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Monday, September 27, 2010

Great quotes about business, leadership and learning

4:39:00 PM Posted by Oscar Berg No comments
BUSINESS

“The single biggest reason companies fail is that they overinvest in what is, as opposed to what might be.”
Gary Hamel

As soon as fun becomes part of a corporate strategy it ceases to be fun.”
The Economist

Insanity is thinking that you’ll get different results doing the same things over and over again.”
Elena Benitoruiz

If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.”
Mario Andretti

...culture isn't just one aspect of the game - it IS the game.”
Lou Gerstner, former IBM CEO

Success hides problems...you don't need to address problems.”
Ed Catmull, Pixar

LEADERSHIP

“The essence of leadership is building bonds of trust in your organization.”
Colin Powell

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
Peter F. Drucker

“Great leaders are driven by an unbending purpose. As a result, they are willing to take personal risks.”
Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones

This era doesn't call for better management. It calls for a renaissance of self-direction.”
Daniel H. Pink (from "Drive")

“The best way to destroy a relationship is to try to manage what the other person does.”
Allan Mitchell

“Control leads to compliance; autonomy leads to engagement.”
Daniel H. Pink (from "Drive")

“If you put fences around people, you get sheep. Give people the room they need. Hire good people, and leave them alone.”
William L. McKnight, president and chairman of 3M in 1930/40s

LEARNING

“The empires of the future will be empires of the mind.”
Winston Churchill

“If birth is your login to this world, your passions are your password.”
Being Bruce, @BruceBrownNC

“Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

I am always doing things I can't do — that's how I get to do them.”
Pablo Picasso

Everything is hard before it is easy.”
Carol Dweck

Everything can look like a failure in the middle.”
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, professor at Harvard Business School

“To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated.”
James Carse

“To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all.”
Peter McWilliams

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