Saturday, October 07, 2006

Quotes Collection 7

A collection of some of my favorite quotes:

I don't want to hear someone else beat us to the marketplace because we didn't get out of the building. You have to get out and talk to people to find out about your problems.
-Frank Hauck, executive VP of products and offerings, EMC Corp.

We spent most of the 20th century creating things that people somewhere might like. Then we broadcast messages to find those people and get their money. Today, instead of giving people a lot of choices and taking orders, we are beginning to serve customers better by getting to know them. A company that knows what I want has a great advantage over a company that offers me a slew of choices and makes me sift through them.
-Martha Rogers, partner, Peppers and Rogers Group

In the new world of work, passion and expertise are the Rosetta stone.
-Julie Anixter, managing director of new media and R&D, Tom Peters Co.

I'm seriously pissed off, absolutely irritated that Lucent, Nortel, and Cisco are in the tank. It only goes to show that those companies have astonishingly stupid customers. Now is the time to turn the heat up, not down.... Go bananas on IT and marketing spending while your competitors are too stupid to do so.
-Tom Peters, management guru and author

Create a "To-Don't" list that contains tasks, rituals, and meetings that you should never waste your time on again. Then stick to it.
-Tom Peters, management guru and author

Celebrate weakness. Play the fool in your group or your company by embracing inversion, absurdity, and perseverance. Inverted thinking may help you leapfrog the competition. And just think of the innovations that rose from failure: Post-it Notes, the telephone, Silly Putty, the lightbulb.
-Annette Moser-Wellman, author of The Five Faces of Genius

When you're faced with a decision, always choose the bolder option. The most extraordinary things are created by ordinary people.
-Simon Walker, managing director, Challenge Business

I tell my staff, 'If the solution you're proposing isn't simpler than what we're doing today, then don't even bother telling me about it.
-Peter Foss, president of the Polymerland division

You can't control your brand. It's like a kid. You can raise it, but in the end, it will do what it wishes. Brands need strong and loving parents.
-Scott Bedbury, founder and CEO, Brandstream

Leadership is an army you have to enlist in. You can't get drafted into leadership. You can get drafted into management.
-Rayona Sharpnack, founder and president, the Institute for Women's

If you're a traditional employer, beware: You're a way station for talent just until the economy clears up.
-Bruce Tulgan, founder Rainmaker Thinking

No problem well stated is a problem half solved.
-Charles F. Kettering

No man would listen to you talk if he didn't know it was his turn next.
-Ed Howe

Before you build a better mousetrap, it helps to know if there are any mice out there.
-Mortimer B. Zuckerman

A company with a good product rarely needs a mission statement.
-Scott Adams

Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thoughts.
-Sir William Osler

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