« Lessons From Cirque du Soleil | Main | Guest blogger Michael Gallery »

Inspirational quotes?

On the spine of Associations Now, we print a sentence or phrase from inside the issue. The quote is not intended to portend the contents of the issue so much as stand on its own as thought provoker. Here's a list of the first year's quotes... how are we doing? Do you have a favorite?

"Outstanding product and service development is nothing less than survival training."
Michael Basch, cofounder of FedEx
October 2005

"Trust is crucial. I don't think you can lead smart, talented, rich, and powerful people unless they trust you."
Jeswald Salacuse, author of Leading Leaders
November 2005

"Marketing is not a department nor a person but a mindset."
Philip Kotler, Northwestern professor and author of many books
December 2005

"Forget realistic goals. Overachievers focus on what's possible, not what's probable."
John Eliot, author of Overachievement: The New Model for Exceptional Performance
January 2006

"Everyone in your organization has unique experiences that may contribute to developing your next great idea."
David Silverstein, author of Insourcing Innovation
February 2006

"Be bold. ... You want people to get in there and get their hands dirty."
Jimbo Wales, founder Wikipedia
March 2006

"During a crisis, my third command was always to put on the kettle. If the skipper wants a cup of tea, it can't be that bad."
Simon Walker, yachting captain
April 2006

"People are not stupid ... so if the frame is not seen as valid in the eyes of the electorate or consumers, it's going to be rejected."
Paul Begala, political consultant
May 2006

"When working with the board, what's said is important, but what's left unsaid is critical."
Peter Wacht, senior director of National Court Reporters Association quoting Sue Wolk, former CEO of AIIM
June 2006

"One of the most successful marketing campaigns ever, Got Milk?, was born of desperation."
Jeff Manning, former executive director of California Milk Processor Board
July 2006

"You don't shy or runaway from chaos. You actually revel in it."
Kevin Carroll. author of Rules of the Red Rubber Ball
August 2006

"Stop being nice."
Dick Grote, author of Discipline Without Punishment
September 2006

"I don't do maintenance. By definition, maintenance is the status quo."
Cynthia Mills, CAE, president and CEO of Tree Care Industry Association
October 2006

"Good leaders have a nuanced insight about how to assemble power and use it."
Jim Collins, author of Good to Great
November 2006



Here are some quotes I included in our 2006 annual report, heading each section:

"The future is now--it's just not evenly distributed."
William Gibson

"You've got to outlast yourself."
Clint Eastwood

"We learn nothing from things we know."
John Cage

"If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out."
Oscar Wilde

"What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible."
Theodore Roethke

"We have to sleep with open eyes, we must dream with our hands."
Octavio Paz

"The wave can never be afraid of the ocean."
Sultan Velad

You can find these and more in "Breathing On Your Own: Quotations for Independent Thinkers, compiled by Richard Kiehl.

I have never even noticed the quotes on the spine. But it'll probably be the 2nd thing I look at (after the cover) from now on...

I came across a great quote:

"The surest and the easiest way to succeed is to be in sync with nature." - Suhas Sreehari

Isn't is so much true??

Comments are now closed on all posts.