September 01, 2015

HOBBES KNOWS


"The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness."

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher/author.

Contentedness is a form of happiness.

Find that and you'll be happy, tail or no tail.

August 31, 2015

IF YOU WANT TO LEAD . . .


"Follow the crowd and you will never be followed by a crowd."

Unknown

Ok but at least understand what the crowd thinks, where it intends to go.

Not doing that is another reason you will never be followed.

August 28, 2015

I KNOW THIS MUCH


"Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our life."

Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher

Don't know how Ms. Weil would know that, and "three quarters" does sound like a convenient number regardless.

But I do believe the concept is true.

What I imagine added to what I erroneously believe to be true is a big number.

What about you?

August 27, 2015

LISTENING FOR TRUTH IN DREAMS


"Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top."

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British novelist and essayist.

We easily convince ourselves that our initial thought is correct, so much so we don't further reflect, listening for "submerged truth". 

How much more might we win; how many losses might we avoid were we to do so?

August 26, 2015

BUSINESS WITHOUT LEADERSHIP? OUT OF BUSINESS


"Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes."

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) German writer.

True for leaders as well as heroes.

However, whereas most heroes are proclaimed a hero after actually doing something heroic, many "leaders" are put in positions of leadership without having demonstrated leadership ability.

Being in a position of leadership does not necessarily mean you are leading.

It only means you were suppose to lead.

And if you don't lead you won't not lead for long.

You, the company, very possibly both, won't survive.