You need to get to the future, ahead of your customers, and be ready to greet them when they arrive.
– – Mark Beniodd, CEO Salesforce.com
You never see a conductor play an instrument.
– – Larry Steinhauer
Leaders are not paid to make the inevitable happen.
– – Anonymous
Leaders are not paid to make the inevitable happen.
– – Vince Langley
If you can’t change the people, change the people.
– – Michael Canic
CEO’s job is to grow it, not run it.
– – Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinkos
Decide democratically, implement dictatorially.
– – Peter Schutz, CEO of Porsche 1981-1986
If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.
– – Jim Rohn
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
– – Winston Churchill
You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own.
– – Mark Victor Hansen
Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what
– – Khalil Gibran
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
– – Albert Einstein
Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
– – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
– – George Bernard Shaw
Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.
– -Warren Bennis
I love listening. It’s one of the only spaces where you can be still, and moved, at the same time.
– -Nayyirah Waheed
Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.
A leader that won’t listen to others will eventually be surrounded by people that have nothing to say.
– -Andy Stanley
Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed.
– -Indra Nooyi, Chairman/CEO Pepsi
Courage is not limited to the battlefield. The real tests of courage are much quieter. They are the inner tests, like enduring pain when the room is empty or standing alone when you’re misunderstood.
– -Charles Swindoll
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.
– -C.S. Lewis
We should try to be the parents of our future rather than the offspring of our past.
– -Miguel de Unamuno
Today you will get something that was not guaranteed. One more day. Out of which to create the ‘you’ that works for you. And to decide what that day will be, and who you will be. You can write one more blank check, and let others fill in the amount;
or, you can decide on the payees in your life, and what and how you chose to give. No magic. We all get this choice every day.
– -Larry M. Cassidy, Vistage Master Chair
One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.
– -Gilbert K. Chesterton
Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought.
– -Albert Szent-Györgyi
If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.
– -Jack Welch
What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.
– -Dwight Eisenhower
Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
– -Dale Carnegie
If we only focus on fixing what’s wrong, we forget to notice and build what is good and strong.
– -Rebecca Wilkinson
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
– -Mark Twain
Compete with things to come – not with things that were.
– -Carlos Rizowy
Innovation is hard because ‘solving a problem people didn’t know they had’ and ‘building something no one needs’ look identical at first.
– -Aaron Levine
Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.
– -Jack Welch
Of the many, many things about which we are unclear, or of which we are unaware, our impact upon others is at or near the top.
– -Larry Cassidy, Vistage Master Chair
Yesterday’s Home Runs don’t win today’s games.
– -Babe Ruth
Your peer group are people with similar dreams, goals and worldviews. They are people who will push you in exchange for being pushed, who will raise the bar and tell you the truth. They’re not in your business, but they’re in your shoes. Finding a peer group and working with them, intentionally and on a regular schedule, might be the single biggest boost your career can experience.
– -Seth Godin
Success is when you add value to yourself. Significance is when you add value to others.
– -John Maxwell
Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.
– -Joel A. Barker
We must lose sight of the shore if we do, in fact, hope to discover something new.
– -Gary Belmonti
Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.
– -Chinese Proverb
You can tell whether a person is clever by
his/her answers. You can tell whether a person is wise by his/her questions.
– -Naguib Mahfouz
It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed.
– -Harvey S. Firestone
Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water.
– -Bruce Lee
We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
– -Albert Einstein
Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
– -Dwight D. Eisenhower
If I only had one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem,and only five minutes finding the solution.
– -Albert Einstein
Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself.
It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult.
– -Warren Bennis
Create goals, not for what you’ll achieve,
but for who you’ll get to be in the process.
Vision without execution
– -Thomas A. Edison
The art of being wise is the
art of knowing what to overlook.
– -William James
Leadership is not magnetic personality — that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people’ — that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.
– -Peter F. Drucker
Most people need repetition
more than instruction.
Our job as marketers and leaders,
is to create vibrant pockets, not to hunt for mass.
– -Seth Godin
What you do speaks so loudly,
I can’t hear what you say.
– -Ralph Waldo Emerson
To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.
– -Benjamin Franklin
What we do today, right now,
will have an accumulated effect on all our tomorrows.
– -Alexandra Stoddard
There are only 2 ways to influence human behavior,
you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.
– -Simon Sinek
Sooner or later,
those who win
are those who think they can
– -Dr. Paul Tournier
The best way to predict the future
is to invent it
– -Peter Drucker
We cannot become what we need to be
by remaining what we are
– -Max Depree
Giving people permission to fail
is more important than giving them the tools to succeed.
I am part of all whom I have met.
– -Alfred Lord Tennyson
The key is not to prioritize
what’s on your schedule,
schedule your priorities.
– -Stephen Covey
We are what we think.
All that we are
arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts
we make the world.
Those who failed to oppose me,
who readily agreed with me and accepted all my views,
were those who did me the most injury.
How you do anything
how you do everything.
all communities eventually get to a place
where business as usual cannot be tweaked any more
it is then, that we need a new story
a new paradigm
a new system
for the future we wish to live into
Forget past mistakes.
Forget everything except
what you’re going to do now
and do it.
–William C. Durant, Founder, General Motors
Don’t look out the window for reasons you can’t succeed,
Look in the mirror for the key to success.
