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(Unless otherwise credited, the author of the quotes below are derived from the experiences of Harold Bays MD)


Scientific Quotes / Scientific Quotations

The greatest conflicts in science involve commonly observed phenomena affecting the ordinary lives of people.

Resolving the greatest conflicts in science requires recognizing the simple, and accepting the obvious.

Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood. (Author = Freeman Teague)

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking. (Author = Albert Einstein)

I reject that we already know every "easy" essential scientific truth. An infinite number of fundamental discoveries are in the queue, just waiting for curious-minded persons with courage, relentlessness, and available platforms to pick them out and embarrass us all with the ridiculously obvious nature of each.

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. (Author = Arthur Schopenhauer)

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. (Author = Max Planck)

I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives. (Author = Tolstoy)

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. (Author = Marcus Aurelius)

Every great move I have made in life has been ridiculed and opposed by my friends. The greatest winnings I have made, in happiness, in money, or content, have been accomplished amid almost universal scorn. (Author = Claude Hopkins)

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. (Author = Aldous Leonard Huxley)

A universe of flat worlds are just waiting to be rounded.

If upon digging for minute fossils, you unearth the Holy Grail, this is no accidental revelation. Rather, it is the expected (albeit unintended) providence of scientific exploration.

Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind. (Author = Albert Einstein)

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. (Author = Louis Pasteur)

We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself. (Author = Lloyd Alexander)

Immortality is harshly selective.

Being first is being immortal.

The only thing standing between me and immortality is time.

Pursing immortality is rational, only if you believe humankind will be around over a million years from now.

Immortality can take years off your life.

Before you do it, remember that death and immortality are both defined by time and place.

If I lived forever, I could be immortal.

I am invincible, as long as I'm alive. (Author = John Mayer)

Being cautious of new ideas is having wisdom; being dismissive of new ideas is being old.

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it. (Author = Andre Gide)

You have written a sentinel review paper when it would have been a sentinel paper to have reviewed before you wrote it.

"Objectivity" is achieved by neither solicited love nor spurned hatred, but rather by a pristine application of principle or apathy.

"Objectivity" is not exposing the agenda of others while failing to reveal your own.

"Balance" is not countering the opinions of those who know with those who don't know.

"Balance" is not countering truth with lies.

If you are balanced and objective, then no one will remember your name.

The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. (Author = George Washington)

Disclosure without accuracy and context is opacity, not transparency.

Demanding that benefits received be transparent, while allowing benefits rejected to remain invisible does not represent full disclosure. Disclosing the interests of the accused, while hiding the interests of the accuser does not represent full disclosure. Both are half disclosures. A clock that runs 1/2 speed is accurate less of the time than a clock that doesn't run at all.

Scientific organizations are inherently political, with leaders often having conflicting opinions, opposing agendas, and challenging personalities. So how best to deal with them? Well, if you've ever raised teenagers, then you have a good start.

If you don't believe you can learn anything from others, then you won't.

Others will dismiss what you have to say as not interesting, once you dismiss others as having nothing interesting to say.

No man ever listened himself out of a job. (Author = Calvin Coolidge)

The value of an expert lies not in degrees and affiliations, but rather in knowledge and principles.

The greatest genius of all time probably did not have the highest IQ.

All of us have the potential to be a genius at something - a fact brought home when your plumbing goes bad.

Anyone can write a complicated paper only a genius can understand. It takes genius to write a complicated paper anyone can understand.

If you can't explain it simply, then you don't understand it well enough. (Author = Albert Einstein)

I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. (Author = Blaise Pascal)

If you want me to speak for an hour, I am ready today. If you want me to speak for just a few minutes, it will take me a few weeks to prepare. (Author = Mark Twain)

The more work that gets put into a diagram, the simpler it looks. (Author = Unknown)

It takes a lot of skill and preparation to effectively say nothing.

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. (Author = Albert Einstein)

Infinity, the Universe, and Existence are easy to understand once you realize: (1) nothing is big or small, only bigger or smaller; (2) matter and energy are just two points on the same curve; and (3) time is nothing more than a measuring parameter of speed, except when it defines religion.

Regarding the limitations of space, infinity is easier to understand than finity.

Faith emerges upon the realization that both infinity and finity do not consistently apply to the human experience. Limitlessness cannot be counted. If limits exist, then what is beyond the wall? It is better to trust God has it all sorted out.

If you believe in God, then you understand infinity.

One plus God make a majority. (Author = Frederick Douglas)

If the denominator is infinity, then mathematically, everything is about the same size, with the only difference being perspective.

Nothing is so small that you cannot cut it in half. (Author = Ulf Wolf)

I am not an everything; I am not a nothing; but I am a thing. I am not an everybody; I am not a nobody; but I am a somebody.

Whether you are the plan, or part of the plan, depends on perspective.

People will remain suspect of what you know until you find that sentinel moment to answer a question with: "I don't know."

For them to be sure you know, assure them you don't know.

As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - the ones we don't know we don't know. (Author = Donald Rumsfeld)

Knowing what you don't know is as important as knowing what you do know.

The more I know, the less confident I am in knowing what I don't know.

Nothing is sexier than the passionate pursuit of science, the unbridled responses of computers, and the sensual curvilinears of mathematics.

To the man who has only a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail. (Author = Abraham Maslow)

If it happens, it must be possible. (Author = Unknown)

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is. (Author = Jan LA van de Snepscheut/Yogi Berra)

Its not radical; its just science.

Certainty about knowing something is better than uncertainty about knowing everything, and much better than uncertainty about knowing anything.

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance - (Author = Derek Bot)

Genius or lunacy? Sometimes it depends on the whites of your eyes.

Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. (Author = Thomas A Edison)

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see. (Author = Arthur Schopenhauer)

To have vision you must first open your eyes; to hear you must first listen; to be heard you must first quiet the noise.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. (Author = Rita Mae Brown; Albert Einstein)

You are never more alone than when you are presenting in front of 250 people.

Its not that intelligence, hard work, and vision aren't important; its just that career success is sometimes dependent upon office space.

If you want to be acknowledged throughout history, be substantive. If you want to be acknowledged in your lifetime, be political.

Enduring accomplishments shield against being historically defined by resentful, self-loathing, fault-finding bitterhearts.

When it's you versus the haters, don't give in to their games.

The final score is the outcome of record, prevailing long after the horn has sounded.

Lock a group of "know everything" academicians in a room of information, and they will emerge with the conclusion that not enough data exists to know anything.

As with leadership decisions regarding other political entities, scientific organizations prioritize celebrity and "demographics" over merit and service.

Lets say you know the answer to a pre-test self-assessment question is wrong. When you take the actual exam wherein your certification is in the balance, and the same question appears, what answer do you give?

I am a binary man living in a rainbow world.

If you act with contempt for the time of others, then you are likely incompetent, someone really important, or a doctor.

No statistical model is correct; but some are useful. (Author = George Box)

Statistical analyses cannot assess the accuracy of the data; rather, they can assess the confidence in the variance of the data.

Statistical analyses are properly applied when assessing how a full glass varies from an empty glass. Statistical analyses are improperly applied when smashing the glass and examining the contents grain by grain, drop by drop, to divine the practical significance of the grains and drops.

Facts are stubborn, but statistics more pliable. (Author = Mark Twain)

The quality of the data at an individual research site in a multicenter trial may not be able to affect the ultimate direction of study outcome; but it can affect the variance, and thus affect the significance of results.

The problem with publicly thanking individuals for your success is that you will inevitably offend more of those you excluded, than ingratiate yourself to those you included.

There are 10 kinds of people; those who understand binary and those who do not. (Author = Unknown)

The most expensive study is a flawed trial.

As long as there are scientists, science will never be enlightened.

I could have accomplished more if others had recognized my genius earlier.

When multiple anomalies promote an adverse consequence, the defect most easily corrected, and most helpful when corrected, is best labeled the primary cause.

Be wary of paid icons near the end of their careers.

To the pristine academician, contemplating process is the most important part of any project. The actual work and implementation of the project are obsequious tasks best left to the unwashed others.

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly  limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum. (Author = Noam Chomsky)

When I wrote that, only two people knew what it meant—God and myself. Now God only knows. (Author = Robert Browning)

He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts . . . for support rather than illumination (Author = Andrew Lang)

Statistical gymnastics are important; exercising good judgment is also important.

Those who must quantify are atheists. Those indifferent to metrics are agnostic. Those who embrace limitlessness are the children of God.


Medical Quotes / Medical Quotations:

There just has to be limits. (Author = Ronald Goldberg MD)

It is the patient who has the disease. (Author = Denise Putuff MD)

Our first inclination is to blame ourselves when patients fail to achieve desired goals. As providers, we certainly should empower patients with medical education and management tools. However, once patients are given the power, whether they choose to turn on and use their power will ultimately determine if their newfound knowledge translates into actionable behavior.

The best exercises for patients to do, are the ones they will do.

Scales are more accurate during the summer.

It is impossible to prove drug effectiveness, without first having disease.

Drugs work best when patients take them.

A Hospital is no place to be sick. (Author = Samuel Goldwyn)

Why do so many of the most vocal zealots of a government-run health care system refuse to send their kids to public schools?

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until it is free. (Author = P.J. O'Rourke)

"Statistically significant" and "clinically meaningful" are like profit and wealth; they are not necessarily the same thing.

Statistical significance alone is not enough to establish policy.

I love humanity; its people I can't stand. (Author = Linus / Charles M. Schultz)

Why are so many of the behaviors associated with "living life" the same ones that end it?

The profession of medicine illustrates the fundamental belief principle that the more critical the service you provide, the less society should have to pay for it.

Regarding a progressive disease process, the only difference between primary prevention and secondary prevention is a bad day. (Author = Peter Jones MD)

To nurses, the best doctors are the nicest doctors.

To patients, the best doctors are the ones who order the most tests.

Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing. (Author = Voltaire)

The only real difference between medicine and poison is the dose….and intent. (Author = Oscar G. Hernandez MD)

An unexpected challenge is defending something obviously true.



