But in the military you don't get trusted positions just because of your ability. You also have to attract the notice of superior officers. You have to be liked. You have to fit in with the system. You have to look like what the officers above you think that officers should look like. You have to think in ways that they are comfortable with. The result was that you ended up with a command structure that was top-heavy with guys who looked good in uniform and talked right and did well enough not to embarrass themselves, while the really good ones quietly did all the serious work and bailed out their superiors and got blamed for errors they had advised against until they eventually got out. That was the military.
The most critical success factor for leaders is their ability to influence the right people, at the right time, about the right thing.
Different outcomes require new ways of thinking and acting. The old way always leads to the old results.
When a big vision meets a dysfunctional system, the dysfunctional system wins every time. Fix the system and success will flourish!
A great leader not only leads, he turns followers into leaders!
If the world is progressing faster than your company or organization prepare for extinction!
To solve a problem first understand it!
Relying on current successes to drive future growth is preparing for bitter disappointment!
Being an owner has nothing to do with whose name is on the deed. An owner mentality is vital to success. Fire employees! Hire owners!
A great proverb feeds the soul and fuels the mind!
Apart from growth and change caterpillars don't become butterflies!
There is not an obstacle you face you were not created to overcome.
Value multiplies in the hands of the competent, divides in the hands of the incompetent.
True happiness lies with those who celebrate the quotidian as well as the extraordinary!
Excess is the enemy of excellence.
Inspiring people is reminding them of what they are capable of.
Mediocrity is easy. Excellence takes work!
Picture who you want to be. Write it down. Work on it until that person appears in the mirror!
The more you know about anything, the more creative you are about everything!
Wisdom is honey for the soul!