–Steve Yastrow, Vistage Speaker
A desk is a dangerous place
from which to view the world.
–John le Carré
The best advice we will ever give won’t be written or spoken;
it will be in the example of how we live our lives.
What are you an example of today?
–Mike Scott, Vistage Speaker
We are shaping the world faster than we can change
ourselves, and we are applying to the present,
the habits of the past.
The poorest person in the world
is not the one without money
but one without vision.
The goal is to manage agreements,
People don’t like to be managed.
There is only one success:
to be able to spend your life
in your own way.
— Christopher Morley
Come mothers and fathers
throughout the land
and don’t criticize
what you can’t understand
your sons and your daughters
are beyond your command
your old road is
please get out of the new one
if you can’t lend your hand
for the times they are a-changin’.
to each other is critical.
Let’s make our deadlines and due dates mean something.
For changes to occur, we have to embrace them over and over.
Take it step by step —-
but keep moving forward —-
and a year from now,
we’ll find we’ve moved from here to there.
When one door closes, another opens;
but we often look so long and so
regretfully upon the closed door
that we do not see the one which has
opened for us.
–Alexander Graham Bell
If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities.
If you believe it won’t, you’ll see obstacles.
Sometimes life presents a series of great opportunities, disguised as insoluble problems.
The very essence of leadership
is that you have to have vision.
You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.
–Theodore M. Hesburgh
Former President, Notre Dame
Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one’s horse as it is leaping.
–Julius Hare 1795-1855
Every organization must be prepared to
abandon everything it does,
to survive in the future.
Discipline is the bridge
goals and accomplishments.
–Jim Rohn, business philosopher
If we are not a little uncomfortable every day,
we’re not growing.
All the good stuff is outside our comfort zone.
Creativity is an infinitely renewable resource
– you are not going to run out of it
– so don’t be afraid to use it.
–Biz Stone, co-founder, Twitter
If you don’t know where you
You will wind up somewhere else.
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make, the better.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Good people strengthen themselves ceaselessly.
I have learned that people will forget what you say,
people will forget what you do,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
The purpose of a goal is not to achieve it,
rather it’s purpose is to be a magnet to draw you toward it.
In times of great change, the learners inherit the earth,
while the learned find themselves uniquely equipped for a
world that no longer exists.
Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage.
–William Ellery Channing, Minister/Psychologist
Allow yourself to graduate, every five years.
If change is happening on the outside faster than on the inside the end is in sight.
Being listened to is so close to being loved
that most people cannot tell the difference.
Masters in the art of living make little distinction
between their work and their play, their
labor and their leisure, their mind and their
body, their information and their
recreation, their love and their religion.
They hardly know which is which.
They simply pursue their vision of excellence at
whatever they do, leaving others to
decide whether they are working or playing.
To them they are always doing both.
–James A. Michener
I like the dreams of the future
better than the history of the past.
Over the years I have learned
that a closed mind is like a fist.
It cannot do much of anything
other than clutch resentments
and fight against
whatever fails to fit one’s mindset.
Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity.
Do not wait to strike until the iron is hot;
but make it hot by striking.
–William Butler Yeats
At the beginning of the day, it’s all about possibilities.
At the end of day,
it’s all about results.
Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.
…there is only one situation in which you need to modify your behavior,
when you are dealing with other human beings…
What is Hustle?
Hustle is doing something that everyone is absolutely certain can’t be done.
Hustle is getting the sale because you got there first,
or stayed after everyone else gave up.
Hustle is shoe leather and elbow grease and sweat and missing lunch.
Hustle is getting a prospect to say “yes” after they have said “no” twenty times.
Hustle is doing more unto a customer than the other guy is doing unto him.
Hustle is believing in yourself and the business you’re in.
Hustle is the sheer joy of winning.
Hustle is being the sorest loser in town.
Hustle is hating to take a vacation because you might miss a piece of the action.
Hustle is heaven if you hustle.
Hustle is hell if you don’t.
The hardest thing in life is to know
which bridge to cross and which to burn.
–David Russell, Classical Guitarist
Judgment is the
on-ramp to resentment;
release of judgment
the on-ramp to joy.
To lead people, walk beside them
as for the best leaders,
the people do not notice their existence.
The next best, the people honor and praise.
The next, the people fear;
and the next, the people hate…
When the best leader’s work is done the people say,
‘We did it ourselves’
In most organizations,
the bottleneck is at the top of the bottle.
Of the many, many things about which we are unclear,
or of which we are unaware,
our impact upon others is at or near the top.
–Larry Cassidy, Vistage
You are the master of your own destiny.
Use your strengths well.
They are the keys to your destiny and your success in life.
Once you know yourself and take action to realize your dreams,
you can unlock the doors to your own potential.
It is not the strongest of
the species that survive,
nor the most intelligent;
rather it is the ones most
responsive to change.
…you must be the change,
you wish to see in the world…
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues,
but the parent of all the others.
With most people unbelief in one thing,
is founded upon
blind belief in another.
–Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-99)
The greatest danger for most of us
is not that our aim is too high
and we miss it
but that it is too low,
and we reach it.
The person who sends out positive thoughts
activates the world around him positively
and draws back to himself positive results.
–Norman Vincent Peale
We don’t see things the way they are;
we see them as we are.
The time to act
when you hear the falls
when you are about to go over them.
The secret is to listen for them.