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Things to Think About - For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong

I can’t think of a quote that sums up the wave of populism that is impacting governments around the world today.  I would also add that this applies to businesses, too. While I realize that most of like simple answers, we do so, many times, without regard to context and motivation. more >>

Things to Think About - All that’s needed for evil to triumph, is for good men and women to do nothing

In this age of populism and divisiveness, could there be a more relevant time for this wonderful quote from the distinguished 18 th century Irish Statesman, Edmund Burke? more >>

Forum 2000 starts with tributes to Liu Xiaobo

The 21st edition of Forum 2000 conference, with the title Strengthening Democracy in Uncertain Times, launched with an opening ceremony at Prague Crossroads, the former St. Anne's Church in Prague's Old Town. The main theme was a tribute to Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo, the 2010 ... more >>

Things to Think About - We may build on emotions but we also need reason to cast light on our efforts

The more I read about the first Czechoslovak president, Tomas Garrigue, the more I appreciate his common sense and wisdom as a leader.  Here, for example, he recognizes human nature—emotions, but he hastens to add the element of critical thinking in decision making. more >>

Things to Think About - In the ashes of suffering a Phoenix can be born

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, who has written more than 100 books.  He is someone who has experienced tremendous hardship and has used it to drive himself forward to something of a greater good. more >>

Things to Think About - Man is disturbed not by things, but by the views he takes of them

It is often said that the true test of worth is the test of time. If that’s true, this 2,000 year old quote is surely one of the most valuable quotes I have collected in my more than 50 years of collecting. more >>

Things to Think About - Courage is a love affair with the unknown

Someone once told me that for a leader to succeed in the 21 st century they would to master how to become comfortable in uncomfortable circumstances, because the velocity of change and flood of information is too great today.  It’s not possible to know it all, as many leaders felt they did in ... more >>

Things to Think About - Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will

This particular quote is a wonderful example of why I have collected quotes for more than 50 years, and why some of them ring so loudly with the truth, you can almost hear it.  It is a quote that resonates deep within, especially to those of us who were afraid to do something—something we ... more >>

Things to Think About - For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong

Welcome to the age of populism and what better quote to remind us of what populism is all about?  The need for critical thinking has never been greater and, sadly enough, never been made more difficult with all the static and misinformation that whirls around us daily. more >>

Things to Think About - Inspiring conduct has so much more of an impact than coercing it

It’s such a simple quote, but it represents a concept that is all too often missed by leaders.  Leadership in the 20 th century was all about status and authority, things that signaled the likelihood of a directive coming from someone that was to be followed without question. more >>

Things to Think About - The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare

This quote triggers thoughts in me about Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule and Geoff Colvin’s book, Talent is Overrated. There is something about investing the time and energy into preparing one’s self that makes the victory, or success, not only worth it, but deserved. more >>

Things to Think About - You just can't beat the person who never gives up

Think about this quote the next time circumstances appear overwhelming, you’re feeling down, and you hear that voice of doubt telling you to give up.  It’s not unusual to feel this way, to be sure, but what is unusual, for many of us, is to realize that many times victory comes not from talent ... more >>

Things to Think About - It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop

What wonderful comfort for those of us who are a bit slower at figuring things out at times, or are feeling a bit overwhelmed.  Many years ago I interviewed a successful entrepreneur who had overcome many setbacks before achieving his success. more >>

Things to Think About - It's what you learn after you know it all that counts

This quote is one of those little gems that just get better the more one thinks about it.  It’s the age-old observation about knowledge versus wisdom and it rings as clear today as it ever has. It is so simple, but putting this quote into context can be the source of much thought or, better yet,... more >>

Things to Think About - The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you

I hesitated at first to use this quote from Epictetus, because I could hear a chorus of people saying, “So, Pepper, tell me something I didn’t already know!” more >>

Things to Think About - Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking

Timing is everything!  How many times have heard that?  But, the real question is, how many times have you used it to procrastinate? more >>

Things to Think About - It’s not about who’s right. It’s about what’s right

To me, critical thinking is about discovery; the discovery of truth.  This is how leaders build reputations for fairness and a personal brand that encourages open, honest dialogue, all of which delivers to them, not only quality input from a broad spectrum of sources, but highly cohesive teams. more >>

Things to Think About - Power is a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim’s sympathies

In his recent piece in The Atlantic, Jerry Useem writes about the potential brain damage caused by “power”.  His opening, supported by scientific study, is chilling: Over time, leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people—that were essential to their rise. more >>

Things to Think About - Until you make your life your own you are walking around in borrowed clothes

Isn’t this a wonderful image?  Warren Bennis had such a gift for simplifying important, complex concepts and, in keeping with his metaphor, maybe we should look at life this way: Every time you do something that helps define yourself—an action, a comment, an achievement—it’s like adding ... more >>

Things to Think About - As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration

This quote is a wake-up call.  It’s a call to honest reflection about your life, how you spend your time and, more important, whom you spend it with.  Someone said that we are the average of the five people we choose to spend time with. more >>
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