Inspirational
Quotes
Tell me and I will forget.
Show me, and I may remember.
Involve me & I will understand.
Confucius
You don’t build it for yourself.
You know what people want
and you build it for them.
Walt Disney
The soul seeks to belong, to create
relationships, and to be part of a
community. In seeking to inspire greatness
in organ...
Success is loving life
and daring to live it.
Maya Angelou
Great discoveries and
improvements invariably involve
the cooperation of many minds.
I may be given credit for having
blaz...
People have to feel needed.
Frequently, we just offer a job
and 'perks.' We don't always
offer people a purpose. When
peop...
The mind is not a vessel to
be filled, but rather a
fire to be ignited.
Plutarch
I want a cultural change, I want
to contribute to a work of art in
the domain of human existence,
I want to contribute to ...
Great minds must be ready
not only to take opportunities,
but to make them.
C.C. Colten
Learning and innovation go
hand in hand. The arrogance of
success is to think that what you
did yesterday will be sufficie...
One can never consent
to creep when one feels
an impulse to soar.
Helen Keller
Even if you're on the right track,
you'll get run over if you
just sit there.
Arthur Godrey
Leaders need to cultivate
debate and simultaneously
build consensus.
Michael Roberto
Why Great Leaders Don’t
Take YES for ...
The future won’t just happen,
it will be created. And if we get
involved, our values,
aspirations, and growing
expectation...
If your mind is empty, it is
always ready for anything; it
is open to everything. In the
beginner’s mind there are
many po...
The important thing is not to
stop questioning.
Albert Einstein
In everyone’s life, at some
time, our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame by
an encounter with another
human ...
The servant-leader is servant first… It
begins with the natural feeling that one
wants to serve, to serve first…The
differ...
…imagine a world where everyone
was constantly learning, a world
where what you wondered was more
interesting than what yo...
Out of intense complexities,
intense simplicities emerge.
Winston Churchill
The highest-risk leader
is the one who thinks
she works alone.
Max DePree, Leadership Jazz
You must be the
change you wish to see.
Mahatma Gandhi
If we succeed in maintaining
focus, rather than control,
we also create the flexibility and
responsiveness that every orga...
It is not because things are
difficult that we do not dare;
it is because we do not dare
that they are difficult.
Seneca
Life’s most urgent question is,
‘what are you doing for others’.
Martin Luther King Jr.
A mind, once stretched by a
new idea, never regains its
original dimensions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
The whole difference between
construction and creation is
exactly this: that a thing
constructed can only be loved
after i...
The radical, committed to human
liberation, does not become the
prisoner of a circle of
certainty within which reality is ...
It is the organization’s responsibility
to provide purpose if they want to
retain good people - if you want to
retain tale...
You think that because you
understand ONE you understand
TWO, because one and one
makes two.
But you must also understand ...
I learned that if you’re a leader
and you’re not sick and tired of
communicating, you probably
aren’t doing a good enough ...
Coming together is a beginning;
keeping together is progress;
working together is success.
Henry Ford
You cannot mandate productivity,
you must provide the tools to let
people become their best.
Steve Jobs
Some day, after we have
mastered the winds, the waves,
the tides, and gravity…
we shall harness… the energies
of love. The...
There is no power for change
greater than a community
discovering what it cares about.
Margaret Wheatley
The things that make good headlines
attract our attention because they are
on the surface of the stream of life,
and they ...
If I had an hour to solve a
problem and my life depended
on the solution, I would spend
the first 55 minutes determining
t...
Those who profess
freedom and depreciate
agitation are those who
want crops without
plowing up the ground...
Frederick Dou...
It’s not what you look at
that matters, it’s what
you see.
Henri David Thoreau
When embarking on an
organizational change:
One person will get
clobbered.
Two will commiserate.
Three is a full-fledged
c...
Knowledge is experience,
everything else is just
information.
Albert Einstein
Discovery consists of seeing
what everybody has seen
and thinking what nobody
has thought.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyl
All thinking and learning
takes place in a context.
The mind always seeks
context in order to create
meaning.
Ed Clarke
By becoming aware that we are
communities, not organizations,
we change the very nature of
our relationships, making them
...
Curiosity is one of the
most permanent and
certain characteristics of
a vigorous mind.
Samuel Johnson
The world is but a canvas to
our imaginations.
Henry Thoreau
A moment's insight is
sometimes worth a life's
experience.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
The best way to get a good
idea is to get a lot of ideas.
Linus Pauling
There are no foolish
questions and no man
becomes a fool until he has
stopped asking questions.
Saul Steinberg
It is easier to tone down a
wild idea than to think up a
new one.
Alex Osborne
The ultimate solutions to
problems are rational; the
process of finding them is
not.
W. Gordon
People are disturbed, not by
things, but by the views they
take of them.
Epictetus
You have to find something that you
love enough to be able to take risks,
jump over the hurdles, and break
through the bri...
