The Wisdoms Project


I’m big on leadership.  I like to be in charge.  I like to see that things get done. I enjoy being the person to whom others look to for direction, to guide the discussion of ideas, to supervise the execution of the plan, to accept the major responsibility for its possible failure and to share in its probable success.

I have a leadership style that is based on reaching the goal while seeing that those traveling with me enjoy the trip and the destination as much as I do.

Sure I have a big ego (I’ve used the word “I” nine times here so far), but I (10) insist on respecting everyone else’s ego too, and leading others as I (11) like to be led.

The boss drives people….the leader coaches them.
The boss depends upon authority….the leader depends upon good will.
The boss inspires fear….the leader inspires enthusiasm.
The boss says, “I”….the leader says, “We.”
The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown….the leader fixes the breakdown.
The boss says, “Go”….the leader says, “Let's go!”
H. Gordon Selfridge

If you cry “Forward,” you must make clear the direction in which to go. Don't you see that if you fail to do that and simply call out the word to a monk and a revolutionary, they will go in precisely the opposite direction.
Anton Chekhov

 If you’re ridin’ ahead of the herd
….look back regularly
  to make sure it’s still there.

The secret of walking on water knowing where the stones are.

If the leader is upright….all will go well even though no orders are given.
But if the leader is not upright….even if orders are given,
they will not be obeyed fully.

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.  Without it, no real success is possible….no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.
Dwight D. Eisenhower  

Efficiency is being able to do things right.
Effectiveness is being able to do the right thing.

Wise leaders grant both authority and responsibility
to those they have delegated assignments.

Trust people and they will be true to you.
Treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

You must not be threatened by capable contemporaries or subordinates. Be wise in selecting capable captains to achieve those things a chieftain can attain only through strong subordinates.
Wess Roberts

Never, at first, tell people how to do things.
Tell them what to do and they will usually surprise you with their ingenuity.
George S. Patton

The best executives are those who have the sense to pick good people to do what they want done and the self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
Theodore Roosevelt

Good executives never put off until tomorrow
what they can get someone else to do today.

The lack of realization is the true cause of the lack of power.
What we do not understand, we cannot control.
Charles Reich

Leaders must know, must know that they know, and must be able to make it abundantly clear to those around them that they know.
Clarence Randall

Pull the string….and it will follow wherever you wish.  Push it….and it will go nowhere at all.
                                                             Dwight D. Eisenhower

The manager administers….the leader innovates.
    The manager maintains…. the leader develops.
    The manager relies on systems….the leader relies on people.
        The manager counts on control….the leader counts on trust.
        The manager does things right….the leader does the right thing.

A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his/her share of the blame
….and a little less than his/her share of the credit.
John C. Maxwell


                    Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence, per se
                                        ….but rather in constant improvement and in constant change.
Tom Peters

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
John D. Rockefeller

Who Reads What and Why:

The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.
    The New York Times is read by people who think they run the country.
    The Washington Post is read by people who think they should run the country.
    USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country, but don’t really understand
                    the Washington Post.  They do, however, like their smog statistics shown in pie charts.
    The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn’t mind running the country, if they could
                    spare the time, and if they didn’t have to leave L.A. to do it.
    The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents use to run the country and they did a far
                    superior job of it, thank you very much.
    The New York Daily News is read by people who aren’t too sure who’s running the country,
                    and don’t really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.
    The New York Post is read by people who don’t care who’s running the country either,
                    as long as they do something really scandalous, preferable while intoxicated.
    The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren’t sure there is a country, or that anyone
                    is running it; but whoever it is, they oppose all that they stand for.  There are occasional
                    exceptions if the leaders are handicapped minority feministic atheist dwarfs,
                    who also happen to be illegal aliens from any country or galaxy
                    as long as they are Democrats.

To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart.

                                                                   Justice must not only be done
….it must be seen being done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that they had done you a greater one.
Russell Lynes

Grow antennae; not horns.
James R. Angell

The best morale exists when you never hear
the word “morale” mentioned.
When you hear a lot of talk about morale,
it’s usually lousy.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Firings will continue until morale improves.

Quiet friendliness will often win where loud logic has failed.

Tart words make no friends.
A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because they want to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Gentleness is a divine trait.
Nothing is so strong as gentleness….and nothing is so gentle as real strength.
    Ralph Sockman

There are two ways of exerting one's strength
                                        ….one is pushing down and the other is pulling up.
    Booker T. Washington

A leader is a dealer in hope.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Nearly everyone can stand adversity
                  ….but if you want to test people's character, give them power.
    Abraham Lincoln

All power is based upon perception.
If you think you’ve got it, then you’ve got it.
If you think you don’t have it….even if you do have it
                           ….then you don’t have it.
Herb Cohen

Pretend to be completely in control and people will assume that you are.
                            Steve Jobs

When it was suggested that he might not be mature enough to be President of the United States, Senator John F. Kennedy replied:
“To exclude from positions of trust and command all those below the age of forty-four would have kept Jefferson from writing the Declaration of Independence, Washington from commanding the Continental Army, Madison from fathering the Constitution and Christopher Columbus from discovering America.”

The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four guys who haven’t made up their minds yet.
Casey Stengel

Never be haughty to the humble. Never be humble to the haughty.
    Jefferson Davis

You can buy or sell anything if you can get the other side of the table
….to see how the deal works to their advantage.
    Harvey Mackay

Blessed is the person who will work hard as a member of the committee
….of which they really wanted to be chairperson.

                          Leadership is action, not position.
Donald McGannon

We must be the change we wish to see in the world.
Mohandas Gandhi

Courage is contagious.
When a brave person takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.
    Billy Graham

Courage is not the absence of fear.
It is inspiring others to move beyond it.
Nelson Mandela

Competing pressures tempt one to believe that an issue deferred
is a problem avoided.  More often it is a crisis invented.
    Henry Kissinger

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem
before it becomes an emergency.
Arnold Glasow

How to Tell a Businessman from a Businesswoman:

    A businessman is aggressive.  A businesswoman is pushy.
    A businessman is good at details.  A businesswoman is picky.
    He loses his temper because he is so involved in his job. She gets bitchy for no reason.
    When he’s depressed, everyone tiptoes past his office.
When she’s moody, it must be her time of the  month.
    He follows through.  She doesn’t know when to quit.
    He acts with confidence.  She’s conceited.
    He stands firm.  She’s stubborn.
    He makes a judgment call.  She’s prejudiced.
    He is a man of the world.  She’s been around.
    He isn’t afraid to say what he thinks.  She’s mouthy and opinionated.
    He exercises his authority.  She pushes her weight around.
    He’s demanding, but fair.  She’s hard to work for.
    He climbed the ladder of success.  She slept her way to the top.

Seems as if some people grow with responsibility
…. others just swell.

It's a pity, but for the most part
 our leaders are merely following out in front.
They only marshal us in the way that we are going.
    Bergen Evans

There is no necessary connection between
    the desire to lead and the ability to lead
     and even less the ability to lead somewhere
   that will be to the advantage of the led.

True leaders are not those who strive to be first, but those who are first to strive and who give their all for the success of the team.  True leaders are first to see the need, envision the plan, and empower the team for action.  By the strength of the leader’s commitment….the power of the team is unleashed.