Business Philosophy Quotes / Business Philosophy Quotations
Successful thinking "outside the box" usually means someone simply opened the box, or failing that, chose a different 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.
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)
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.
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, 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.
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 you worry about how your prolonged absence affects all of our pay, jobs, and lives. What's most important is that we all be compassionate about your personal circumstance.
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 to the scheduled meeting I requested. Although the meeting only benefitted me, and although you were to receive no payment for the time you set aside to meet with me, nor getting paid for your time for any similar meeting in the future to meet with me, it would be best for me if you would agree to reschedule this meeting at a time better for me. If you choose not to meet, then just know I will think you an unreasonable arrogant jerk for not understanding 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!
The reason I sent you an email, falsely accusing you of failing to do your task, was because I suspected some of your colleagues did not do what I asked, when I wanted them to do it. Therefore, the easiest approach for me was to send an email to everyone, wrongfully accusing everyone in a blast email. Requiring the falsely accused to take their time to respond to me was easier than for me to take my 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.
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.
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 volunteer 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 being "lucky," if it could have been worse, or if it prevented some other horrible event.
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 feel most justified in complaining of stress are before they go on vacation, when they are on vacation, and 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.
Sometimes, doing favors can crush relationships.
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 do my job too.
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.
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 easier.
Once the egregious acts of the the person who wronged you become an inconvenience to others, then you become the problem.
Negotiations is not the art of one side moving to accept less, while the other side moves towards demanding more. Convergence met 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 relevance.
It's easier being gracious when you are not the one with the knife in your back.
A medical science priority should be to protect me from things I prefer to do.
Miscommunication is the 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 legal crew they already have on payroll, 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.
I continue to grapple with whether politics changes people, or whether politics simply reveals their true nature.
Winning the argument with facts matters in business, legalities, and science; it is irrelevant in politics.
Once your successful innovations make you a candidate for advancement, then do not try anything new.
Zero to infinite is the number of variables needed for a binary decision or outcome.
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 you can complete 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, which is critical towards the 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 would include our BtoB collaborators, venture capitalists, shared decision-making partners, and most of all, our customers, who 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)