To ask the hard question is
simple.
W.H. Auden
Imagination is more
important than knowledge.
For while knowledge defines
all we currently know and
understand, imaginatio...
The whole difference
between construction and
creation is exactly this: that
a thing constructed can only
be loved after i...
Never tell people HOW to
do things. Tell them
WHAT to do and they will
surprise you with their
ingenuity.
General George S...
Imagination is the living
power and prime agent of
all human perception.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
One sees great things
from the valley, only small
things from the peak.
G.K. Chesteron
If we value differences, we have
to learn to listen to voices
different from our own. Any kind
of prejudgment or shutting ...
Everyone has his own
specific vocation in life...
Therein he cannot be
replaced, nor can his life be
repeated. Thus, every...
The ultimate glue that
binds people is not what
they get from the
organization but what
they can contribute to the
communi...
The best leaders,
like the best music,
inspire us to see new
possibilities.
Max DePree, Leadership Jazz
Effective leaders put
words to the formless
longings
and deeply felt needs of
others.
Warren Bennis
Whatever you can do, or
dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius,
power and magic in it.
Goethe
And nothing is less
productive than to make
more efficient what
should not be done at all.
Peter Drucker
We serve when we build
capability in others by
supporting ownership and
choice at every level.
Peter Block
We hunger for community
and are a
great deal more
productive when we find
it.
Marvin Weisbord
Every job is a self-portrait
of the person who did the
job. Autograph your work
with excellence.
Unknown
I need to know that you
care before I care to
know what you know.
James Autry
First Ponder,
Then Dare.
Helmuth Moltke
If you want to move people, it
has to be toward a vision that's
positive for them, that taps
important values, that gets t...
The future is a collective effort.
You can’t decide on the future
alone, and you especially can’t
create it alone…We’d all...
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  1. 1. Inspirational Quotes
  2. 2. Tell me and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me & I will understand. Confucius
  3. 3. You don’t build it for yourself. You know what people want and you build it for them. Walt Disney
  4. 4. The soul seeks to belong, to create relationships, and to be part of a community. In seeking to inspire greatness in organizations…, creating communities to which we all contribute and from which we are all nourished – a holistic, symbiotic relationship built on acceptance and permission among members that leads to more than just survival – it leads to growth and evolution. Lance Secretan INSPIRE! What Great Leaders Do
  5. 5. Success is loving life and daring to live it. Maya Angelou
  6. 6. Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail but when I look at the subsequent developments, I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself. Alexander Graham Bell
  7. 7. People have to feel needed. Frequently, we just offer a job and 'perks.' We don't always offer people a purpose. When people feel there is a purpose and that they're needed, there's not much else to do except let them do the work. Maya Angelou
  8. 8. The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but rather a fire to be ignited. Plutarch
  9. 9. I want a cultural change, I want to contribute to a work of art in the domain of human existence, I want to contribute to evoke a manner of coexistence in which love, mutual respect, honesty and social responsibility arise spontaneously from living instant after instant. Humberto Maturana
  10. 10. Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities, but to make them. C.C. Colten
  11. 11. Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow. William Pollard
  12. 12. One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. Helen Keller
  13. 13. Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. Arthur Godrey
  14. 14. Leaders need to cultivate debate and simultaneously build consensus. Michael Roberto Why Great Leaders Don’t Take YES for an Answer
  15. 15. The future won’t just happen, it will be created. And if we get involved, our values, aspirations, and growing expectations will shape and drive the transformation of the world. Don Tapscott
  16. 16. If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s, there are few. Shunryu Suzuki
  17. 17. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Albert Einstein
  18. 18. In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. Albert Schweitzer from Inspire! What Great Leaders Do, Lance Secretan
  19. 19. The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first…The difference manifest itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer , is: do those served grow as persons; do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? Robert Greenleaf
  20. 20. …imagine a world where everyone was constantly learning, a world where what you wondered was more interesting than what you knew, and curiosity counted for more than certain knowledge. Imagine a world where what you gave away was more valuable than what you held back, where joy was not a dirty word, where play was not forbidden after your eleventh birthday. cluetrain manifesto, 2000
  21. 21. Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge. Winston Churchill
  22. 22. The highest-risk leader is the one who thinks she works alone. Max DePree, Leadership Jazz
  23. 23. You must be the change you wish to see. Mahatma Gandhi
  24. 24. If we succeed in maintaining focus, rather than control, we also create the flexibility and responsiveness that every organizat craves. Margaret Wheatley
  25. 25. It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. Seneca
  26. 26. Life’s most urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others’. Martin Luther King Jr.