Small Business Quotes / Small Business Quotations:

Entrepreneurs stay up all night, excited about other people's money they invested, in hopes of a quick payoff, so they can forever retire in a tropical villa. Small business owners stay up at night, worried about their own money they risked, in hopes of a steady return, so they can forever pay taxes to the government.

A penny and a $1000 bill are found lying on the ground. Entrepreneurs won't waste their time picking up either one. A small business person will bank the penny, and return the $1000 bill to its owner because it is the right thing to do, and because it may be a good investment in a future relationship.

Big business executives capture and move the pieces on the board. Small business owners are the pieces on the board.

Do you have a small business mentality? Well, if despite taking all precautions in changing the diapers of your son, you unexpectedly, inexplicably, and repeatedly get sprayed about the eye and face with foul smelling, concentrated yellow urine, and yet do not hesitate to change the next diaper, then you have a small business mentality.

Big business represents the unyielding fourth branch of government. Small business represents the fluid spirit of the people. Whenever government is drowning in debt, and continues to pour out money it doesn't have, its no mystery who will ultimately get soaked, drenched and generally hosed.

If you run a small business, and initiate a lawsuit more than once a decade, then you are either very unlucky, or way too enamored with the legal system.

The longer a lawsuit drags on, the less likely it is to settle, and the more likely both sides will end up losing money.

When told by big business to do something dubious that makes you feel uncomfortable, then learn the language of their domain. If you tell them you can't do it because of ethics, security, feasibility, cost, etc., then big business personnel will think you are just being an unreasonable jerk. However, if you attribute your inability to comply on your "institution's policies", even if you just made them up, then they will be more likely work with you as a fellow victim of an immovable bureaucracy.

Any small business correspondence should meet the following criteria: (1) The wording would not change if you sent it tomorrow; (2) You wouldn't mind having it published in a newspaper; and (3) It represents an definitive attempt to get something done in black and white, rather than a chance to use colorful language to illustrative the extreme rainbow ranges of the spoken word.

If you are a successful artist, author, actor, musician, or professional athlete in the first decades of life, then you are worthy of media admiration and entitled to whatever people are willing to pay you. If you are a successful small business person who sacrificed and invested for decades, then you are worthy of media ridicule and a greedy bastard.

If profits are evil, losses must be ten times worse. (Author = Bertram Troy)

Perennial success depends on daily exceptionalism.

If you feel your pay takes priority over your customers, your employees, and those you owe, then you should never run a small business.

If you believe "business development" means developing your business without developing your customer's business, then you should never run a small business.

If upon first encountering a challenge, you conclude it can't be fixed, then you should never run a small business.

If your focus is on how things can't get done, rather than on how things can get done, then you should never run a small business.

If you believe customers should adapt their business model to conform to your business model, then you should never run a small business.

If you cannot accept the realities of ledgers, and instead, share in your staff's belief in the magical money tree, then you should never run a small business.

If you prefer winning the argument over fixing the problem, then you should never run a small business.

If you believe talking about it is the same as doing it, then you should never run a small business.

If you are more comfortable embracing victimhood than implementing solutions, then you should never run a small business.

If you don't understand when to break some eggs, and when to walk on their shells, then you should never run a small business.

If you feel you are doing your customers a favor by providing them your services, then you should never run a small business.

If you feel you are entitled to a steady paycheck, then you should never run a small business.

If you don't understand the difference between being conservative versus being close-minded, then you should never run a small business.

If you don't understand the difference between liberally spending money versus prudent investments, then you should never run a small business.

If you valuate "investment" only in terms of money, then you should never run a small business.

If you believe being the boss means you get to work less than your employees, then you should never run a small business.

If gratitude from your employees for your sacrifices as an employer is a "got-to-have," as opposed to a "nice-to-have," then you should never run a small business.

If you don't understand the difference between being fortunate and being lucky, then you should never run a small business.

If you believe "some other kids did worse" is a compelling excuse for your child's poor grades, then you should never run a small business.

Despite the long-term detriment to the business, if you feel compelled to make short-term ego-driven decisions so others will admire you for the compassionate and extraordinary person you truly are, then you should never run a small business.

If you believe politics, ego, and bureaucracy take precedent over substance, quality, and timeliness, then you should never run a small business.

If you do not believe "actions mean more than words," then you should never run a small business.

If you do believe "actions mean more than words," and expect to get word credit for your actions, then you should never run a small business.

When you fail, if you believe the government, the people you know, the people you don't know, and their respective pets all owe you, then you should never run a small business.

If you are not willing to do the dance, then you should never run a small business.

If you trust people, then you should never run a small business; if you don't trust people, then you should never run a small business.

If you can enjoy reading a book without a highlighter, then you should never run a small business.

Upon being advised that being hit in the head with a hammer will cause pain, if you feel you are entitled to be impervious to pain should a hammer hit your head, then you should never run a small business.

If you believe you have invested so much that - one day - you will have finally "paid your dues," then you should never run a small business.

If you believe that once you finally get over "this," you can then really focus on work, then you should never run a small business.

If you believe in throwing bombs first and sorting out the innocents later, then you should never run a small business.

If you feel you shouldn't have to do the things you shouldn't have to do, then you should never run a small business.

If the client was repeatedly delayed in sending you the project you just received this morning, and you become upset because of the urgent reminders to complete your part of the project by close of business today, then you should never run a small business.

If your ego is larger than the size of your interest in your customers and employees, then you should never run a small business.

If you are unable to objectively and accurately assess what you are willing and able to do, then you should never run a small business.

If you pay a lawyer to be your friend or therapist, then you should never run a small business.

If your focus is on bigness and smallness rather than critical mass and margins, then you should never run a small business.

If you are important, then you should never run a small business.

If you believe you have human rights, then you should never run a small business.

If you can personally relate to your employees without the use of a spreadsheet, then you should never run a small business.

If you work really hard, but get unduly frustrated when you seemingly fail to get anything of substance accomplished, then you should never run a small business.

If you believe the best time to get work done is during the workday, then you should never run a small business.

If you believe the times you work the hardest are the times you should be paid the most, then you should never run a small business.

If you believe you can mercilessly disrespect colleagues with impunity, then you should never run a small business.

If you believe that Dicken's quote "it was the best of times; it was the worst of times" only applies to the French Revolution, then you should never run a small business.

If you don't understand how or why Native Americans used every piece of the buffalo, then you should never run a business.

If you don't understand how the Dark Ages led to the Renaissance, then you should never run a small business.

If you expect more from others than you do from yourself, then you should never run a small business.

If you expect more from yourself then you do from others, then you should never run a small business.

If you are motivated more by responding to a crisis than avoiding a crisis, then you should never run a small business.

If you don't understand the difference between getting someone's business, and getting someone's money, then you should never run a small business.

If upon encountering a challenge, you focus on how it is not your fault and why it cannot be fixed, then you should never run a small business.

If you believe you are entitled to be just as dysfunctional as everyone else, then you should never run a small business.

If you believe that debt is best managed by spending and borrowing more money, then you should never run a small business; perhaps you should consider government work.



Employee Quotes / Employee Quotations:

If sharing profits and benefits with employees results in greater returns, then as the business owner, you get it.

If your principles and mission are repeated through your words, then your employees will follow them. If your principles and mission are repeated through your actions, then your employees will live them.

Never make mistakes. Never allow your staff to make mistakes. Not only will this provide you satisfaction that your work is flawless, but will also provide you justification to be highly critical of others who fail perfection.

When you no longer spend most of your time on actual work, but instead spend most of your time putting out past, present, and future fires, then you have just entered the exciting underworld of middle-management.

In evaluating applicants, middle management prioritizes experience, so employees don't have to be trained. Successful business owners prioritize potential, so employees don't have to be untrained.

Two fundamental staffing rules for a successful business are to: (1) reward employees who are trustworthy, self-motivated, timely, productive, positive, team-oriented and engaged in quality work and then, (2) leave them alone.

Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig. (Author = Robert Heinlein)

It is more productive to tame a lively puppy, then to motivate a dead dog.

Freedom is the ultimate incentive.

Once a business starts and takes root, it automatically makes money. "Risk-taking," "self-sacrifice," and "return on investment," by the owner are meaningless concepts meant to take advantage of the little guy. "Income must exceed expenses" and "business realities" are bogus as well. The only thing standing in the way of you getting more of what you want is your jerk of a boss who is either too lazy or too selfish to simply pick the increased wages and benefits you deserve off the ever fruitful limbs of the corporate money tree.

If you are imposed upon by your employer to help make the business successful, then it is OK to demean and ignore your boss. The profitability of the company is not your problem. Yes, if the business fails, the owner may experience devastating losses of life-long investments in money and career. But for you, you simply find a new job.

Those whose first and only concerns are their benefits and pay when they start employment are immature and short-sighted. Those whose contractual focus is work satisfaction, potential for growth, reward for performance, and what happens when their employment ends are those who wisely believe tomorrow's happiness is more valuable than today's paycheck.

(1) "I'm new"; (2) 'I'm too busy"; (3) "It's not my job"; (4) "It's not my fault": (5) "It's beyond my control"; and (6) "Let me tell you about my personal problems and medical conditions so you understand why I haven't gotten what you need done" are like 6 bullets in a chamber - it only takes one to kill a customer's business.

Avoid trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. But never reject a perfectly good square peg by assuming every hole must always be round.

"Preemptive disasterophilia" : A desire to witness or create the disaster so that your unheeded warnings about the risk of the disaster transforms your ranting lunacy into a validation of your visionary wisdom.

Using words to ascertain what drives a person is like listening to the horn to judge the motor of a car.

We are what we do, not what we say. (Author = Stella Adler ?)

That's what we do; that's who we be. (Author = Blackeyed Peas)

Training best fulfills its objective when it is focused. Requiring the same testing from those who fly the airplane as those who make the airplane tires dilutes the proficiency of both. While this lazy and mindless hyper-regulatory approach is easiest, it endangers the lives of flight passengers.

