of JesusYou almost never get the pleasure of seeing that you won the argument in real time. People just don’t like to publicly change their minds. They change their minds in private.Sam HarrisWhat shapes our lives are the questions we ask, refuse to ask, or never think to ask.Sam KeenSomewhere on this globe, every ten seconds, there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped.Sam LevensonIt’s so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don’t say it.Sam LevensonWhat is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.Samuel JohnsonYour manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.Samuel JohnsonIf there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?Scott AdamsIf you can eliminate all the other choices, the remaining choice, no matter how improbable, is the answer.Sherlock HolmesIn the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.Shunryu SuzukiAn honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.Simon CameronAn honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.Simon CameronNot only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.Sir Arthur EddingtonI don’t mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don’t understand.Sir Edward AppletonBy all means marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher… and that is a good thing for any man.SocratesThe only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.SocratesThe unexamined life is not worth living.SocratesTrue wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.SocratesTo a brave man, good and bad luck are like his left and right hand. He uses both.St Catherine of SienaWhen you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards!Steve JobsFailure to plan ahead on your part does not create an emergency on my part.Steven DutchWith or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.Steven WeinbergMillions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.Susan ErzFortune does not change men, it unmasks them.Suzanne NeckerWhen I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’Sydney J. HarrisHave the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.Sydney SmithIf I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner.Tallulah BankheadWe don’t see the things the way they are. We see things the way WE are.TalmundIf I only had a little humility, I’d be perfect.Ted TurnerThere is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.TerenceEvery great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.Thomas H. HuxleyTry to learn something about everything and everything about something.Thomas H. HuxleyThe way to succeed is to double your error rate.Thomas J. WatsonIn archaeology you uncover the unknown. In diplomacy you cover the known.Thomas PickeringWhen a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him.Thomas SzaszInvention is the mother of necessity.Thorstein VeblenI have such a high regard for the truth that I use it sparingly.Timothy ConnorWomen who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.Timothy LearyA cult is a religion with no political power.Tom WolfeThe best way to get a better answer is to start asking a better question.Tony RobbinsThe things you own end up owning you.Tyler Durden, in Fight ClubThe real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.Umberto EcoNobody knows the age of the human race, but everybody agrees that it is old enough to know better.Unknown AuthorLearn from the mistakes of others, because you can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.Unknown AuthorOpportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.Unknown AuthorQuidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur. (Whatever is said in Latin sounds profound.)Unknown AuthorI wish I was as certain about anything, as he is about everything.Unknown AuthorManagement works within the system. Leadership works on the system.Unknown AuthorThere are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don’t.Unknown AuthorI would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.Unknown AuthorIf you don’t know where you’re going, you don’t know when you’re lost.Unknown AuthorBe kind to unkind people – they need it the most.Unknown AuthorIt takes about ten years to get used to how old you are.Unknown AuthorTo fight a bull when you are not scared is nothing. And to not fight a bull when you are scared is nothing. But to fight a bull when you are scared is something.Unknown AuthorSome people have nothing very well organized. And some people have nothing, very well organized.Unknown AuthorWhat if this weren’t a hypothetical question?Unknown AuthorThe fact that no one understands you doesn’t mean you’re an artist.Unknown AuthorTell a man there are 300 Billion stars in the universe and he’ll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he’ll have to touch to be sure.Unknown AuthorA wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top.Unknown AuthorDiscipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most.Unknown AuthorWhen an ordinary man attains knowledge he is a sage; when a sage attains understanding he is an ordinary man.Unknown authorNever try to please everyone. Your goal should be to become the hated enemy of certain kinds of people.Unknown AuthorEveryone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege.Unknown AuthorThe richest man is not he who has the most, but he who needs the least.Unknown AuthorWork like you don’t need money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like no one’s watchingUnknown AuthorExperience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.Vernon Sanders LawLaughter is the shortest distance between two people.Victor BorgeI don’t mind what Congress does, as long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses.Victor HugoTry a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.Virgil Garnett ThomsonAmong those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.W. H. AudenThe very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.Wallace WattlesYou’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play.Warren BeattyIt makes more sense to buy a wonderful business at a fair price than it does to buy a fair business at a wonderful price.Warren BuffetYou miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.Wayne GretzkyAlways and never are two words you should always remember never to use.Wendell JohnsonResearch is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.Wernher von BraunThe truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self.Whitney YoungEven if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.Will RogersThe trouble with being poor is that it takes up all of your time.Willem de KooningThe pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.William Arthur WardIt is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.William BlakeIt is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.William G. McAdooThe future is here. It’s just not widely distributed yet.William GibsonI feel like a fugitive from the law of averages.William H. MauldinAfter one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say I want to see the manager.William S. BurroughsWhen two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.William Wrigley Jr.I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.Wilson MiznerSuccess consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.Winston ChurchillA fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.Winston ChurchillI took a speed reading course and read ‘War and Peace’ in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.Woody AllenIf