Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.
Topics: Action, Success
If your company has a clean-desk policy, the company is nuts and you’re nuts to stay there.
If not excellence, what? If not excellence now, when?
The most important and visible outcropping of the action bias in excellent companies is their willingness to try things out, to experiment. If you wait until you believe you are safe, sure to be without occasional foolish feelings, you’ve most likely waited too long.
Topics: Feelings, Believe, Act, Action, Try
The greatest difficulty in the world is not for people to accept new ideas, but to make them forget old ideas.
Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence—only in constant improvement and constant change.
Train everyone lavishly, you can’t overspend on training.
Mistakes are not just the spice of life. Mistakes are life. Mistakes are not to be tolerated. They are to be encouraged.
The magic formula that successful businesses have discovered is to treat customers like guests and employees like people.
Five daily newspapers arrive in my California driveway. The New York times and the Wall Street Journal are supplemented by three local papers. As for magazines, I read, or at least skim, Business Week, Forbes, The Economist, INC; Industry Week, Fortune. Other subscriptions include Sales and Marketing Management, Modern Health Care, Progressive Grocer, High Tech Business, and Slaon Management Review from MIT. I religiously read Business Tokyo, Asia Week, and Far Eastern Economic Review. I glance at Newsweek and Time … but I devour the New Republic, Policy Review, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Monthly, and Public Interest. How about books? A dozen or more each month.
Topics: Reading, Books
We found that the most exciting environments, that treated people very well, are also tough as nails. There is no bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo… excellent companies provide two things simultaneously: tough environments and very supportive environments.
Good managers have a bias for action.
Winners must learn to relish change with the same enthusiasm and energy that we have resisted it in the past.
Listening may or may not be an “act of love” or way to “tap into
people’s dreams,” but it sure as hell is (1) an uncommon act of
courtesy and recognition of worth from which (2) you will invariably
learn amazing stuff … and (3) it will build-maintain relationships
beyond your wildest dreams.
The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.
If you really want to kill morale, have layoffs every two months for the next two years.
If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.
Self-presentation is worthy of extreme obsessive study.
Communication is everyone’s panacea for everything.
Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.
Professional success requires more than talent. Among other things, it requires drive, initiative, commitment, involvement, and—above all—enthusiasm.
Do something … in the next half hour! Don’t let yourself get stuck!
There is … ALWAYS … something little you can start/do in the next
thirty minutes to make a wee, concrete step forward with a
It’s up to each of us alone to figure out who we are, who we are not, and to act more or less consistently with those conclusions.
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- Stephen Covey American Self-help Author
- Peter Senge American Management Consultant
- Robin Sharma Canadian Writer, Motivational Speaker
- Margaret J. Wheatley American Management Consultant
- Peter Drucker Austrian-born Management Consultant
- Seth Godin American Entrepreneur
- Ken Blanchard American Author
- Jack Welch American Businessperson
- Edgar Allan Poe American Poet
- H. L. Mencken American Journalist, Literary Critic