You can get away with "half way" doing your work about half of the time. Its just that everyone else must then do four times the work to fix the half you didn't do.

When a woman employee of child-bearing potential becomes nauseated or light-headedness, or has an unexplained doctor's appointment, she is pregnant.

As an employer, the best way to express your commitment to a "woman friendly" workplace is often to be mute on the matter. Telling a woman employee her pregnancy is OK with you, and she should feel free to become pregnant whenever she wants, may not be received in the way you hoped.

No good can come from a call at 3 o'clock in the morning. (Author = Kathy Schmitz)

As an employer, don't ask an employee to stay once they quit. As an employee, don't quit with the anticipation that the employer will ask you to stay.

Don't send a letter of resignation unless you are OK with a reply thanking you for your service.

Employees believe employers are more inclined to give them what they want if they threaten to quit. Employers are not inclined to give employees what they want who threaten to quit.

When good employees leave on good terms, I am not keen on having them blamed for every screw-up that happens after they are no longer around.

If you are driven, hard-working, and committed to making decisions based upon sound business principles that create a stable and positive work environment so that your employees can provide for their families, then your employees will drive on pre-paved roads to work for you. If you are involved in the personal lives of your employees and make business decisions based upon emotion and wishful thinking about what "should be," and then go out of business causing everyone to lose their jobs, then your employees will walk through walls for you.

Its not always about you.

Employees who worship the devil are likely to steal your pencils.

Most errors and turmoil do not occur when an otherwise excellent staff is too busy, but rather when they don't have enough to do.

It is difficult to manage employee concerns of being overworked, underappreciated, and being frustrated that their input doesn’t seem to matter, when the same employees decline help, dismiss praise, and get defensive when asked for their opinion.

As your therapist, I can confidently say your unhappiness is not due to your family, life circumstance or because you are an unhappy person. Rather, your unhappiness is solely due to your job. If you change jobs, then all your anxiety should melt away in a rainbow stream of ecstasy. If it doesn't, then your unhappiness is soley due to your new job.

One way to lighten your workload is to be so unreliable that others find it more efficient to do things themselves.

If the staff has time to talk about another employee, then that is not the time to talk about hiring another employee.

While I will eventually get around to fixing the problem, my best initial response to a mistake that cost the company time and money is to go out in the hallway to talk it and brood about it, and then if possible, go to each and every other employee and spend their time asking for advice how I can improve my poor work efficiency, my failure to focus, and my lack of productivity.


Business Conflict Quotes / Business Conflict Quotations:

No one will ever see the best in you, if you are always looking for the worst in others.

No one gets more credit than those who give credit to others.

If you can't say anything nice (about someone), don't say nothin' at all. (Author = Thumper)

Those who always speak ill of others are pathetic, small-minded little people. Those who always believe them are the same.

When we all agree in harmony, it's not too long before they're wrong. (Author = Unknown)

Thoughtful solutions exist, but will never be implemented until we stop all the mindless chatter that makes us so stupid and ineffectual.

Show me someone who resorts to ad hominem attacks, and I'll show you someone who is losing an argument. (Author = Unknown)

You can never win an argument with an ignorant man. (Author = Thomas McAdoo)

Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. (Author = Mark Twain)

When others verbally attack you in a personal and inappropriate way, sometimes it is best not to respond. Letting their documented vitriol linger as the last thing people remember is often the best retort of all.

I can accept being judged by the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, because I have faith there is a heaven. But it is the 3 harpies on earth who are pathologically consumed with demonizing me that leaves me no doubt there is a hell.

Some people are like Slinkies.They aren't really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs. (Author = Patricia Briggs)

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. (Author = Harry Truman)

Ethical conduct is best defense against departing attacks from former disgruntled employees.

Live wrong, then even with wrongful accusations, it will be about you. Live right, then even with rightful accusations, it will be about the accuser.

Just because you are betrayed by employees and/or associates does not necessarily mean they are unethical, conniving, slithering little beasties who should forever rot in hell.

Some dedicate their lives helping others reach their potential. Others dedicate their lives crushing those who may pass them by.

Maximizing problems through cover-up and emotional eruptions ensures a painful and chaotic present. Minimizing problems through disclosure and rational resolution promotes a healthy and orderly future.

A lack of productivity often ensues among employees unmoved about what they know about themselves, but obsessively fixated about what they think they know about others.

They who are self-destructive rarely limit destruction to themselves.

The 3 basic rules regarding very poor service from a vendor include: (1) If the vendor can easily be replaced, then replace the vendor; (2) If the vendor can't be easily replaced, then your complaint correspondence should begin and end with a specific, yet reasonable request for restitution; and (3) If the vendor can't easily be replaced, and you can think of no reasonable request for restitution, then feel free to send a spiritual complaint that explores the philosophical landscape of right versus wrong. While it is unlikely that it will matter to anyone of importance - you should keep a copy of your newly penned manifesto to review the next time you or your staff screws up.

With. Without. And who'll deny its what the fighting's all about. (Author = Pink Floyd)

Turmoil is an essential nutrient to negative people, which is why disruptive employees are so consuming.

To the bitterly resentful, the lifelong sacrifice of others is a day of insignificance not worth remembering, while the success of others is a lifetime of jealousy that cannot be forgotten.

The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from achieving. (Author = Russel Green)

To lead and win the war as an employer, you must have blind trust in the supporting army of loyal employees and associates standing firmly behind you. You must also expect to lose a battle or two upon getting impaled in the back.

Never terminate an employee to satisfy another employee. The employee who covertly savages a colleague is often the same one most openly stunned and outraged when the co-worker is fired, and likely the one who bakes the sympathy going-away cake

Entitlement rarely loses its nature. Upon falling from celestial pedestals, the cries of the arrogant are often not tears of remorse for past deeds or regrets for prior condescension, but instead, childish whinings from the painful impact with the real world.

True and false claims of sexually inappropriate behavior are equally egregious, with each being more about power and control than about sex.

A cornerstone of the US judicial system is the axiom derived from English jurist William Blackstone: "Better that 10 guilty men go free than to convict a single innocent man." Exceptions to this rule are false accusations of inappropriate behavior against your staff, wherein: "Better that 10 innocent men be convicted than to let a single guilty man go free." Need proof? How many companies have "Sexual and Racial Discrimination Policies and Procedures" that protect the rights of the wrongfully accused?

To some elites, enlightenment is defined as embracing the evils of those perceived as disadvantaged, and wrongfully accusing those believed to be privileged, who look a lot like elites.

No matter how progressive you are as a man, and no matter how progressive the workplace you create for women, if you stay in business long enough, you will encounter a woman executive who believes and acts on the assumption that all your men employees are guilty predators. Its just that some men haven't been caught, while others are simply waiting in the queue to commit the predestined, inevitable, insensitive, sexually inappropriate act.

In this new millennium, "inappropriate" behavior in the workplace occurs whenever an accuser says it occurs, and when frivolous, demeans and devalues truly inappropriate workplace conduct.

If a woman dresses and acts in a provocative way, and a man is successfully provoked into commenting in a predictable way, then he is at fault, should apologize, be fired, and if feasible, flogged.

If a woman employee justifies acts detrimental to your business as due to women being emotional, then men in management should be open-minded in considering valid gender differences in thought and approach. If a man employee attributes a woman colleague's acts detrimental to your business as being due to women being emotional, then he should apologize, be fired, and if feasible, flogged.

The difference between a woman manager and the most precious commodity in business is . . . well . . . there is no difference.

I reject those who commit a blatant act of wrongdoing against my staff or business, and then claim it never happened, or dismiss it as simply a "misunderstanding." Those who commit blatantly wrongful acts should first acknowledge the facts, and then respect me enough to at least lie about the circumstances.

If you routinely miss committee meetings and are unwilling to do any of the work, then you should quit. Remarkably, this principle still applies even if your only contribution to the committee is berating others members about how wrong they are.

Don't chase rabbits; you'll only get stuck in the thicket.

Obsessing on the deficiencies of others while failing to fulfill your own obligations does not define compulsiveness; it defines whatever word best describes why no one wants you around.

Sometimes when you have a million things  to say, is the best time to say nothing at all.

I am so glad my misfortune has proven to be to your advantage.

Most people understand the concept: "He who lives in a glass house shouldn't throw stones at others." The confusion arises when people are oblivious as to where they live.

If you always perceive yourself to be a victim, then you will always be what you perceive.

It isn't really a case of "he said, she said" if she's the only one talking.

Those who throw others under the bus should never be allowed to drive the bus.

Some define the point of success when they are entitled to humiliate colleagues in public, rip colleagues in emails for no justifiable reason, and generally treat others as servants.

One of the simple reasons individuals spend so much time at work is because families are complicated.

Anyone compelled to proclaim themselves a "people person," is not.

Yes, I understand others arrive earlier than me, and they work weekends and I don't. But since my life schedule does not allow me to work their hours, it is unfair I don't get to leave as early as they do.

Just because you work later hours, does not mean you work more hours.

Three rules for bridge building: (1) make sure both foundations are sufficiently exposed; (2) don't make the gap needlessly wider during construction; (3) accept the reality that one side will need more work than the other.

I can forgive you; I just can't employ you.


I WANT YOU TO PAY ME MORE MONEY APPROACH A:  My productivity is consistently superior compared to my co-workers who have a similar position, and I have accepted new opportunities when offerred. Because of my increased value to the company, I am therefore asking for an increase in my wages and benefits. In return, I am willing to further increase my worth by: (1) agreeing to a more incentive and productivity-based pay schedule with defined goals that are mutually beneficial; (2) working more efficiently, and if needed, working additional hours; (3) taking on even more additional tasks and responsibilities; and (4) generally going above and beyond to contribute to the improved financial success of this company.    

I WANT YOU TO PAY ME MORE MONEY APPROACH B:  Although my productivity is consistently poorer than my co-workers who have a similar position, and although I have turned down past opportunities, I am demanding an increase in my wages and benefits.  I already work hard.  I should not have to do anything different, nor justify an increase in my wages and benefits. Furthermore:  (1) I should not be held to the same productivity standards as my other coworkers who hold a similar position, because I have worked here longer than they have, and work harder than they do; (2) I have proven my loyalty by working here many years and accepting prior raises and bonuses (and never a pay cut) during good and bad times for the company; (3) my family needs the money; and (4) I can do better somewhere else.


