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Things to Think About - A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected

Understanding this simple concept, and applying it, is what sets good leaders apart from all the others who are struggling with lack of engagement in their workforce and the attendant lack of creative, innovative, competition-beating thinking that they wish “their people” had. more >>

Things to Think About - There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs

What a wonderful reminder that there is no easy way to be successful, especially as professionals.  One measure of success is one’s reputation, or brand, as I like to say. more >>

Things to Think About - The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary

This quote obviously applies to an English language dictionary, but its relevance is nothing short of universal.  I first heard this as a young sales trainee.  Our instructor was trying to get an important point across to us—if you want to be successful, you have to want it badly enough to work... more >>

Things to Think About - We never have enough money to do it right, but we always find the money to do it again

I was introduced to Gordon Tredgold, a leadership coach, recently by a mutual friend who thought that Gordon’s thinking and approach to leadership would resonate with me. He was right. more >>

For when lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner

Henry V is without doubt my favorite Shakespeare play.  It has been used for many years in workshops and seminars on leadership, because of its deep insights into, not only the evolution and development of Henry as a leader, but his common-sense approach to facing difficult situations and ... more >>

Things to Think About - Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out

Born in the farm country of Indiana (as was I), John Wooden’s Mid-Western common sense is on full display here.  As a coach at UCLA, Wooden won more NCAA Championships than any other coach in the history of basketball. more >>

Things to Think About - To add value to others, one must first value others

Isn’t common sense wonderful?  Think about this for a moment.  Let’s say you are really, really smart.  You have great ideas that are relevant.  Let’s face it, you can add great value. more >>

When the king is a liar, truth becomes treason

When I first read this, I felt a chill.  It resonated so deeply with me and it also spoke of such a clear and present danger.  There are so many obvious applications for this today that I won’t comment on them.  However, think about this in the context of business. more >>

Things to Think About - Plan your work and work your plan

It’s such a simple quote, but it’s packed with common-sense wisdom.  I first heard these words more than 50 years ago as a young salesman who was overwhelmed with trying to figure out what to do to be successful. more >>

Things to Think About - You change people, or you change people

This little gem of a quote is packed with so much wisdom for leaders. Two key things good leaders must do: Bring out the best in others and, make tough decisions at times.  There is no question that there is a learning curve for us all when we encounter a new position or face a new challenge we... more >>

Things to Think About 03.12.2018

There is a story about how Queen Victoria, who, upon noticing her foreign guests drinking from their finger bowls, drank from hers as well, which demonstrated the apotheosis of empathy. more >>

The world is becoming very cosmopolitan, but we are separated more by ignorance than diversity

I love a good paradox, especially one that could awaken something in us that deserves our attention. This quote is a wonderful example because it speaks to the most perplexing part of something we live with every day, but do not yet understand: globalization. more >>

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary

The first time I heard this wonderful maxim, I was a young salesman and my boss was trying to impress upon me the importance of discipline and structure in how you approached things.  Another thing he used to say was, “Plan your work and work your plan.” more >>

Things to Think About - Many people listen with the intent to respond, not to understand

A couple of hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are rolled back in his head. more >>

Things to Think About - When you speak, you only repeat what you know. But, if you listen ...

Okay, okay, I can hear you saying to yourself, “Yeah, but what I know is important and I need to say it!”  No problem, I get that, but let’s apply some contextual understanding to this wonderful quote from His Holiness the Dali Lama. more >>

Things to Think About - Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision

After more than five decades of collecting quotes, this one, undoubtedly, is among my all-time favorites. Why? Because for me, for a quote to be at its best, it must be an absolute truth; it must come from someone who is credible to speak its words; it must deliver meaningful insights in a most... more >>

Things to Think About - The higher we are placed, the more humble we should walk

2,000 years ago, a Roman politician and lawyer, who arguably, had more influence than any other on the prose of Latin and European languages, sent to the future insights that are as relevant today as they were when he spoke them. Why? more >>

If you want to hire and retain chess players, you can’t treat them like chess pieces

What a wonderful reminder of what it takes to be a leader in the 21 st century.  Leaders today are facing so many challenges from every direction, that they must surround themselves with “chess players”—people who can think three of four moves ahead and who can pick up on the market nuances ... more >>

Things to Think About - You miss 100% of the shots you never take

I love this quote because it’s short, to the point, true, and unforgettable.  It speaks directly to the procrastinator in all of us.  Especially when we know there is something we should attempt.  It could be a presentation, a phone call, a project, or an apology. more >>

Things to think about - Love is a better teacher than duty

I always find Albert Einstein’s down-to-earth insights into everyday life so refreshing. This quote reminds us of the importance of finding something we love to which we commit our time and energy. Einstein’s love of physics was the joy of his life, and it is what drove him to learn and achieve... more >>
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