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“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Proverb

What a wonderful reminder of one of the most important skills a leader, or for that matter followers, too, need to master in order to achieve lasting, sustainable results. It’s a skill that is finally being… read more

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“There’s no education in the second kick of a mule.” Anonymous

Having been raised in the farm country of the Midwestern United States and having been kicked by a mule as a kid, this quote has a special meaning for me. First of all, you can bet that after that experience, I was very… read more

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“His problem is that he is a checkers player in a chess world.” Anonymous

Isn’t the imagery wonderful in this quote? Can’t you just imagine the consequences brought about by this situation? The intricacies of the game of checkers notwithstanding, one gets an immediate sense of this quote… read more

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"Being a professional is doing the things you know need to be done, even on the days you don't feel like doing them."  Anonymous

This is a quote I would nominate for screen-saver status. Just think about how tempting it is at times to put something off, or not to do it at all for one… read more

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"It’s better to be slapped in the face by the truth than kissed by a lie." 

Professor George Kohlrieser, IMD

This concise, clear-headed, and powerful message is high on my list of “welcome to reality” quotes. Here’s what Professor Kohlrieser is saying to me: Be… read more

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"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."

Sir Edmund Hillary

To me, there is something very special when someone, who has achieved greatness, finds a way to convert their achievement into a common-sense insight that we all can use in our daily lives.… read more

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"Never go out to meet trouble. If you will just sit still, nine cases out of ten someone will intercept it before it reaches you."       

Calvin Coolidge

I love the common-sense and calm this quote always inspires in me. It reminds me of how often we react so… read more

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"In great affairs men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small things they show themselves as they are."  Nicholas Chamfort

This is such a wonderful, insightful and useful quote. Here’s how I use it today, which may be of help to you. The “great affairs”… read more

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"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives."
       -- Abba Eban

This belongs in my group of quotes that should be placed in every room in which a meeting is about to take place. I often marvel at how some… read more

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"Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment."    Rita Mae Brown

I guess you could say that this quote comes from the common-sense, facts of life file, but there is a particular reason… read more