Ideas are somewhat like babies—they are born small, immature, and shapeless. They are promise rather than fulfillment. In the innovative company executives do not say, “This is a damn-fool idea.” Instead they ask, “What would be needed to make this embryonic, half-baked, foolish idea into something that makes sense that is an opportunity for us?”
There is nothing so useless as doing
efficiently that which should not be done at all.
The most important thing in communication is
to hear what isn’t being said.
Efficiency is doing better what is already being done.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked;
leadership is defined by results not attributes.
We greatly overestimate what we can accomplish in one year.
But we greatly underestimate what we can accomplish in five years.
The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.
Rank does not confer privilege or
give power. It imposes responsibility.
Most of what we call management consists of
making it difficult for people to get their work done.
Plans are only good intentions unless
they immediately degenerate into hard work.
Knowledge has to be improved, challenged,
and increased constantly, or it vanishes.
My greatest strength as a consultant is
to be ignorant and ask a few questions.
The most serious mistakes are
not being made as a result of wrong answers.
The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question.
Management is doing things right;
leadership is doing the right things.
People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.
People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.
Unless commitment is made,
there are only promises and hopes… but no plans.
The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I”. And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I”. They don’t think “I”. They think “we”; they think “team”. They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit… This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.
We now accept the fact that learning is a
lifelong process of keeping abreast of change.
And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.
Leadership is not magnetic personality–that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not making friends and influencing people—that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.
Topics: Leaders, Leadership
Follow effective action with quiet reflection.
From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.
- Peter Senge American Management Consultant
- Margaret J. Wheatley American Management Consultant
- Stephen Covey American Management Consultant
- Tom Peters American Management Consultant
- Robin Sharma Canadian Writer, Motivational Speaker
- Bruno Bettelheim Austrian-born American Psychologist
- Arnold Schwarzenegger Austrian-born American Actor
- John Kotter American Academic
- Warren Bennis American Scholar
- Seth Godin American Entrepreneur