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Swan Song

  1. 1. Parting Thoughts A compilation of quotable quotes prepared by G. L. Powell
  2. 2. <ul><li>Is today the day? </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Is today the day that I am going to die? </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Am I living the kind of life that I want to live? </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>“ There are those who work all day, those who dream all day, and those who spend an hour dreaming before setting to work to fulfill their dreams.” </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>“ Go with the third for there is virtually no competition.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>— Obituary for Steven J. Ross, creator of Time Warner, The New York Times, December 21, 1992 </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>“ How many of us will lie on our deathbed and wish we had spent more time working?” </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Be a Leader, Not a Boss </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>A boss knows everything; </li></ul><ul><li>A leader admits mistakes. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>A boss tells people what must be done; </li></ul><ul><li>A leader shows how to do things. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>A boss criticizes; </li></ul><ul><li>A leader gives advice. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>A boss talks first; </li></ul><ul><li>A leader listens first. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>A boss gives orders; </li></ul><ul><li>A leader gives directions. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>A leader earns and deserves respect. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>A boss rules with law; </li></ul><ul><li>A leader shows human kindness. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>So be a leader – not a boss! </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Press On </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Talent will not; </li></ul><ul><li>nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Genius will not; </li></ul><ul><li>unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Education alone will not; </li></ul><ul><li>the world is full of educated derelicts. </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Persistence and determination are omnipotent. </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>If your job isn’t fun anymore, it’s time to change the job or change jobs. </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Don’t say can’t, can’t isn’t a word. </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Go Hard or go home </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Difference in ability is small, </li></ul><ul><li>while difference in efforts is big. </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>We should think again of the Hare and Tortoise marathon. </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Modesty and frankness is the source of human growth, </li></ul><ul><li>and the spring of progress and development. </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>Don’t be Good be GREAT </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>A GREAT Father </li></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>A GREAT Husband </li></ul>
  32. 32. <ul><li>A GREAT Son </li></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><li>Call your mother; </li></ul><ul><li>tell her you love her </li></ul>
  34. 34. <ul><li>Do it today. </li></ul>
  35. 35. <ul><li>Kiss your wife. </li></ul>
  36. 36. <ul><li>To love yourself, people around you, </li></ul><ul><li>and the work you do </li></ul><ul><li>is the only shortcut to self-actualization. </li></ul>
  37. 37. <ul><li>Don’t go to bed angry. </li></ul>
  38. 38. <ul><li>Patient is not to endure. </li></ul><ul><li>It is to tackle the work diverting your mind. </li></ul>
  39. 39. <ul><li>Tell your wife you love her. </li></ul>
  40. 40. <ul><li>Every night. </li></ul>
  41. 41. <ul><li>Every morning. </li></ul>
  42. 42. <ul><li>Life is a struggle; </li></ul><ul><li>however, you must recognize that your last enemy is yourself. </li></ul>
  43. 43. <ul><li>Tireless efforts to approach truth, </li></ul><ul><li>walk with sweaty discipline </li></ul><ul><li>day after day. </li></ul><ul><li>Let us keep walking this road. </li></ul>
  44. 44. <ul><li>Authority will only be given by fulfilling responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>and it will go away if you don’t. </li></ul>
  45. 45. <ul><li>“ Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>— Colin Powell </li></ul></ul>
  46. 46. <ul><li>Good leadership involves responsibility to the welfare of the group, which means that some people will get angry at your actions and decisions. </li></ul><ul><li>Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>— Colin Powell </li></ul></ul>
  47. 47. <ul><li>“ The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>— Colin Powell </li></ul></ul>
  48. 48. <ul><li>“ Don’t be buffaloed by experts and elite’s. Experts often possess more data than judgment. </li></ul><ul><li>Elite’s can become so inbred that they produce hemophiliacs who bleed to death as soon as they are nicked by the real world.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>— Colin Powell </li></ul></ul>
  49. 49. <ul><li>“ Don’t be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard.” </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership does not emerge from blind obedience to anyone. </li></ul><ul><li>Xerox’s Barry Rand was right on target when he warned his people that if you have a yes-man working for you, one of you is redundant. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>— Colin Powell </li></ul></ul>
  50. 50. <ul><li>Never neglect details. </li></ul><ul><li>Strategy equals execution. </li></ul><ul><li>Good leaders delegate and empower others liberally, but they pay attention to details, every day. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>— Colin Powell </li></ul></ul>
  51. 51. <ul><li>“ You don’t know what you can get away with until you try.” </li></ul><ul><li>You know the expression “it’s easier to get forgiveness than permission?” </li></ul><ul><li>It’s true! </li></ul><ul><li>Good leaders don’t wait for official blessing to try things out. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a fact of life that if you ask enough people for permission, you’ll inevitably come up against someone who believes his job is to say “no.” </li></ul><ul><li>The moral…don’t ask. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>— Colin Powell </li></ul></ul>
  52. 52. <ul><li>“ Keep looking below surface appearances.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>— Colin Powell </li></ul></ul>
  53. 53. <ul><li>“ Organization doesn’t really accomplish anything. </li></ul><ul><li>Plans don’t accomplish anything, either. </li></ul><ul><li>Theories of management don’t much matter. </li></ul><ul><li>Endeavors succeed or fail because of the people involved. </li></ul><ul><li>Only by attracting the best people will you accomplish great deeds.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>— Colin Powell </li></ul></ul>
  54. 54. <ul><li>If people really followed organization charts, companies would collapse. In well-run organizations, titles are also pretty meaningless. </li></ul><ul><li>Titles mean little in terms of real power, which is the capacity to influence and inspire. </li></ul><ul><li>Real power comes from real leaders. </li></ul><ul><li>N on-leaders in management may be formally anointed with all the perks and frills associated with high positions, but they have little influence on others, apart from their ability to extract minimal compliance to minimal standards. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>— Colin Powell </li></ul></ul>
  55. 55. <ul><li>Live, Love, Leave a Legacy. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>— Stephen R. Covey </li></ul></ul>