I've recently been asked to provide "My favourite quote" for an article and well, that question has stumped me completely. I collect quotes. I love quotes. I seek them out, I mull over them, I repeat them, I have books dedicated entirely to the ones that make my whole body "shzzzshhszz" (that's a vibrating sound). Here, a list of 10 that I frequently use when working with managers/leaders:(in no particular order)
- "The carrot and the stick are both pervasive and persuasive motivators. But if you treat people like donkeys, they'll perform like donkeys." - John Whitmore
- "I'll see it when I believe it." -Wayne Dyer
- "Real freedom is the ability to pause between stimulus and response and in that pause...choose." - Rollo May
- "It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows."- Epictetus
- "We don't see things the way they are, we see things the way we are." - The Talmud
- "If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it." - Albert Einstein
- "Never do for others what they can do for themselves." - The Iron Rule
- "At the heart of any good business is a CEO with one." - Malcolm Forbes
- "What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
- "Every man must decide where he will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life's most persistent and urgent questions is, What are you doing for others?"- Martin Luther King, Jr.
I'm always interested in others' favourites. Care to share a few?