I would like to set up a call about my recent job interview with your small business. Both before and during my interview, you detailed what your small business could offer, and described your staff's immedite need for reliable and consistent help. But as part of my training while obtaining my degree, I was advised by my professors that despite what you said you were offering, it was simply good business for me to make demands of additional benefits and higher pay. I therefore expressed my expectaton of a level of pay and perks you do not offer your current employees, and requested full-time benefits for part-time work. As I mentioned during my interview, I have needs. These include an immediate 6 - 8 week paid time off for family-related issues. During our negotiations, I have since learned you hired someone else. This is disappointing to me because I really wanted this job. I would therefore like to speak with you to better understand why you did not hire me.



Business Philosophy Quotes / Business Philosophy Quotations

Thinking "outside the box" is most successful when someone opens the box.

If you cannot freely give credit to non-family members for your success, then you are either a jerk or have not had much success.

In the US, poverty is not best defined by a lack of material possessions. Rather, poverty is a dysfunction of location - such as the whereabouts of home, security, mind, body, spirit, and opportunity.

A closed mouth gathers no feet. (Author = Unknown)

Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. (Author = Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, ?)

Being repeatedly knocked down keeps you grounded.

An advantage to being repeatedly knocked down before you get back up is that the next fall isn't as far.

In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate. (Author = Isaac Asimov)

Things that often provided me greatest wealth are things I did for free. Yes . . . "wealth" includes money.

The reward for hard work is hard work. (Author = Unknown)

Happiness is hard work. (Author = Multiple Authors)

A goal without a plan is just a wish. (Author = Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places. (Author = Unknown)

We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. (Author = Aristotle)

Those are my principles, and if you don't like them . . . well, I have others. (Author = Groucho Marx)

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. (Author = John Steinbeck)

My lawyers have an unlimited budget, and each year they exceed it. (Author = Multiple Authors)

Just because you can do something, does not necessarily mean you should do something. (Author = Unknown)

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails (Author = William Arthur Ward)

When challenges are cultivated as evolving roots of new opportunities, a business thrives; feckless lamentation kills.

The most complete and reliable way to ruin your business, is to completely rely on others to run your business.

The only thing worse than having to pay taxes, is not having to pay taxes. (Author = Unknown)

The most fundamental decisions are best not decided, but instead acted upon guided by principle.

If you always act on principle, then life is never a test.

When the best thing is unclear, do the right thing.

I prefer to tell the truth - its easier to memorize. (Author = Graham Greene)

Luck had nothing to do with it.

In the workplace, the amount of paperwork is directly proportional to the number of paperless devices.

Two options to improve airplane safety: Plan A: Disallow checked-in and carry-on luggage; deny the in-flight use of all electronics; require passengers to pass through body scanners and certify the detailed accuracy of their body parts; force each passengers to disrobe and undergo thorough oral and vaginal/prostate exams as well as colonoscopy; and then bind each unclothed passenger to a crucifix from take-off to landing to prevent them from moving about the cabin, putting anything on their lap, or going to the bathroom. Plan B: Don't let known terrorists bring explosives on the plane.

With true capitalism, the more you use a product, the more your business is valued by the company providing the product. The travel industry is unique in that no matter how often you travel, and no matter how many precautions you take, an airline, a hotel, or a meetings person will ultimately find some way to punish you for using their services.

During my travels, the wonderment of unexpected encounters often make me feel like I never left the farm - and I don't live on a farm.

Once committing to a project, being "too busy" is a rational excuse only for those under the self-centered delusion that nobody else has anything to do.

If I didn't have so much to do, then I could get a lot more done.

If you are not "able" to do your job, and someone else wants to do it, then let them, or just do your job.

You are monkeying around with too many things when you can't find your glasses, but they are on your face; try to turn off the radio, but it isn't on; and want others to feel appreciated, but never find time to tell them.

Don't condemn incompetence; incompetent people make competent people successful.

A bout of ill-health is God's reminder to appreciate the truly important things in life - like staying caught up at work.

We all succeed, only if we all succeed.

Self pity is the drain to nowhere.

Don't just throw dollars at fires; it fuels the flame and your money goes up in smoke.

One business strategy is to let things ride on the chance you will be long gone before the game is over. Another strategy is to strive to be better today than yesterday, and better tomorrow than today. The first strategy is an easy roll of the dice with the objective of cashing out. The second is hard work and sacrifice with the objective of eventual return on an investment. The former is playing at business; the latter is running a business. Your choice reflects who and what you are.

Common sense is not that common. (Author = Voltaire)

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen. (Author = Albert Einstein)

The first step towards happiness is asking the simple question: "What do I want?" The second step is to ensure pride and ego do not keep you from completing the first step.

When life offers you lemonade, don't get stuck with only the rinds.

The problem is that too much pride and not enough principle equals failure. The solution is knowing why you do what you do.

During training, your work is preparing for your career. As an employee, your work defines your career. As an employer, your career is preparing for work, completing the circle.

Meetings should only be held by those who understand the difference between movement and progress.

Never confuse motion with action. (Author = Ernest Hemingway)

When others are trying to snow you, relentlessly asking for the cold, hard facts wipes away the word blizzard that otherwise blurs your vision.

If you wonder why "somebody" doesn't do something about all the negativity in the workplace, and you are the boss, then a neat trick is look into the mirror until the "somebody" magically appears.

If you assume all business responsibilities on your own, then your business will be closed within a year. If you defer all business responsibilities to others, then your business will be closed within a year.

If the repeated advice of your consultant is that you need other consultants, then you need another consultant.

Two of the largest business liabilities are obstinance and arrogance.

The second biggest challenge in business is to know when to invest in a project with a high potential for success. The first biggest challenge in business is to know when to divest in a project with a high potential for failure.

Timeliness will help you generate business from two important groups: those who are always timely, and those who are already behind.

If you want something done, give it to a busy person. (Author = Unknown)

I get more done when I am busy.

Running a business without paranoia is just crazy.

Cautious expansion while nurturing diversification enhances survival during natural business life cycles. Reckless and unsustainable growth risks a wasteful demise. You must always "feed the beast."

While somewhat treatable, "documentopenia" (lack of adequate documentation) is otherwise incurable.

Nothing disrupts the free flow of traffic quite like a tragedy to a fellow motorist, a dysfunctional traffic signal, a visible police car, a flat tire, and an oblivious driver lagging in the passing lane.

Regarding life, anyone who says: "I wouldn't change a thing" is either delusional, or never had a life.

Competitors are those who, upon doing the very best they have ever done, are convinced this is their new average.

A competitor is someone who believes balance in life is a strategic disadvantage.

Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but don't nobody wanna lift no heavy-ass weight. (Author = Ronnie Coleman)

Make a million attempts; then watch others marvel and resent the one success you achieved.

You miss 100% of the shots you never take. (Author = Wayne Gretzky)

Fair competition is amoral.

There's no chance unless you take one. (Author = ICarly theme song)

Neither underestimate, nor overestimate your opponents. You don't know all they know; they don't know all you know.

Reactive leaders get shouts from history; proactive leaders are silently forgotten.

Process is like potassium to the heart of your business. Not enough results in dangerous asynchronous, chaotic rhythms; too much stops everything and causes corporate rigor mortis.

Adding another layer of process in response to every problem turns a single page into a voluminous encyclopedic compendium; nobody reads voluminous encyclopedic compendiums.

You have reached a critical point of "branding" when less of your time is spent looking for work, and more of your time is spent on work that finds you.

Once you have reached your lofty status, it is hypocrisy to then criticize others for taking your same path, and shamelessness to then advocate dismantling your old bridges.

First, make them want something like what you are selling. Second, make them believe no one else has anything like what you are selling.

After 100 great steak dinners, a customer might come back. After 1 bad steak dinner, he will never return.

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to create an artificial shortage of fish and he will eat steak. (Author = Jay Leno)

When signing a piece of paper with a knife affixed to your carotid, it is the shiny blade that has your attention.

"We're a conservative company" is often the mantra of mindless drones sent out to explain the radical grab for corporate message control, and the liberal pursuit of other self-serving business interests.

O'Sullivan's First Law: All organizations that are not actually right wing will over time become left wing.

Making assumptions based upon political correctness makes for misguided staffing considerations. Any accurate assessment of the lack of certain groups to advance should include whether members of the group want to advance. For example, when women decline management positions for reasons of family or preference, this is not a sign of societal oppression, nor is it a display of irrational gender weakness. Rather, it is an expression of rational choice.

If you are unwilling to climb the Corporate ladder, then you shouldn't complain about your inability to break through the glass ceiling.

Most women say they would rather work for a man, until a good woman manager is given and accepts the chance to lead. Then most women say they would rather work for a good manager.

While unconscionable when it occurs, many women have the extraordinary ability to endure inappropriate comments and unprofessional conduct in the workplace - that is - until someone criticizes their shoes.

If during the lunch break, men spoke the same as women, they would be sued into oblivion.

Among many women in the workplace, the wedding anniversary seems to commemorate the date when a man transitioned from doing no wrong to doing nothing right.

It is sometimes understandable to think a woman employee should "man up." It is rarely wise to tell her.

The times to be cautious with a reporter are when the cameras start or stop, when you are asked to comment on and off the record, when the pre-formed conclusions are true or false, and when the topic pertains to the past, present, or future. Other than these times, you can safely be trusting of a reporter's integrity.

Assuming you work harder than anybody else is likely to be as accurate as assuming you have more problems than anybody else.

If you repeatedly say "I get it," then you probably don't. If you constantly tell others what you are not, then you probably are.