you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.Woody AllenNo one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.Yogi BerraBefore enlightnment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightnment, chop wood, carry water.Zen proverbPeople often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.Zig ZiglarWhen I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.Henny YoungmanIt’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.Mark TwainWhen your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old.Mark TwainSometimes when reading Goethe I have the paralyzing suspision that he is trying to be funny.Guy DavenportSeriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.Oscar WildeHonest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.Franklin P. JonesA conclusion is the place where you got tired thinking.Martin H. FischerNever believe anything until it has been officially denied.Claud CockburnI’ve done the calculation and your chances of winning the lottery are identical whether you play or not.Fran LebowitzFirst we make our habits, then our habits make us.Charles C. NobleThe true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.Samuel JohnsonUntil you’ve lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was.Margaret MitchellA writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.Thomas ManneI never apologize. I’m sorry, but that’s just the way I am.Homer SimpsonThe secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.Groucho MarxNever try and teach a pig to think … It doesn’t work, and will only upset the pig.Unknown AuthorA genius! For 37 years I’ve practised fourteen hours a day, and now they call me a genius!Pablo Sarasate (Spanish Violinist)If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.Henry David ThoreauThe nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.Andrew S. TanenbaumWho looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.Carl JungMy definition of an expert in any field is a person who knows enough about what’s really going on to be scared.P. J. PlaugerEighty percent of success is showing up.Woody Allen‘Someday’ is the day after you die.Steve PavlinaI can’t understand why a person will take a year to write a novel when he can easily buy one for a few dollars.Fred AllenTime flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.Groucho MarxYou will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.BuddhaWho is wise? He who learns from all men.Ben ZomaDream is not the thing what you see in sleep, dream is the thing that does not let you sleep.Adbul KalamIf people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.MichelangeloWhen I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.George Bernard ShawThere are only two ways of telling the complete truth–anonymously and posthumously.Thomas SowellWhen a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.George Bernard ShawDon’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.Charles M. SchulzTomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.Spanish ProverbWhen I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.R. Buckminster FullerLife is based on perception,
Perception is based on opinion,
Opinion is based on thought,
Thought comes from the mind.
Change your mind , change your life.Unknown AuthorYou can never get enough of what you don’t really need.Eric HofferTime is that quality of nature which keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it doesn’t seem to be workingUnknown AuthorAn incompetent attorney can delay a trial for months or years. A competent attorney can delay one even longer.Evelle J. YoungerI’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.Kurt CobainPractice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.Vince LombardiNever judge a book by its movie.J. W. EaganThe more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.George Bernard ShawI can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it.Jack HandeyA man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.GandhiWhy does the Air Force need expensive new bombers? Have the people we’ve been bombing over the years been complaining?George WallaceBefore you go and criticize the younger generation, just remember who raised them.Unknown AuthorIt’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.Albert EinsteinI have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.Mark TwainTime is the stuff life is made of.Benjamin FranklinEven a stopped clock is right twice a day.Marie von Ebner-EschenbachTime you enjoy wasting is not wasted.John LennonI hope that while so many people are out smelling the flowers, someone is taking the time to plant some.Herbert RappaportWhen a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.George Bernard ShawSilence is so accurate.Mark RothkoMoney doesn’t change you; it reveals who you are when you no longer have to be nice.Unknown AuthorQuiet is the absence of sound. Silence is the presence of silence.Robert FrippLove is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.H. L. MenckenIf you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake.Frank WilczekThe reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.George Bernard ShawIt is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.Harry TrumanI don’t care what is written about me so long as it isn’t true.Dorothy ParkerI don’t know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn’t.Jules RenardThe bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.Michael AlthsulerThe art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.Alfred North WhiteheadYou can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.Naguib MahfouzThe difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.Will Rogers
It’s not the qualifications, the distinguished CV or the title that makes the leader, but what they do every day. David Kesby sets out the ten behaviours of a wise manager
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Top boss gripes rated…
Workplace culture in the US and the UK might be different – but it seems some things are universal: including moaning about bosses.
A US-based global human resource consulting firm – Development Dimensions International – teamed up with badbossology.com, which describes itself as a bad-boss protection resource site, to find out leadership sins.
Top of the list were:
* Being everyone’s friend
* Arrogance – particularly male bosses
* Inability to delegate – particularly female bosses
* Risk averse – cited by four times as many male employees as female
The survey also asked for the top three qualities people would like to see in their bosses – trust in employees topped the list followed by honesty and integrity with team building skills in third place.
Courage is not the absence of fear — it’s inspiring others to move beyond it
Lead from the front — but don’t leave your base behind
Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front
Know your enemy — and learn about his favorite sport
Keep your friends close — and your rivals even closer
Appearances matter — and remember to smile
Nothing is black or white
Quitting is leading too
Ultimately, the key to understanding Mandela is those 27 years in prison. The man who walked onto Robben Island in 1964 was emotional, headstrong, easily stung. The man who emerged was balanced and disciplined. He is not and never has been introspective. I often asked him how the man who emerged from prison differed from the willful young man who had entered it. He hated this question. Finally, in exasperation one day, he said, “I came out mature.” There is nothing so rare — or so valuable — as a mature man.