The Wisdom of Lao-Tzu

Of the best rulers, the people only know that they exist
The next best they love and praise;
The next they fear;
And the next they revile, when they do not command the people's faith,
Some will lose faith in them,
And then they resort to oaths!
But of the best when their task is accomplished, their work done,
The people all remark, "We have done it ourselves."

-- Lao-Tzu (6th century B.C.), Chinese philosopher.

The Great Leader is...

(This is an extract from September's Taking The Lead, the monthly email newsletter I write for Leaders in London, published today).

Carly Fiorina led the merger of HP and Compaq before being given the order of the golden boot, but has since had her reputation re-built by results: Thanks to her HP strategy, Hewlett-Packard overtook IBM last year as the world’s largest technology company. Tom Peters, the business guru and a past Leaders in London speaker, now refers to her as his "CEO Hero". Fiorina likes to quote Lao Tsu:

The First Responsibility of A Leader Is...

Spotted in Hub Member Nick McCormick's newsletter 'The Be Good News':

"The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.
The last is to say thank you.
In between, the leader is a servant." -- Max De Pree

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Nice quote on Servant Leadership

I took a look at the Tom Peters quote for the day thing that The Architect recommended and today's is perfect for me. See what you think:

"Organizations exist to serve. Period.
Leaders live to serve. Period".
- Tom Peters

(If you click on the link you can sign up to his Thought For The Day).

Is it Time for a 'new' Leadership Model?

Throughout our history we have endured many cycles. We are currently going through yet another revolution. What is underway now is a revolution which is comparable to the agricultural revolution of the late Neolithic and the more recent industrial revolution followed rapidly by the technology revolution. It is the combination of the industrial and technological revolutions which is spinning the growth society out of control. We are locked into economies where big businesses single focus is a limitless increase in corporate profits.

Thought From The Zen Garden: What Lies Within

What Lies Within

"What lies behind us
and what lies before us
are tiny matters
compared to
what lies within us."

Quite a useful thought as we all gear up to lead through tougher economic conditions.

More like this: Thought For The Day Website

Looking Beyond

Two stonecutters were asked what they were doing.
The first said, "I'm cutting this stone into blocks."
The second replied, "I'm on a team that's building a catherdral."
* Anonymous

The Wisdom of Words

I stumbled upon this site today when searching for a quote to use in a presentation on leadership.   It is worthy of a look. 


I particularly like this quote:

“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: Those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.”
Ray Goforth

Taking it as it happens

Here's a German proverb that I like (translated, of course)

"you have to take it as it happens, but you should try to make it happen the way you want to take it"

That's posted over my desk where I see it at least 10 times a day. It sums up my desire to be a "do-er" not a "done to-er"  - and my belief that you can influence almost any situation, if only by changing the way you react to what life throws at you. Something as simple as listening and asking questions showing genuine interest can change the way "it" happens.


I stumbled across the following two quotes today which I thought you might find of interest.   

Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation. William Arthur Wood 

The leaven of true leadership cannot lift others unless we are with and serve those to be led. Spencer W. Kimball 


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