Its only the giving that makes us what we are. (Author = Ian Anderson / Jethro Tull)

Its not having what you want. Its wanting what you've got. (Author = Sheryl Crow)

Going to Church no more makes you a Christian than standing in the garage makes you a car. (Author = Unknown)

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. (Author = Albert Einstein)

A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it begins to add up to real money. (Author = Everett Dirksen)

Never ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by incompetence, or indifference. (Author = Paraphrased from Napoleon)

Getting the facts often reveals conspiracies to be acts of indifference. It is not that they reject you because you are a big somebody who must be stopped. Rather, it is more likely they perceive you to be a big nothin', so they just don't care.

Often, the best way to close a sale is to take it away. (Author = Unknown)

Once you sold it, don't resell it.

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says: "Make me feel important." Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life. (Author = Mary Kay Ash)

If everything goes against you, then maybe you need a different direction. If everything goes your way, then maybe you are not as successful as you could be.

Once the destination is set, the only decision is the best way to get there.

To maximize business expansion success: (1) growth should be in an area for which you have experience; (2) assessment of success should be through proven metrics; (3) the commitment towards carefully selecting quality employees should be no less of a long-term investment than the buildings and equipment; and (4) contingencies should ensure that if the expansion fails, it will not jeopardize the core business.

Without responsibility, there can be no accountability. (Author = Unknown)

You are never more wanted than when someone else wants you . . . or when you go to the bathroom.

Success is often the only difference between a quirky genius, and a deviant jerk.

The phrase: “If you didn't document it, it didn't happen” used to convey the need for documentation to avoid credible claims of denial.  It now conveys the need to avoid documentation to allow credible claims of denial.  Particularly regarding matters of potential liability, the squishy, unverifiable “call me” is preferred over the solid, evidentiary written correspondence.  Legal counsel used to recommend everyone document everything; now they recommend no one document anything.   Verifiability is “out”; deniability is “in”.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. (Author = Reinhold Niebuhr)

Some of God's greatest gifts are unaswered prayers. (Author = Garth Brooks)

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was. (Author = Walt West)

There are two rules for being a successful consultant: Rule #1 - Don't tell people everything you know. (Author = unknown)

Quality is remembered long after the cost is forgotten. (Author = Gucci)

I am entirely too busy to get behind.

When old ideas fail, management may proclaim "nothing is off the table." They may encourage you to propose bold new ideas, and "think outside the box." Do not be fooled by this cathartic, yet vacuous validation of supposed open-mindedness towards novel approaches. Because despite all their words, leadership will ultimately direct you to "just get it done" by, at best, allowing you to tweak the same old ideas, by working on the same old table, within the same old box.

When management asks you to be perfectly objective in "thinking outside the box," their expectation is you will reply in thinking their box is objectively perfect from the outside.

Its OK to reject new ideas - just don't waste other people's time by soliciting them.

Congratulations! After careful consideration of your qualifications, experience, and past success as an innovator, we have selected you to assist us with this project. We feel the best next step is for us to micromanage what you do, and how you do it, so it conforms to how we do things.

Each of you has an established record of success with similar projects. Now that we independently decided upon a development plan without your input, we are disappointed you are not meeting your goals. To help resolve your problems, we believe the best solution is to berate your poor performance, and insist you do better.

Although we did not take your advice, we thank you so much for your expert opinion, and continue to value your input. Now that things are not proceeding as anticipated (just as you predicted), we are again seeking your recommendations. Due to the important nature of this project, we are now willing to consider any proposal to move this project forward - as long your proposal does not alter what we have done, only affects you, and adheres to our original plan. Thank you again for all your help, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Those with scars have the most intimate knowledge of healing; those who avoided scars never needed healing.

If you want to get a project approved by management, convene a panel of experts who are well-aware they are getting paid for their opinions. In a follow-up meeting, re-invite only those experts who favored your project. Repeat this process until you can truthfully tell management that a group of experts unanimously and enthusiastically supported further development of your project.


Management, time scheduling, and you:

  • t = - 12 months: Management plans to get everything completed and submitted to you within the next 6 months. We wanted to give you more than enough time to complete your preparation to start work immediately as scheduled. This is critically important because the high priority and unique time lines of this project.

  • t = - 6 months: Management plans to get everything completed and submitted to you within the next 3 months. The unavoidable delay was due to unanticipated vacations, holidays, staffing turn-over, and weekends (who works on holidays and weekends?). However, this still gives you plenty of time to start as scheduled. This is critically important because the high priority and unique time lines of this project.

  • t = - 3 months: Management plans to get everything completed and submitted to you within the next 8 weeks. The unavoidable delay was due to budgeting and marketing issues. However, this still gives you time to start as scheduled. This is critically important because the high priority and unique time lines of this project.

  • t = - 4 weeks: Management plans to get everything completed and submitted to you within the next 4 weeks. The unavoidable delay was due to "legal" and regulatory issues. This means you will need to rush your preparations so that you can start as soon as possible upon getting the "go-ahead" from management. This is critically important because the high priority and unique time lines of this project.

  • t = 0 weeks: Management plans to get everything completed and submitted to you within the next 2 weeks. The unavoidable delay was due to "supplier" problems. While regrettable you are starting out behind, nothing can be done about that now, and nothing is to be gained by dwelling on the past. Everyone needs to be focused on the future. The bottom-line is that middle management is being pressured by upper management to get this done, and you need to complete your tasks sooner than originally scheduled. Further delays on your part are not acceptable. While regrettable, this is critically important because the high priority and unique time lines of this project.


During down economic cycles, balancing the budget requires a business to re-evaluate priorities and improve efficiency through eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse. This enhances business services and reward when economic cycles improve. When the government fails to balance its budget during times of deficit, it deprives the People a re-examination of priorities, improved efficiency, and fairness. Most of all, it disenfranchises the People by denying them better governance now, and even better government services and benefits when tax revenues recover.

Balancing a budget protects the future. It also protects the past legacy and current pride of an individual, a family, a business, a government, a city, a state, a country and a people.

When government screws up, it rarely implements measures solely meant to fix its own mistakes. Instead, "reform" usually includes punishing citizens who did nothing wrong. Because inflicting pain is how the government makes the people feel they are doing something.

One of the quickest ways to improve governance is to limit all discretionary government spending to a set percent of the yearly budget surplus.

You are unlikely to do anything for anybody if you try to do everything for everybody.

A measurement of your level of engagement is the number of times you are suddenly aroused from sleep, to leave yourself urgent notes, about immediate issues, that should have been resolved long ago, while you were awake.

Major efficiency consulting firms charge as much as $500,000. I charge $5.00. Even without knowing anything about your big business, I can confidently advise that whatever problems exist, they are not the fault of management. Instead: (1) you need to change your logo and website; (2) you need to downsize and redistrict your personnel; and (3) you need to restructure your business model. Finally, if most things are done "in house," then you need to outsource. If most things are outsourced, then you need to do them "in house." I just saved you $499.995.

The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic. (Author = Joseph Stalin)

Always thank those who you pay to fix problems; just be sure that the problems are fixed before you thank them.

If its access is so important as to require security, then establishing security precautions so onerous that it can't be accessed misses the point.

Needlessly onerous processes are a form of entrapment. Bureaucratic drones who demand pointless busy work share in the guilt when otherwise righteous individuals become incentivized to "bend" the rules, which in turn, makes them more susceptible to breaking the rules.

We are truly sorry that it took so long to get this to you. But due to tight time lines, your part is due yesterday. Thank you for your understanding.

Last Tuesday at 1 PM ET was the absolute "datalock" deadline wherein no further changes or corrections were permitted. That is because after this time and date, no possibility existed for anyone to make any future edits whatsoever. We appreciate that you and your staff put all else aside to meet our aggressive timelines. However, over the past several weeks, we now find additional edits are necessary. We truly apologize for this inconvenience and ask that you again put everything else aside to answer our additional queries, and meet our newest absolute "datalock" deadline, wherein absolutely no further changes whatsoever are permitted. Thank you for your patience.

This e-mail is in follow-up to the e-mail request sent to you at 7 AM this morning. It is now 9 AM. Although we did not call, nor gave you prior warning, this matter is of critical urgency. Please let us know when we can anticipate a response. Thank you in advance for your timely attention to this important matter.

Always ask the fare, before getting in the taxi.

A car drives better when it is clean.

I run faster and lift more weights when my shoes are tied tighter.

"Perception is reality" should not apply to ledgers.

A private mirror often reflects a different person than a public snapshot.

If you can remember every detail of events that took place 10 - 20 years ago, then you either have an extraordinary memory, or you haven't done much in the past couple of decades.

Employing someone who works, but does not produce is like being treated by a doctor who orders lots of tests, but does not treat.

Do not tell me how hard you work; tell me how much you get done. (Author = James J. Ling)

After the money, then what?

Other than money, what do you have to offer?

You have more opportunity to be a nice person when you are the boss. You have more opportunity to be perceived as a nice person when someone else is the boss.

Don't worry about how your personal circumstance affects all of our pay, jobs, and lives. What's important is we be compassionate.

When surrounded by exalted afters, it is both motivational and frustrating to be perceived as a before, even when the perception is from oneself.

If you are inspired to be more than you are, then aspire. If you conspire so others will perceive you as you were, then expire.

If the business is sound, a cyclical downturn should be viewed as an opportunity, if not obligation, to engage transiently under-utilized resources in upgrading operations in preparation for the inevitable upturn.

When too much is not enough: simplify.

Do something, unless doing nothing is the something you intended to do.

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. (Calvin Coolidge)

Don't tell me it can't be done, when what you really mean is you don't know how to do it.

If you are a 5' 11" adult who wears shoes with 1 inch heels, then you will appear 6 feet tall. However, you will never actually be 6 feet tall, no matter how committed you are, and no matter hard you try.

It is not the employer who pays the wages. He only handles the money. It is the product that pays the wages. (Author = Henry Ford)

The last items may not be the most time-consuming, but they do consume the most time.

Don't sacrifice the good for want of the perfect. (Author = Unknown)

Whenever you stand your ground, prepare for your ground to be moved to interesting places.

Most of my real work begins at 1 PM. That's because I spend 7 AM to 1 PM responding to emails I received from 6 PM the night before.

