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Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a difficult battle. ~ Platto
I once heard profit is the applause you get for taking care of customers and your people. ~
Ken Blanchard
"You got to know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em, Know when to walk away and know when to run"
~ Kenny Rogers
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

~ attributed to Mahatma Gandhi
"As long as you're green, you're growing. As soon as you're ripe, you start to rot."

~ Ray Kroc

"Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence."

~ Abigail Adams

"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."

~ Abraham Lincoln

"One of the most significant contributions to business failure is the inability to get things done through people."

~ David Krajenowski
"People are never more insecure than when they become obsessed with their fears at the expense of their dreams."

~ Norman Cousins
"The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others." 

~ Sonya Friedman

"Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself."

~ Honoré de Balzac
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

~ Eleanor Roosevelt
"Personal integrity is important, not because it gets us what we want, but because it helps us be what we want."

~ Michael Josephson
"In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don't have the first, the other two will kill you."

~ Warren Buffet
"If a man's associates find him guilty of being phony, if they find that he lacks forthright integrity, he will fail. His teachings and actions must square with each other. The first great need, therefore, is integrity and high purpose."

~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
"Your reputation and integrity are everything. Follow through on what you say you're going to do. Your credibility can only be built over time, and it is built from the history of your words and actions."

~ Maria Razumich-Zec
"It is your response to winning and losing that makes you a winner or a loser."

~ Harry Sheehy
"Thank God for competition. When our competitors upset our plans or outdo our designs, they open infinite possibilities of our own work to us."

~ Gil Atkinson
"Competitors take bad breaks and use them to drive themselves just that much harder. Quitters take bad breaks and use them as reasons to give up."

~ Nancy Lopez
"Competing is exciting and winning is exhilarating, but the true prize will always be the self-knowledge and understanding that you have gained along the way."


~ Sebastian Coe
"[As a leader,] you have to enable and empower people to make decisions independent of you. As I've learned, each person on a team is an extension of your leadership; if they feel empowered by you they will magnify your power to lead."

~ Tom Ridge
"A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader; a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves."

~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your employees growing.Start by Making the Business Case for Developing your people."    

~ Shirley Bullard
"The beauty of empowering others is that your own power is not diminished in the process."

~ Barbara Colorose
"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."

~ General George Smith Patton, Jr.
"Reason sits firm and holds the reins, and she will not let the feelings burst away and hurry her to wild chasms. The passions may rage furiously, like true heathens, as they are; and the desires may imagine all sorts of vain things: but judgment shall still have the last word in every argument, and the casting vote in every decision."

~ Charlotte Brontė, Jane Eyre
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."

~ Robert Louis Stevenson
"One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat."

~ Woodrow Wilson
"We judge others by their behavior. We judge ourselves by our intentions."

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"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
"The conventional definition of management is getting work done through people, but real management is developing people through work." ~ Agha Hasan Abedi
"Too often, managers think that people development occurs once a year in performance reviews. That's not even close. It should be a daily event, integrated into every aspect of your regular goings-on. Customer visits are a chance to evaluate your sales force. Plant tours are an opportunity to meet promising new line managers. A coffee break at a meeting is an opening to coach a team member about to give his first major presentation. Think of yourself as a gardener, with a watering can in one hand and a can of fertilizer in the other. Occasionally you have to pull some weeds, but most of the time, you just nurture and tend. Then watch everything bloom."

~ Jack Welch
"All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual"

~ Albert Einstein
"Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable."

~ Joyce Brothers
"Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer to be tricked."

~ Niccolo Machiavelli
"Mrs. Hopewell had no bad qualities of her own but she was able to use other people's in such a constructive way that she never felt the lack."

~ Flannery O'Connor (in her short story Good Country People)
"Nearly all men can stand the test of adversity, but if you really want to test a man's character, give him power."

~ Abraham Lincoln
"Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate"

~ William Arthur Ward
"Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it."

~ Viriginia Woolf
"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."

~ George S. Patton
"Too often we...enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought."

~ John F. Kennedy
"No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking."

~ Voltaire
"The twin sister to autonomy and freedom is responsibility and accountability. You cannot have one with out the other. If someone is given an area of responsibility, not only must they be set free to do it, they must also be held accountable for what they do. Accountability clarifies freedom. In the teams and companies where you see boundary confusion, power struggles, control, over-reaching of one's line of responsibility, you will also see lapses in accountability as well."

~ Henry Cloud
"Leaders who do not hold their people accountable to a set standard are, in effect, thieves and liars. Thieves because they are stealing from the stockholder who pays them to hold people accountable, and liars because they pretend that everything is OK with their people when in fact everything is not OK."

~ James C. Hunter
"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."

~ Benjamin Franklin
"We all create the person we become by our choices as we go through life. In a real sense, by the time we are adults, we are the sum total of the choices we have made."

~ Eleanor Roosevelt
"We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions."

~ Ronald Reagan
"You know you've achieved perfection in design, not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away." ~ Antoine-Marie-Roger de Saint-Exupery
"Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things." ~ Elise Boulding
"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak." ~ Hans Hofmann
"Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple." ~ C.W. Ceran
"Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better." ~ Edsger Wybe Dijkstra
"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects."
~ Herman Melville
"Loneliness is the first thing which God's eye named not good."
~ John Milton
"We don't accomplish anything in this world alone...and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something."
~ Sandra Day O'Connor
"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
~ John Lennon
"Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate" ~ William Arthur Ward
"Nearly all men can stand the test of adversity, but if you really want to test a man's character, give him power." ~ Abraham Lincoln
"Mrs. Hopewell had no bad qualities of her own but she was able to use other people's in such a constructive way that she never felt the lack." ~ Flannery O'Connor (in her short story Good Country People)
"Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer to be tricked." ~ Niccolo Machiavelli
"Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable." ~ Joyce Brothers