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Snippets For Leaders

Thomas F. Fischer

Number 124

"I am convinced that if the rate of change inside an organization is less than the rate of change outside, the end is in sight."
John Welch, CEO of General Electric
 
"The achievement of excellence can occur only if the organization promotes a culture of creative dissatisfaction."
Lawrence Miller
 
"When initiating change, some people don’t get mad; they just get even. They know of no other response."
 
"The greatest hindrance for a change agent, is to be too stymied by the mythological ideal of perfection portrayed in our society. Leadership in this world belongs to the quick and the bold…not the perfect."
Adapted from Richard S. Sloma
 
"The only completely consistent people are dead. Sometimes you just have to change course."
Aldous Huxley
 
"A mistake in judgment isn’t fatal, but too much anxiety about judgment is."
Pauline Kaul
 
"The ineffective leader is usually paralyzed by one or all of the "Three ‘P’s": Perfection, Procrastination, and Paralysis."
Terry Paulson
 
"The illiterate leaders of the future are not those who can’t read and write but those that cannot learn, unlearn, and re-learn."
Alvin Toffler in Future Shock
 
"The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything."
Bishop W.C. Magee
 
"When you rest, you rust."
Martin Luther
 
"I am not judged by the number of times I fail but by the number of times I succeed,
and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I
can fail and keep on trying."
Tom Hopkins
 
"Leaders know the value of positioning. It’s easiest to ride a horse in the direction its going. But, if the horse is dead, get off it!"
Harvey Swanson
 
"I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me."
Abraham Lincoln.
 
"There are four types of performance:
  1. Performance with bad luck and bad timing results in disaster.
  2. Performance with good luck but bad timing results in a happy accident.
  3. Performance with good luck and good timing results in super results.
  4. Performance with bad luck but good timing results in heroic efforts."
Terry Paulson
 
"If you want to have a good idea, have a lot of them."
Thomas Edison
 
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
Theodore Roosevelt
 
"In leadership, some days you’re the bug; other days you’re the windshield."
Candid Camera
 
"The ‘Three P’s" of effective leadership are Performance, Positioning, and Perseverance."
Terry Paulson
 
"The most exciting environments—that treated people very well—are also tough as nails. There is no mumbo-jumbo…Excellent organizations provide two things simultaneously: tough environments and very supportive environments."
Tom Peters
 
"I’m not a great motivator. I just get rid of the guys who can’t motivate themselves."
Lou Holtz
 
"A good leader doesn’t try and eliminate conflict; he tried to keep it from wasting the energies of his people. If you’re the boss, and your people fight you openly when they thin you are wrong—that’s healthy. If they fight each other openly in your presence for what they believe in—that’s healthy. But keep all the conflict eyeball to eyeball."
Robert Townsend
 
"The major reason capable people fail to advance is that they don’t work well with their colleagues. The statement, ‘He’s good, but he has trouble getting along with other people,’ is the kiss of death for management potential….The key to success is not information. It’s people."
Lee Iacocca
 
"Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you."
Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:44)
 
"I don’t like that man. I’m going to have to get to know him better."
Abraham Lincoln
 
"There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit."
Leslie G. McGraw, Jr.
 
"Ready—fire—aim."
 
"A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but it is miles ahead in results."
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
 
"Poorly handled feedback can precipitate destructive conflict. Well-handled feedback can short-circuit the need for conflict. Eliminating surprises can often make the difference."
Terry Paulson
 
"As you go through life you are going to have many opportunities to keep your mouth shut. Take advantage of all of them."
James Dent
 
"You have not converted a man because you have silenced him."
John Moorley
 

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