You cannot be "pro-job" if you are anti-business.

An anti-business mentality is devastating to the homeless.

Resistance to change is easiest, safest, and largely insulates you from blame from the inevitable decay that precedes the predictable demise. Pursuit of change is hard work, risky, and potentially costly from the inevitable screw-ups that predictably occur during growth and evolution. The choice is an inevitable death or a challenging life.

Self control is not losing it when someone forgives you for something you didn't do.

If your prices are too high, and your quality is poor, then you will lose business and income. One response is to raise your prices even more, in hopes that most of your bills are received by lower level employees who don't care about your high prices or poor quality.

Assumptions by the press regarding the state of the nation is dependent of the political party in power. If Republicans are in power, then the nation is militarily strong, so safe that security measures are excessive, and businesses are doing better than they should. If Democrats are in power, then homelessness, environmental concerns, and the human tragedy of war, unemployment, and poverty no longer exist.

Any activist organization compelled to claim it is nonpartisan, is partisan.

As a mid-level administrator for big business, you likely have dependent small businesses who do not charge by the hour. If you want to implement a new mandatory website or computer system, then it is not necessary, nor is it cost effective to expend your resources to ensure the system works before implementation. It is best to require your vendors to immediately begin using your new systems - ready or not. In this way, you benefit from having your vendors expend their resources (not yours) testing your systems. Most of all, upper management can be re-assured that your new business systems were implemented in a timely manner, and are now officially "online."

Let's say upper management's timelines puts pressure on you to be more efficient. To avoid being held to the same standards you expect of your vendors, one option is to demand your vendors complete their tasks within an unreasonable amount of time after you finally get things to them. If you are already doing this, then another option is to issue documented mandates, demanding your vendors complete their tasks before you get things to them. While logistically impossible for them to comply, using this approach, the record will ultimately show it was your vendors who failed to complete their tasks within the desired time period.

If you are big business, tell your small business vendors of your stellar commitment to privacy. Then insist your vendors sign an Agreement wherein you have carte blanche freedom to share your vendors' corporate records, birth dates, social security numbers, passport numbers, and dental records with anyone of your choosing, for whatever purpose, without their review, without their consent, without their approval, and entirely at your discretion.

In order to save me time, please call my assistant to schedule time to meet with me, about a project that benefits me, at a time convenient for me. Thanks!

Thank you for taking your time to call my assistant to rearrange your schedule, at my request, so you could meet with me, at a time best for me, about a project that benefits me. Unfortunately, I find it is no longer convenient for me to meet at the time I said I was available, and at the time I scheduled. Please call my assistant to schedule another time to meet with me, at a time more convenient for me. Thank you again for your understanding of my busy schedule, and I look forward to me speaking with you.

Thank you for agreeing to do me a favor. To ensure you do the best job for me, it would be best for me if you would call me at my convenience so I can tell you exactly what I want. You may be put on hold when you call me about doing a favor for me. If so, then please stay on the line and be assured I will answer as soon as convenient for me. Thank you so much for helping me get what I want.

I apologize for not showing up for our scheduled meeting. I understand that I requested this meeting that only benefitted me; I know I asked you volunteer to meet with me without pay; and I recognize I did not notify you I would not show up until well after the meeting was to have started. Nonetheless, it would be best for me if you would volunteer to meet with me again at a time better for me. If you choose not to meet, then please know I will think you an unreasonable and arrogant jerk for not understanding my importance, and my busy schedule.

Thank you for arranging your travel schedule and canceling other opportunities to meet with us during the upcoming meeting, at our request, for our benefit, and without reimbursement or pay. Unfortunately, something more important for us has arisen at the last minute, and we are no longer able to meet with you at the scheduled time and at the place we chose. We apologize for the inconvenience. Would you have any other time to meet? We truly value your time, and hope to hear from you soon!

I apologize for sending you an inflammatory email, falsely accusing you of failing to do your task. I did so because I suspected some of your colleagues did not do what I asked within the timelines I wanted. Therefore, the easiest approach for me was to send an accusatory blast email to everyone. Requiring you as the the falsely accused to take your time to respond to me was easier than for me to have taken the time to ensure the accusatory email was only sent to those for which the email applied.

We previously asked on meet on dates best for you. Now that you took the time to provide us dates, we find what we really meant is for you to agree to meet on days best for us. We are sorry for your confusion.

To show our appreciation for your business, and respect for your time, attached is a survey that will help us better serve you. It should take no more than an hour for you to complete.

Oppressors forgive and forget more quickly than the oppressed.

As of this morning, I'm not a bigot anymore. So why are you still obsessed about yesterday?

It takes lots of research to discover happiness.

Putting yourself out there makes you an open target.

I may be dysfunctional, but less so than others, and I mean well.

Our government is supposed to represent the people, not rule the people.

The purpose of advertising is to attract customers, not to impress others with your creativity.

If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you. (Author = Calvin Coolidge)

There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means. (Author = Calvin Coolidge)

I am not sure if my life is an experience, a lesson, or a test. But when I experience a life lesson, I am quite sure I am not the only one being tested.

If you are stressed by entrusting your fate to doctors and lawyers, try dealing with building contractors.

Destiny is pathed by bridges built, less bridges burned.

News "reporters" destined for nothingness are those so needy of peer-approval that they define "objectivity" through negativism, and measure "success" through the extent by which they harm innocents via vile exploitation of the privileges of the First Amendment.

It is unfortunate I irreparably harmed you by my errors. The good news is that through this experience, I may be less likely to harm someone else the same way in the future.

I hope to be so rich one day that I will never have to not work again.

My free time is apparently an open invitation to anyone who finds out about it.

Whether real or perceived, disrespect is the great motivator.

Zealots are blessed by the potential to affect history, but cursed by the possibility of failing to change tomorrow, by yesterday.

Advertisement is a business expense that provides the greatest chance for monetary gain, and the greatest risk for financial loss.

A profitable business model is providing services to the Northeast, while living somewhere else.

Business folks prioritize the flights; marketing folks prioritize the restaurant.

Broaden your life with purpose; focus your work with diversity.

If you sell pencils for a million dollars a piece, then you only need to sell one. (Author = Unknown)

Good governance is a balance between doing things, and keeping things from being done.

I believe something actually gets done, only about a year after it actually got done.

I could be more understanding, if I better understood.

Opinions are more valuable when they are truthful.

Regarding a problem that arose while I was having a bad dream, I sent myself an e-mail so I could to deal with with it in the morning, as I really wasn't in the most effective position to fix it while I was sleeping.

In contrast to government, if small business policies fail, then it is the small business who pays the price, not the customers.

When business fails, the market has concluded the policies were wrong. When government fails, the politicians conclude the policies were not extreme enough.

Compulsiveness is sleeping better knowing you stayed up all night ensuring everything got done.

I tried to fix my mistake that harmed you; so you should thank me.

You're nobody, unless you're somebody.

Nothing like a funeral to make you wish you were dead.

It is easier to influence what a person does, than to change who a person is.

Life is complicated; people are more complicated.

Life would be easier, if not for the living.

I spend half my time preparing to be twice as efficient.

Audits improve perfection.

The good thing about internal audits is they find things. The bad thing about internal audits is they find things.

As an external auditor, you are in a unique position to either throw them a rope, or string them up.

I find I play better when I know the rules.

It is extraordinary to me the degree by which the geopolitical powerplays of a few madmen can affect the everyday lives of so many regular folks.

Never conduct business in an open hallway.

If they ask you a question you are unprepared to answer, it is a sign of experience and strength to wait to get back to them.  It is a a sign of inexperience and weakness to answer a question before being prepared, forcing the inevitable retraction.

Luck is an opportunity accepted.

You have achieved success when time means more than money.

As an employee, I need a flexible work schedule; when we are not busy, my employment, pay, and benefits should not be affected, and no one should ever be terminated. As a Manager, you should be immediately available 24/7 for my needs; when I am busy, you should hire more people to do work I don't want to do.

Vacation travelers prioritize life experiences; business travelers prioritize home.

I have little experience regarding your circumstance, and I don't know what happened. But because I am removed from the situation, I have a better vantage point to advise you on how you mishandled things.

Because I was not around when the turmoil occurred, nor played any role in fixing it, I believe I am in the best position to encourage everyone to be positive and just move forward.

Wisdom from a child:

  • Toddler and self identification: "My name is no, I said no."
  • Younger child and punishment: "If you are going to ground me 'for good,' what will you do to me 'for bad' ?"
  • Child on understanding: "Maybe I should not have rubbed my warty foot in your face; but you need to learn to be more forgiving."
  • Older child and games: "Here's a name for a game: does dad's arm go that way?"

Why do I rob banks? Its where the money is." (Author: Jesse James)

We will no longer be sending documents for you to simply sign and return within minutes. Instead, because complex and newer technologies are always better than simpler and more established methods, we are now requiring you be assigned a username, to go to a website, establish a web account, create a password, login, and then try to download the document. When this doesn't work, you will need to contact the web vendor and/or technical support, be put on hold, and then try again. After only a few days of futility and frustration, we fully anticipate you will eventually be successful in downloading the document. You will then need to e-sign the document and upload it to our server. Once you have completed these tasks, then please take more of your time to notify us when you have completed this process. Thank you for helping us better use technology that should make things more efficient for everyone.

Three steps when mishaps occur: (1) minimize the problem by avoiding drama, acknowledging the error, and (briefly) apologizing for the mistake; (2) promptly fix things and implement change to help avoid the same problem from happening again; and then (3) move on.

Those who complain most about drama in the workplace are the often the same employees who do the most acting.

Those who trade freedom for money cannot buy freedom.

A workaholic is someone who feels guilty working on a project, because it takes away from working on another project.

Achieving success is not always convenient.

Discouraging employees from giving maximum effort to validate your compassion is a flawed plan, especially when you subsequently have to fire them.

I never quit a job because someone offered me more money.

If a woman employee makes a mistake that harms the business, and cries, then the boss is a jerk.

