This week I thought I would go a little different. I guess this is more of a leadership blog than anything else. That said; I like quotes. We use quotes in a lot of different ways and at different times. Quotes are used to inspire, discipline, direct, or just to be funny. They sometimes tell our personality and often times disclose our expectations. Quotes give us the ability to tell what we do or don’t like about someone in a non-confrontational manner.
If I am put in a position of speaking to a group, quotes come in very handy. They can allow me to get a point across in a way that I am not capable. They are great filler, especially if I am using slides. One quote, one slide. It’s good for at least 30 – 60 seconds.
Here are a few of my favorites:
“There is no point doing well that which should not be done at all.”-Peter Drucker
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”-Einstein
“Doing what is right isn’t always easy, but it’s always right.”-Anonymous
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say; here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”-Martin Luther King, Jr.
“If I were given eight hours to chop down a tree, I would use six hours to sharpen my axe.”- Abraham Lincoln
“Customers are like a force of nature: You can't fool them, and you ignore them at your own peril.” –Herb Kelleher
“You can have anything you want in life if you just help enough other people get what they want.”-Zig Ziglar
“Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.”-Will Rogers
Let us hear back from you. Leave us a comment – What’s Your Favorite Quote?