Never write an advertisement which you wouldn’t want your family to read. You wouldn’t tell lies to your own wife. Don’t tell them to mine. ~David Ogilvy
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them. ~G.B. Shaw, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, 1893
Technology presumes there’s just one right way to do things and there never is. ~Robert M. Pirsig
The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say. ~Mark Twain
Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold — but so does a hard-boiled egg. ~Author Unknown
Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before. ~Jacob A. Riis
There are a million ways to lose a work day, but not even a single way to get one back. ~Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister
The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress. ~Joseph Joubert, Pensées, 1842
Ever get into a discussion with a co-worker about how to fix the direction or leadership of your company or business? Did you argue about who had the better solution or did you listen and try to see their point of view? Were you concerned about winning your co-worker to your side so that you had support? Or, were you trying to gather information and find the best solution to allow the company or business to move forward?
Everyone, from the janitor to the president, within a company or business has an idea or solution to solve problems. The problem is not finding a solution but putting aside your ego; especially, if someone has a better solution. In other words, we need to learn when to be a leader and when to be a supporter.