April 18, 2014

SOME BUT NOT ALL OF WHAT YOU KNOW


"Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time."

Chinese proverb

Graham Nash told us, "Teach your children well", however that doesn't mean all or only what you know.

Substitute "employees" for "children" and the thought applies equally as well.

April 17, 2014

LEARNING FROM THAT WHICH IS NO MORE


"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living."

Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC) Writer/politician/Roman orator

Maybe for people but unfortunately not for companies.

There is much to learn from those who failed in business where you wish to succeed.

Are you learning from their demise?

April 16, 2014

Ornamental Education


"Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity."

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Greek philosopher

The degrees we list on our resumes only suggest our worth; until we are tested they are, as Aristotle says, "ornaments".

However, education of any sort put to use, which doesn't always happen, is an advantage.  

In either case, sooner or later, and generally sooner, we must perform.

April 15, 2014

CONSULTANT ADVICE


"Consult. To seek another's approval of a course already decided on."

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman/short-story writer

Here's my consultation.

Don't employ any consultant, me included, unless you are willing to do what we recommend.

Particularly actions you may not intend or want to do.

To do otherwise is simply wasting your money.

April 14, 2014

JUDGE ME ON WHAT I (PLAN TO, WANT TO, ALMOST) DO?


"Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks,  feels, or believes."

Unknown Source

Supposed intentions are no substitute for what we actually do.

If they were, I'd be a saint.

How about you?

April 11, 2014

THE YIN AND YANG OF RIGHT AND WRONG


"Nowadays those are rewarded who make right appear wrong."

Terence (195/185 BC-159 BC) Playwright of the Roman Republic

Is today any different?

Maybe only in that those who make wrong appear right are rewarded even more.

April 10, 2014

IN SEARCH OF TRANQUILITY


"The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom."

James Allen (1864-1912) British-born American essayist

Is tranquility a goal and if so is it achievable?

Thomas Jefferson leaves to question what he thinks.

"Tranquility is the old man's milk."

17th century British philosopher Thomas Hobbes does not mince words:

"There is no such thing as perpetual tranquillity of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense."

I see it being some of all of this while hoping it is not all of some of this.

April 09, 2014

TIMING


"Take care to sell your horse before he dies. The art of life is passing losses on."

Robert Frost
Late 19th/early 20th century American Poet

I am often more struck by the author of the quotes as opposed to the message itself, this being but one example.

This is about the importance of timing, albeit in a cold, calculated manner.

I wonder if Mr. Frost would accept substituting "poetry" for "art"?

April 08, 2014

WHEN TO, WHEN NOT TO


"Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage."

Benjamin Disraeli
19th century British politician/author

Particularly for managers who almost always have the advantage but often not the sense to leave it be.