Because you invested more and worked harder than others, this afforded you greater opportunities. So in the interest of fairness, we must now implement preference policies that favor those who did not invest as much or work as hard as you, because they were not afforded as many opportunities.

A crisis often presents the best opportunity to succeed.

Unless you are evil, having haters means you are relevant.

True, I wasted your time when I falsely accused you of being wrong; but it would be a waste of my time to confirm you were right.

The reason speakers from the south can be so effective, is they speak slow enough that people can hear their scars.

Government and business policies are respectively based upon what is presumed fair and what is presumed best. For government, policies that stagnate incomes are fair as long as both poor and rich have no increase in income. For business, policies that increase all incomes are best, even if the increase in income for the rich exceeds the income for the poor.

Acts of kindness need not be complicated.

When invited to a meeting, it is better to be annoyingly persistent about what the meeting is about, rather than annoyingly unprepared after the meeting has begun.

Standard Operating Procedures make me tired.

Evil does not require understanding.

In retrospect, my opinion was not well thought-out, nor supported by any reasonably objective review of the facts. But since my opinion is now documented. If I changed my opinion now, then this would give the appearance I caved into pressure or was simply inept. So irrespective of how biased and uninformed, and no matter how adverse the impact upon others, my opinion cannot ethically be changed.

The reason we are requesting a meeting is not for the purpose of pressuring you to change your mind about your documented opinion; this would be unethical. Instead, our intent is simply to gain a better "understanding" of your opinion. We do this through the mind-numbing and punitive process of asking countless questions that will mercifully end immediately end after you change your opinion to one more to our liking. At the least, we are hopeful this meeting experience will be so onerous that it will factor into your future opinions.

"I just want to understand" can often be translated as "I am going to badger you until you do it my way."

Upon making the dubious decision to bring a temperamental infant on a flight, do not withhold food or comforts when the child predictably begins to scream. An enclosed plane cabin full of paying customers is not the place to teach life lessons to a shrieking child.

Do not leave phone messages of substance. Voice recordings misinterpreted as bombshells often blow-up.

Achieving lifetime depth often involves enduring daily shallowness.

Everything happens for a reason; sometimes the reason is to inflict pain.

If you make a horrible mistake, then you should find no absolution in that at some point in history, someone else made the same horrible mistake.

Yes, what I did wrong cost you a small fortune. However, I am only human; you should focus on what I did right.

Littering is a voluntary, reckless, and selfish act, which usually involves liquor bottles, beer cans, cigarette packs, cigarette butts, fast-food bags, lottery tickets and . . . sadly . . . diapers.

Politics is the pursuit of status quo nothingness, with the expectation of receiving accolades for what was serendipitously accomplished.

Compared to those who do play by the rules, too much attention is paid to those who do not play by the rules, solely because they do not play by the rules.

With some people, I find we communicate better when we don't talk.

Social politics corrupts fiscal responsibility.

Dust never actually settles. Its just how low the particulates are on a given day. (David Neff MD)

The wisest correspondences are often ones never sent.

When offered a gift you really want, don't make them beg to give it to you. "Thank you" is always an alternative.

As middle management, delegate as many processes as possible. Not only will this lighten your workload, but it will allow you to claim credit when things go right, and defer blame when things go wrong.

When something bad happens, the dilemma is deciding whether you are cursed because of something you did, or blessed because it could have been worse.

If you are a paid employee for a not-for-profit organization that relies on volunteers, then you should not be held accountable for work you get paid to do, as this would be unseemly for an organization that relies upon volunteers.

If your invited project is submitted early, then your project will undergo more scrutiny and elicit more requests for change. If your invited project is submitted late, then it will be streamlined towards approval, generating less work for you.

Yes, thank you for completing your work early. Since we had plenty of time, we had a greater opportunity to review and request the following massive changes. No, your colleagues will not need to make the same degree of changes, That is because they were late in completing their work; they are really busy.

Others would not agree to complete this project within our tight timelines. That is why we are so appreciative you completed the project early. Since we still have more time before the deadline, then you clearly have the time to solely dedicate to this project, and we are therefore requesting you do even more work, without additional pay or benefits.

Before you quit because of their disrespect in withhold what you deserve, tell them what you want.

You should not quit until you are sure you don't want to do it anymore.

Having a high degree of faith in others is both a great weakness, and a great strength.

Instability at the bottom can tumble the top; instability at the top can bollix the bottom.

Company audits can be good; government audits, not so much.

Sometimes the greatest perk for your best employees is to ensure all employees are held accountable.

When I don't want to do my job, I give 18 different reasons why it can't be done. At worst, I end up doing my job anyway. At best, I sufficiently wear them down so someone else will do it.

If I ran my business the way you run your business, then I would be out of business.

My success is driven by anticipating how to avoid doing bad things to others, while anticipating how others will do bad things to me.

Definition of Lost Opportunity: Create a quality product of high interest and value. Gather the very best management and staff. Spend millions/billions/trillions of dollars in facilities, research, development, and advertisement. Then pay minimum wages to employees with no incentive to succeed, marginal people skills, and limited communication abilities, to interface with customers.

The best way to prevent the electrical power from going out in your entire neighborhood is to invest lots of money in a generator for your house.

Barring an increase in sales, improved efficiency is the best way to increase productivity without compromising quality.

Trying to run in mud builds strong legs. (Author = Carl Orringer MD)

Benevolence is proportional to the age of your children.

Prejudices are rarely overcome by argument; not being founded in reason they cannot be destroyed by logic. (Author = Tryon Edwards)

Have something to say ; say it ; and stop when you’ve done. (Author = Tyron Edwards)

Never be so brief as to become obscure. (Author = Tyron Edwards)

Most controversies would soon be ended, if those engaged in them would first accurately define their terms, and then adhere to their definitions. (Author = Tyron Edwards)

I better understand when I believe; I believe when I better understand.

To some, those who are willing to work harder and sacrifice more are at an unfair life advantage, and are thus obligated to work even harder and sacrifice even more for those who do not work and do not sacrifice, and who are therefore at a life disadvantage.

When answering a question, never tell a mother her baby is ugly.

We choose our spokespersons on the basis they are unbiased and incorruptible, and willing to do whatever we tell them.

Thank you for promptly responding to our request you provide honest feedback. Unfortunately, because you did not agree with everything we suggested, we are moving forward with other experts, who either were more objective in agreeing with us, or who ignored our request for a response.

Thank you for voluntarily making substantial changes, based upon my suggestions. Although not mandatory and in no way intended to micromanage your project, I am curious why you did not incorporate every detail of my suggestions.

I am clear on God and the Universe; but a bit hazy on heaven and the afterlife.

Faith is worshiping God without the promise of heaven.

Faith is worshiping God without the assumption righteousness is rewarded and evil punished.

I have never found it useful to bargain with God.

What is the relationship between intelligence and having a soul? What is the relationship of consciousness and heaven?

While it may influence where to invest, deciding wether to invest should not be determined by the political party of a US President.

Children render philosophy a vacuous endeavor.

Never try a nuanced joke overseas.

When hearing the merits of a proposal, loudness should not be the deciding metric.

I regret the lack in communication; however in fairness, in my prior email, I did ask you to notify me immediately, if you did not receive it.

I am unaware of emails I am not receiving.

In order for our information technology experts to fix your Internet connection, you will first need to login to our service website.

A time-tested solution to fix cash flow problems is to "lose" invoices. At best, some of your vendors will not re-submit for payment. At worst, payments to your vendors will simply be delayed.

Sometimes the "perfect" plan, is not the best plan.

Given how hard I work, compared to everyone else, I am entitled to spend company time, complaining to everyone else, multiple times per day, about how I work so much, more than everyone else.

A horrible event is curiously described as "lucky," if it could have been worse, or if it prevented some other horrible event.

Happiness should be more than the absence of something worse.

Give me a chance; give me a chance; give me a chance. Now that you have given me a chance, and before I have actually done anything, how much more money are you going to give me for you giving me a chance?

In life, the Golden Rule is a noble aspiration. In business, the Diamond Rule applies wherein the objective is to do unto others, better than you would have them do unto you.

The philosophies of capitalism and "free markets" refer to private ownership of commerce. Neither apply to the principle that the greatest monetary rewards should favor those who work the hardest, or who are most deserving. In a capitalistic society, monetary rewards most often favor those who, within a free market, specifically work at making money - which is an inequity both Conservatives and Liberals refuse to admit they agree upon.

We are sorry for sending you the accusatory email. However, whenever a problem arises, we find it more efficient to blame everyone collectively, before taking the time to determine if the accusation is true, before determining the individuals who may be at fault, and before determining if the fault is ours.

The three times employees most complain of being stressed is when they haven't been on a vacation, before they go on vacation, when they return from vacation.

If you are not known for who you are, become known for what you do, and then you will become known for who you are.

Even geniuses learn from doing homework with their grade school children.

Employees are liberated when freed from the shackles of relying upon excuses as a rationale why something did not get done.

Companies that avoid customer service experience more "unavoidable" problems with customer service.

Reaching for the stars brings wondrous enlightenment, and blinding burns. 

‎Life is a cluttered closet that can never be neatly organized. The items you prize most are usually surrounded on the top shelf by a bunch of things you don't want or need, which often fall on your head when you strive to grab the really good stuff. 

For some, a "deadline" is the date to contemplate starting the project.

If no matter what you do, it is never enough, then you are doing it for the wrong reason, or for the wrong person.

Doing a favor for someone says something about both of you.

Doing favors for friends can sink friendships.

For a small business that pays its bills, a reliable measure of the strength of a business is how much the owner is getting paid. The more the owner is getting paid, generally means greater job security for employees.

Employees well understand how "income must exceed expenses" applies to them personally, but cannot fathom how it applies to their employer.

With regard to my professional life, I want to be recognized for my sentinel contributions. With regard to my personal life, I want to back out unnoticed.

Failure: I am too busy now; I am consumed about being too busy tomorrow, and can't even think about 3 months from now.
Success: I am busy now; I want to be busy tomorrow, and will do whatever it takes to be busy 3 months from now.

It is faulty, to fault others, for finding fault with your work, when your work is faulty.

