General Quotes

This page is dedicated to some of the most inspiring sayings I have come across as well as, some of my own. I intend to progressively update it with sayings and quotations I include in the blog posts. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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The Future

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those  who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” — Alvin Toffler (Author and futurist)

“The best way to predict the future is to create it” – Peter Drucker“The job isn’t to catch up to the status quo; the job is to invent the status quo.” – Seth Godin

“People can be divided into three groups: Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened.” – Anonymous

“When the world is flat, whatever can be done WILL be done.  The only question is whether it will be done BY you or TO you” – Thomas Friedman

Communication

“Communication is what the listener does”. Mark Horstman and Mike Auzenne – Manager Tools paraphrasing Peter Drucker.

Effort

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Lao Tzu

“Chance favors the prepared mind”. Louis Pasteur

“When you combine a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great results.” Jim Collins

“It’s not what you know, it’s what you use that makes a difference”. Zig Ziglar

Hiring

“Hiring is the most important activity that a manager does”.  Mark Horstman and Mike Auzenne – Manager Tools

Innovation

“Innovation is not the result of thinking differently. It is the result of thinking deliberately (in specific ways) about existing problems and unmet needs.”- Anthony Ulwick

“Everything new is just an addition or modification to something that already existed.” – Michael Michalko

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison

“The real battle is not against competitors. The real battle is against ourselves. Against our bureaucracy, against our complicatedness” – Yves Morieux

Job Satisfaction

“Those three things – autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward – are, most people will agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying.” — Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers)

Modelling

“Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful”.  George E.P. Box (Statistician)

Negotiation

“Fundamentally, social interaction is a negotiation between individuals performing within a particular social context to convey aspects of their identity. This negotiation often occurs with little conscious thought; people comfortably interact with one another, revealing what is appropriate while assessing what information is being given.”- Danah Boyd, MIT Media Lab, Master’s Thesis

Human Nature

“The deepest principal in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” William James

“Individual and organizational results of people improve dramatically when people overcome the deceptive traps of the victim cycle and take the Steps To Accountability.” Roger Connors et al (The Oz Principle)

Choosing meaning in οne’s life is much better than avoiding discomfort” Kelly McGonical

Procurement

“In 2020, company leadership will likely look at procurement not as a group that focuses on sourcing raw materials, goods and services, but rather as one that sources ideas. Creativity will involve engaging stakeholders in new, innovative ways” -Deloitte, Charting the Course, Why Procurement must transform itself by 2020

Thinking

“Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.” George Santayana

“Don’t report a problem, recommend a solution”. Anonymous

“Asking the right question is half the answer” Aristotle

“What upsets people is not things themselves but their judgments about the things” Epictetus

Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler” Albert Einstein.

 

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