Kate Moor's picture

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

Marne Platt's picture

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.

Kate Moor's picture


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 

Servant Leader's picture

How do I lead when I'm not the boss?

“Our experience is that often the best and most critical people sit in the middle. We only have to use them in the right way…translating vision into action and action into vision. Many Japanese companies no longer talk about bottom-up or top-down processes. Instead, they realise that real organizational action is dependent on processes better characterised as middle-up-down.”
Source: the book Funky Business, by Kjell Nordstrom and Jonas Ridderstrale

Kate Moor's picture

Attitude - Words of Wisdom

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.

Kate Moor's picture


"Your most precious, valued possessions and your greatest powers are invisible and intangible. No one can take them. You, and you alone, can give them. You will receive abundance for your giving." -  W. Clement Stone

Peter Cook's picture

The head, heart, soul of leadership and rock'n'roll

“Sex, Leadership and Rock’n’Roll – Can life be that simple?”

“Not really. You need to know why you’re doing what you do as well.”

“So, does Leadership benefit from an MBA?”

“Yes, but no. You need attitude and soul as well …”

“So, is the secret of leadership not only technique but also attitude?”

“Er, definitely maybe …”

Martin Schoen's picture

Crazy Wisdom

“A Zen Master once told me ‘whatever I say, do the opposite.’ So I didn't.”—Anon.

"I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation."—George Bernard Shaw

“A wise man makes proverbs but a fool repeats them.”—Anon.

Zen Master's picture

Future fears, Present chances

If our minds are taken up with fears and hopes about the future,

we shall miss the chances that the present offers us.

Much of a leader's time is spent trying to create a future that people will want to move towards (vision and strategy).

Do not forget to dwell and act in the present (execution).

Servant Leader's picture

Albert Einstein on Servant Leadership

Albert Einstein

This week, I came across a quotation from Albert Einstein that helps explain the underlying paradox behind the phrase 'servant-leader' for those who think of leadership in traditional terms - 'dominator' management, as Dee Hock, founder of Visa calls most leadership.