Never let employees pick yearly paid holidays. Inevitably, employees will choose non-traditional holidays with the calculation they will not only get paid time off for the non-traditional holidays, but also get off the traditional holidays as well.

The less I work, the more I pray for things I want. The more I work, the more I give thanks for what I have.

When perfect documents are hidden aside, and then revisited, errors reveal themselves.

If at the end of your career, you alienate the supporters who hold your legacy, then not only do you hasten the end of your career, but you also shorten your legacy.

It is unfair when good people, do good works, to help other people, and no one knows, and no one cares.

"I spent the past two days getting my office organized," said the weekend warrior. "I wish I had time to get my office organized," said Mr. backyard barbecue and video game extraordinaire.

"I'm going home at 3 PM today," said the employee who arrived at 5 AM. "I wish I could leave early at 3 PM," said the employee who arrived at 9AM.

I am willing to engage in a dialogue, as long as we start the discussion about how I am right, and everyone else is wrong.

The greatest risk for an unfavorable audit, is being audited.

Thinkers help doers avoid wasting their time.  Doers help thinkers avoid wasting their time.

Since he works all the time anyway, I don't understand why he can't also do my job.

I am unsure all life lessons are necessary.

Its easier to have compassion for the harmful conduct of others, when you are not the one affected by their harmful conduct.

Organizational consensus last as long as the organization; executive decrees lasts as long as the next executive.

Diplomatic inequity arises when he comes after you with an axe, and you are trying to smooth things over with a butterknife.

Your voice is better heard when you join the conversation.

Substituting your opinion for the intent of others is not evidence.

If your reponse to gratitude is to demand more, then you will probably receive less.

It is easy to say "no" to employees if you don't care about your employees. It is easy to say "yes" to employees if you don't care about your business.

Employees believe the priorities of the business are best aligned when both employees and employer are focused on on giving employees what they want.

In small business, the problem with making one mistake is that you can no longer make any more mistakes.

Sadness is ending your distinguished career by hindering the progress of those you inspired.

If you meet the same timelines as everyone else, then your opinion is worth no more than everyone else. However, if you strategically miss deadlines, and wait to give your input until everyone else reaches a consensus, then you can achieve a 50:50 disproportionate influence over the final project.

Writing the conclusion before you get the facts is the opposite of journalism.

Whenever a phone conversation starts with: "as a friend, let me give you some unsolicited advice," hang up immediately.

You are 100% right; he is 100% wrong. You have gone the extra mile; he has moved further away. But if you would just compromise by doing whatever he wants, then this would all go away, and make our lives much easier.

Once the egregious acts of the the person who wronged you become an inconvenience to others, then you become the problem.

If in response to one side agreeing to accept less, the other side demands more, then this is not compromise. Convergence countered by divergence is not the intent of "movement is needed on both sides."

When "compromise" is defined as you doing whatever makes the problem go away, then "right" and "wrong" no longer have meaning.

Being gracious is easier when you are the one without the knife in your back.

A priority for medical science should be to protect me from things I want to do.

Miscommunication is a lack of clarity; lying is the lack of truth.

Government and big business find safe harbor when small business owners threaten legalities; they simply ship the problem to the fixed cost legal crew they already have onboard, while the small business owner becomes awash in a sea of unbudgeted legal expenses.

While incorrect, unfortunately, you are right.

If not for drowning, I would better appreciate the fishes.

I live in a world of intentional naiveté, wherein I default towards believing the best in others.  I find it is a good life, except when those who claim to be my closest friends, stab me in the back and then spit on my cold dead rotting corpse.

Politics really doesn't change people; it simply reveals their true nature.

Winning the argument with facts matters in business, legalities, and science; it is irrelevant in politics.

Politics is the art of managing betrayals.

Once your successful innovations make you a candidate for advancement, then don't try anything new.

Zero to infinite is the number of variables needed for a binary conclusion.

Friendship is defined by acts of kindness and support, not platitudes.

The path to righteousness is not under the feet of those who walk over you.

We would like to schedule a lengthy unpaid interview, so we can collect data from you in an unpaid detailed survey, to determine if you are "eligible" for a possible paid interview.

Ours is not a corporate culture of simple acquisitive aggregation of vacuous market segmentation. Instead, our corporate ecosystem is a global and holistic one, based upon accountability management, and authenticity in our customer-centric commitment to best practices. Our pipeline is guided by innovation, evidenced-based content, quality, and value. Our best-in-class branding begins with integrity and compliance consistent with our core competencies. Our commercialization action items harness our uberhierarchical resources towards the goaltask of consumer alignment and demand creation. Through content delivery platforms, geotargeting story-telling, leveraged optics, and empowerment processing, we generate universal, yet personalized content.  This is reflected in our translation of accountability metrics, content performance, and key performance indicators. In fact, the very foundation for the conceptual moniker of our corporate identity is built upon our engagement in market environment multisensing, such as social media listening, visualization, tactilization, and vocalization, which all culminate in social activation and social actualization. Our collective dexterity in exploiting this primordial native advertising is achieved not by createalytics, but rather via data-drive real-time analytics. In short, our marketing dashboard is multi-level, integrated, and contextualized through the upskill expertise of our cross-functional team. Because it is only through originative modeling to address unmet needs that we are able to target and engage the relevant stakeholders active in this space. This includes our BtoB collaborators, venture capitalists, stockholders, shared decision-making partners, and most of all, our customers, who through our shared journey, have every expectation that we plan to succeed, and not just survive. 

If we had ham, we could have ham and eggs . . . if we had eggs. (Author = Food Research and Action Center)

Virtuous is the employer who upon working 70 hours per week, expresses empathy for the employee who complains about working 50 hours per week.

I want the pay of a professional, but the responsibilities somewhere between a parking lot attendant and a movie usher.

How do I do this? I will leave it to you. How do I do this? I trust you. How do I do this? Use your best judgment. How do I do this? OK, how about this way? I don't want to do it that way.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me. (Author = Martin Niemoller)

One out of a billion is unlikely to affect the other billion . . . unless the one is a person.

Refusing to sign the employee/employer holiday card to a colleague not only says your a jerk, but also tells everyone you don't understand business.

The validity of a finding should not be dependent upon the degree the results are consistent with an unfounded bias.

Proclaiming a proposal or design to be flawed, only after the results are know, is flawed . . . and defines hubris.

Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your honor. (Author = Mark Twain)

Your worth as a human being is measured by the degree you affect the lives of others.

Three weeks ago was a paid holiday where I had a three day weekend. I then went on a two week paid vacation, followed by another weekend off. But now that I am back to work, I would like to know why you aren't hiring more staff. After taking so much time off for paid holidays and vacations, I fear my workload will increase and I will be overwhelmed.

Often, the difference between trying and succeeding is caring.

Beware of employees who object to equal opportunities, on the basis of unfairness.

When busier than usual, employees believe the business should always hire. When less busy than usual, employees believe the business should never fire.

Political theatrics are fast food for those who lack the stomach for the long-term commitment necessary to nourish real change.

You had a good fitness workout today, if you are unable walk tomorrow.

Signs often alert you to important crossroads, but rarely tell you which way to go.

After you took time to clean-up your stuff, you now have room to replace it with my stuff, that I don't want to take the time to clean-up.

How does it hurt you to store my needless things, in the space you created, after you got rid of your needless things?

Those who always wait for this before doing that, will always have a this, and never get around to that.

If you fail to attend to your higher-wage employees, then your business will fail to grow. If you fail to attend to your lower-wage employees, then your business will fail, before it has a chance to grow.

The more confidence you have in your own worth, the more freedom you have to acknowledge the worth of others.

The more you spit in the face of others, the less likely they are to show you kindness.

An person in power who is evil is no more dangerous than a leader who is both arrogant and an idiot.

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. (Author = Mark Twain)

People who always believe they are owed take from those who earn.

When sharks sense blood, they gnash their teeth, creating more blood. People who sense pain in others are often sharks.

Few things are more exhausting than human interaction.

Never ask a woman if she is pregnant, unless you know she already is.

I represent one of many within the financial division of a multi-billion dollar corporation. I am asking that you, as a small buisness person, go through your financial records, and account for our financial interactions with you. After your thorough and exhaustive review, please provide us a detailed accounting of all payments we made to you, the reasons why we paid you, and all of the applicable verification coding numbers we sent to you. While we could find this information by simply revieweing our financial records, it is the best use of our resources for you to take your time to send us an accounting of what we sent to you. This is a time-sensitive matter. So we thank you in advance for forwarding us this information by close of business today.

Don't burn bridges; after your venture out, you may need a way home.

Protesting for a cause often becomes ineffectual when it devolves into a discussion of the protesters, rather than the cause.

We balance our unreasonable demand that you complete your task immediately, by ensuring your payment is delayed.

Your presentation is too long; here are some things you should add.

Stoplights are not signs.

It is only through sharing vision and directing purpose that things get done.

Bubbles burst.

All life experiences are meaningful, even when purposeless.

Life's destination rests between what could be, and what should be.

Preparation may not make you a genius, but it will make you consistent.

Get to the joke, unless not getting to the joke, is part of the joke.

If as a teacher, your students do not learn, then this must mean your students are stupid.

History books shout the accomplishments of leaders who reacted to tragedies; history books are silent regarding leaders who proactively prevented tragedies.

Productive people are most productive when they have things to produce.

Speed is a measure of intelligence; if a person goes faster or slower than you prefer, then they are an idiot.

The birth of a perfect jazz is conceived when the sadness, happiness, tragedy, and triumph of impassioned spontaneous calculus is performed before an indifferent audience.

Existance + Art = Life.

Those who object most to business consulting have no objective business being consultants.

Adding more process to those you know do the right things, in order to address the problems from those you know do the wrong things, is likely to harm those who do the right things, and unlikely to change those who do the wrong things. But punishing those who do the right things through implementing the inefficiencies of needless process will allow you to make the case to upper management that you are doing something.

Simplicity is a threat to the riches of complexity.

Time causes stable problems to become unstable.



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