Being smart enough to know you’re dumb makes learning easy. There’s a personal light bulb moment reflected in every quote that follows.
- Any fool can start something new. It takes brilliant leaders to stop something old.My life gives testament to the power of purposeful abandonment. A little over 3 years ago, the organization I love died to me. I crossed a line by saying, it’s better to lose it all than continue along the current path.
Stopping things initiated a process that radically changed my life and the organization I still lead. Current attitudes, abilities, processes, or systems are responsible for our present situation. Clinging to them won’t change anything. Timely stops are tangible steps to new starts.
- Don’t demonize the past in order to move into the future.
- Criticism is about what was. Leadership is about what could be.
- Committing to a vision turns paralyzing stress into energizing passion.
- Confusion is the door to learning and the window of vision.
- Making a difference is not a one-time event.
- Leadership is influence. Listening opens the door of influence.
- Your most powerful tool of influence is your ears not your tongue.
- Too often, we make up our mind and then prove it with the facts.
- Aligning personal passion with organizational objectives creates performance sweet spots.
- Ever notice that many of the biggest complainers seem to do the least?
- Success is about striving not arriving.
- Performance reviews that focus on improving weaknesses are a colossal waste of time.
- Your leadership potential is rooted in your authentic self.
- People who’ve found their soul can own their superficiality.
- People demanding respect don’t feel respected.
Which quote do you find most applicable to your leadership moment?
How would you modify, amplify, or illustrate these quotes?
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