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Quotes for Managers/Supervisors/Coaches

Neil Dempster will wow your audience!The use of quotations in speeches and writing is extremely popular. Quotations are used to add wit, imagination and style to presentations and letters. Whether you quote from ancient philosophers like Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato, or from modern-day businesspeople and dignitaries, when you use the appropriate quotation, it will help you convey your message more effectively.

 

We have collected—and used—quotations for years. Here are some of our favorites:

 

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him. But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, 'We did this ourselves.' (Lao-Tzu)

 

What used to be called the 'soft issues' of business will increasingly be the differentiators of sustainable excellence in every industry in the world as we move into a new century. (Tom Morris)

 

Sometimes those who need it the most are inclined the least. (Jim Rohn)

 

A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group. (Russell H. Ewing)

 

Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average. (Jim Rohn)

 

The marksman hits the target partly by pulling, partly by letting go. The boatsman reaches the landing partly by pulling, partly by letting go. (Egyptian Proverb)

 

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. (Max DuPree)

 

In an information society, human resources are any organization's competitive edge. We will not see profits grow if we do not learn to grow people! (John Naisbitt)

 

A good manager doesn't try and eliminate conflict; he tries to keep it from wasting the energies of his people. If you're the boss, and your people fight you openly when they think you are wrong—that's healthy. If they fight each other openly in your presence for what they believe in—that's healthy. But keep all the conflict eyeball to eyeball. (Robert Townsend)

 

Companies are going to compete not on the basis of who has the best technology, but on who has the best people. And training and developing the best people will increasingly be a competitive weapon. (David Kearns)

 

Effective companies are not built on any one strategy but on incremental moves. There are a thousand things done a bit better; it's the ‘three yards and a cloud of dust.' Incremental change is the only kind of change that exists. (Peters and Waterman)

 

The Electronic Environment makes an information level outside the schoolroom that is far higher than the information level within the schoolroom. In the 19th Century, the knowledge inside the schoolroom was higher than outside. Today it is reversed. A child knows that in going to school he is, in a sense, interrupting his education. (H. Marshell McLuhan)

 

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they're capable of becoming. (Goethe)

 

In a completely rational society, the best of us would aspire to be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and responsibility anyone could have. (Lee Iacocca)

 

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. (William Arthur Ward)

 

I admire men of character. And I judge character not by how men deal with their superiors, but mostly how they deal with their subordinates. And that, to me, is where you find out what the character of a man is. (H. Norman Schwarzkopf)

 

There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self. (Ancient Hindu proverb)

 

The emerging economy is based on knowledge, imagination, curiosity, and talent. What if we could learn to tap the wonderful, rich differences among people? Wouldn't a corporation that could exploit the uniqueness of each employee be phenomenally powerful? Put negatively, isn't a corporation that doesn't figure out how to use the special curiosities of its people headed for trouble? (Tom Peters)

 

What we must decide is perhaps how we are valuable rather than how valuable we are. (Edgar Z. Friedenberg)

 

Nothing is more important than creating an environment in which people feel they make a difference. You can't feel good about what you are doing unless you think you're making a difference. (Jack Stack)

 

Hire and promote first on the basis of integrity; second, motivation; third, capacity; fourth, understanding; fifth, knowledge; and last and least, experience. Without integrity, motivation is dangerous; without motivation, capacity is impotent; without capacity, understanding is limited; without understanding, knowledge is meaningless; without knowledge, experience is blind. Experience is easy to provide and quickly put to use by people with all the other qualities. (Dee Hock)

 

The best executive is the one who has enough sense to pick good people to do what needs to be done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. (Unknown)

 

Profit is the applause you get when you take care of your customers and create a motivating environment for your people. (Unknown)

 

We found that as an organization increases its knowledge sharing behaviors, turnover decreases. And this shows how turnover issues, company performance and knowledge management are all very much interrelated. (Nick Bontis)

 

When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported back the rate of improvement accelerates. (Thomas Monson)

 

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all. (Sam Ewig)

 
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