  27. 27. A mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes
  28. 28. The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists. Charles Dickens
  29. 29. The radical, committed to human liberation, does not become the prisoner of a circle of certainty within which reality is also imprisoned. On the contrary, the more radical the person is, the more fully he or she enters into reality so that, knowing it better, he or she can better transform it. Paulo Freire
  30. 30. It is the organization’s responsibility to provide purpose if they want to retain good people - if you want to retain talent, you’ve got to create cause. Otherwise, you get a relationship in which “I am working for you purely because I’m earning money”. Then you get very short-term thinking, very selfish thinking. Charles Handy
  31. 31. You think that because you understand ONE you understand TWO, because one and one makes two. But you must also understand AND. Sufi Proverb
  32. 32. I learned that if you’re a leader and you’re not sick and tired of communicating, you probably aren’t doing a good enough job. Max DePree
  33. 33. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Henry Ford
  34. 34. You cannot mandate productivity, you must provide the tools to let people become their best. Steve Jobs
  35. 35. Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity… we shall harness… the energies of love. Then, for the second time in the history of the world, peopl will have discovered fire! Teilhard de Chardin
  36. 36. There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about. Margaret Wheatley
  37. 37. The things that make good headlines attract our attention because they are on the surface of the stream of life, and they distract our attention from the slower, impalpable, imponderable movements that work below the surface and penetrate to the depths. But of course it is really these deeper, slower movements that, in the end, make history, and it is they that stand out huge in retrospect, when the sensational passing events have dwindled, in perspective, to their true proportions. Arnold Toynbee
  38. 38. If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes. Albert Einstein
  39. 39. Those who profess freedom and depreciate agitation are those who want crops without plowing up the ground... Frederick Douglas
  40. 40. It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. Henri David Thoreau
  41. 41. When embarking on an organizational change: One person will get clobbered. Two will commiserate. Three is a full-fledged conspiracy. Four people is a revolution! Jen Hunter (paraphrasing Peter Senge), AND Susan Englehutt misquoting Jen Hunter paraphrasing Peter Senge
  42. 42. Knowledge is experience, everything else is just information. Albert Einstein
  43. 43. Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. Albert Szent-Gyorgyl
  44. 44. All thinking and learning takes place in a context. The mind always seeks context in order to create meaning. Ed Clarke
  45. 45. By becoming aware that we are communities, not organizations, we change the very nature of our relationships, making them less material and more spiritual, less mechanical and more divine, less temporary and more infinite, less cursory and more vital. Then our communities will come alive. Lance Secretan
  46. 46. Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind. Samuel Johnson
  47. 47. The world is but a canvas to our imaginations. Henry Thoreau
  48. 48. A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience. Oliver Wendell Holmes
  49. 49. The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas. Linus Pauling
  50. 50. There are no foolish questions and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions. Saul Steinberg
  51. 51. It is easier to tone down a wild idea than to think up a new one. Alex Osborne
  52. 52. The ultimate solutions to problems are rational; the process of finding them is not. W. Gordon
  53. 53. People are disturbed, not by things, but by the views they take of them. Epictetus
  54. 54. You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles, and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don’t have that kind of feeling for what it is you’re doing, you’ll stop at the first giant hurdle. George Lucas from Cynthia Kersey’s Unstoppable
  55. 55. To ask the hard question is simple. W.H. Auden
  56. 56. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discovered and create. Albert Einstein
  57. 57. The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists. Charles Dickens
  58. 58. Never tell people HOW to do things. Tell them WHAT to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. General George S. Patton
  59. 59. Imagination is the living power and prime agent of all human perception. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  60. 60. One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak. G.K. Chesteron
  61. 61. If we value differences, we have to learn to listen to voices different from our own. Any kind of prejudgment or shutting down communications is going to get in the way of a team of people attempting to create something special together. Michele Hunt The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook
  62. 62. Everyone has his own specific vocation in life... Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it. Viktor Frankl from Cynthia Kersey’s Unstoppable
  63. 63. The ultimate glue that binds people is not what they get from the organization but what they can contribute to the community. Peter Senge
  64. 64. The best leaders, like the best music, inspire us to see new possibilities. Max DePree, Leadership Jazz
  65. 65. Effective leaders put words to the formless longings and deeply felt needs of others. Warren Bennis
  66. 66. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Goethe
  67. 67. And nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all. Peter Drucker
  68. 68. We serve when we build capability in others by supporting ownership and choice at every level. Peter Block
  69. 69. We hunger for community and are a great deal more productive when we find it. Marvin Weisbord
  70. 70. Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did the job. Autograph your work with excellence. Unknown
  71. 71. I need to know that you care before I care to know what you know. James Autry
  72. 72. First Ponder, Then Dare. Helmuth Moltke
  73. 73. If you want to move people, it has to be toward a vision that's positive for them, that taps important values, that gets them something they desire, and it has to be presented in a compelling way that they feel inspired to follow. Martin Luther King Jr.
  74. 74. The future is a collective effort. You can’t decide on the future alone, and you especially can’t create it alone…We’d all be better off facing the future together, collaborating in the light of day. We’re all in the future together. Faith Popcorn, The Popcorn Report

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