November 25, 2014

TEACH, DON'T TELL


"The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence."

Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888) American educator

Important in all forms of education, business included.

Managers (should also) be teachers.

The best ones temper their own personal beliefs, providing their direct reports the best possible information so they can reach the best possible decisions.

November 24, 2014

I KNOW I'M RIGHT!


"Not being known doesn't stop the truth from being true."

Richard Bach (1936-?) American writer

At the heart of most arguments is the existence of many contradictory "truths".

Opinions, really, held by those who do not accept the opinions of others, all claiming what they think is true to be what is true.

But what if you're wrong?

November 21, 2014

NOT WHAT YOU HAVE BUT WHAT YOU DO WITH IT


"Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them."

Napoleon I (1769-1821) Napoleon Bonaparte, French general

You can have intelligence, education, experience, personality, wealth, etc., but if you don't do something with it there is no value.

November 20, 2014

THE MANY OF US


"A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him."

William James (1842-1910) American philosopher/psychologist

Appropriate to remember in this time of social networking that we are as many versions of ourselves as there are people passing judgement on who we are.

And they do that based on what we say and do.

Best to think about what you say and do before you say and do it.

November 19, 2014

TAKING CHARGE OF YOU


"Self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward."

Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) American speaker/motivational writer

A VERY underrated personality quality.

Get your education, have your work experience, but if you don't have self-discipline much of what you do have is wasted.

November 18, 2014

I DON'T KNOW BUT I'LL FIND OUT


"It's not only the most difficult thing to know one's self, but the most inconvenient."

Josh Billings (1815-1885) American humorist/lecturer

True, but as difficult and inconvenient as it may be, how can you expect others to know you until you know yourself?

November 17, 2014

ONE (CAN BE) THE LONELIEST NUMBER THAT YOU'LL EVER DO


"To be no part of any body, is to be nothing."

John Donne (1572-1632) English poet

This figures to come from the "No man is an island" man, however don't let that diminish his message.

It's good to be independent, just not to the point of failing to recognize when it's not.

November 14, 2014

IT'S ON ME


"Remorse is regret that one waited so long to do."

Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist/satirist/social critic

It is overdue acceptance of our mistakes, made worse the longer we wait to acknowledge them.

Take responsibility then get on with the solution.

November 13, 2014

PERSUADING YOU


"The real persuaders are our appetites, our fears and above all our vanity. The skillful propagandist stirs and coaches these internal persuaders."

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher/author

What you are and will become is up to you.

Others will attempt to use you to convince you but you have final control over all they do.

But only if you first take control of yourself.