Monday, January 6, 2014

Leadership Quotations

By Virgil Carter

All of us compile lists of leadership quotations.  They can be illuminating, inspirational, and often are funny, helping us understand that leadership is also about humor and enjoyment of the human condition.

Here’s some of my favorites:
  • To lose patience is to lose the battle (Ghandi)
  • Even if you fall on your face you are moving forward (Victor Kiam)
  • Until the pain of not changing is greater than the pain of change, no change will occur
  • When I feel the heat, I see the light (Sen. Everett McKinley Dirksen)
  • Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your feet on first (Frederick Wilcox)

And since I brought up baseball, here’s several from the great philosopher Yogi Berra:
  • It ain’t over till it’s over
  • You can observe a lot by watching
  • The future ain’t what it used to be
  • Baseball is 90% mental, and the other half is physical

Concluding with:
  • We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm (George Orwell)
  • The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has limits
  • Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect (Mark Twain)
  • The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away (Linus Pauling)

I invite you to submit your own favorites!

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