April 23, 2014

ONLY WHAT YOU SEE, ONLY WHAT YOU ALREADY KNOW?


"The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend."

Henri Bergson (1859-1941) French philosopher

You can also reverse this (the mind comprehends only what the eye can see), and considering both you should understand the main obstacle to innovation.

When you only see what you already know, and when you only know what you can see, you live in a very limited space.

April 22, 2014

THIS ISN'T A BAD THING


"Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is."

Albert Camus (1913-1960) French novelist/essayist/dramatist

Not all the time but enough that we should stop and think why we are not always striving to become something better.

April 21, 2014

THE KIND BUSINESS


"To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life."

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author

I think you could drop the second "of" and it would apply equally well.

Agree?

April 18, 2014

SOME BUT NOT ALL OF WHAT YOU KNOW


"Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time."

Chinese proverb

Graham Nash told us, "Teach your children well", however that doesn't mean all or only what you know.

Substitute "employees" for "children" and the thought applies equally as well.

April 17, 2014

LEARNING FROM THAT WHICH IS NO MORE


"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living."

Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC) Writer/politician/Roman orator

Maybe for people but unfortunately not for companies.

There is much to learn from those who failed in business where you wish to succeed.

Are you learning from their demise?

April 16, 2014

Ornamental Education


"Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity."

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Greek philosopher

The degrees we list on our resumes only suggest our worth; until we are tested they are, as Aristotle says, "ornaments".

However, education of any sort put to use, which doesn't always happen, is an advantage.  

In either case, sooner or later, and generally sooner, we must perform.

April 15, 2014

CONSULTANT ADVICE


"Consult. To seek another's approval of a course already decided on."

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman/short-story writer

Here's my consultation.

Don't employ any consultant, me included, unless you are willing to do what we recommend.

Particularly actions you may not intend or want to do.

To do otherwise is simply wasting your money.

April 14, 2014

JUDGE ME ON WHAT I (PLAN TO, WANT TO, ALMOST) DO?


"Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks,  feels, or believes."

Unknown Source

Supposed intentions are no substitute for what we actually do.

If they were, I'd be a saint.

How about you?

April 11, 2014

THE YIN AND YANG OF RIGHT AND WRONG


"Nowadays those are rewarded who make right appear wrong."

Terence (195/185 BC-159 BC) Playwright of the Roman Republic

Is today any different?

Maybe only in that those who make wrong appear right are rewarded even more.