A Quote by Richard Farson on innovation, vision, visionary, risk, perception, fresh brain, leadership, and curiosity

Those who see what's obvious aren't necessarily brighter than others.  They're just more likely to observe that the emperor is naked.  Like children, they see what's actually there.  Their perceptions are less clouded by belief systems, taboos, habits of thought.  One responsibility of management---an important one---is to call attention to the invisible obvious, pointing it out as a child does (sometimes to the embarrassment of adults).  Doing so also requires supporting employees who take that risk, too, and other risks as well.

Richard Farson

Source: Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins, Pages: 76

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A Quote by Richard Farson on innovation, vision, visionary, leadership, curiosity, james watt, and ah-ha moment

The best ideas aren't hidden in shadowy recesses.  They're right in front of us, hidden in plain sight.  Innovation seldom depends on discovering obscure or subtle elements but in seeing the obvious with fresh eyes.  This is easier said than done because nothing is as hard to see as what's right before our eyes.  We overlook what we take for granted.  Billions of tea drinkers observed the force of steam escaping from water boiling in a kettle before James Watt realized that this vapor could be converted into energy.

Richard Farson

Source: Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins, Pages: 75-76

Contributed by: Laurie

A Quote by General George S. Patton on accomplishment, leadership, ingenuity, and creativity

Never tell a man how to do something. Tell him what to do and let him surprise you with his ingenuity.

George Patton (1885 - 1945)

Source: Unknown

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A Quote by Betty Sue on synthesis, science, spirituality, and leadership

What's emerging is a new synthesis of science, spirituality and leadership as different facets of a single way of being.

Betty Sue Flowers

Source: Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, Pages: 218

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A Quote by Harvey Mackay on leadership and service

Good commanders look after their troops, and good troops look after their commanders.

Harvey Mackay

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A Quote by Bill George on leadership, leader, self-awareness, vision, experience, and fast company

Is leadership inherent or trainable? Both. You are born with characteristics that reside deep inside you: drive, an ability to influence and motivate, perseverance. But you have to develop those qualities through actual leadership experiences. A key quality is adaptability--facing unexpected obstacles, falling short of goals, reading the context, and changing your approach. Absent that, leaders will continue to repeat mistakes and will not grow and develop. That leads me to the essence of the question "Why is it so hard to lead yourself?" The answer, in my experience, lies in the differences between your idealized self--how you see yourself and how you want to be seen--and your real self. The key to growing as a leader is to narrow that gap by developing a deep self-awareness that comes from straight feedback and honest exploration of yourself, followed by a concerted effort to make changes.

Bill George

Source: quoted in Fast Company, April 2007 - Bill George is the former CEO of Medtronics, Inc.

Contributed by: Laurie

A Quote by Arthur Zajonc on leadership, being, conversation, and life

Leadership, for me, is just this. For some reason you are given the task of identifying capacities in others. In other words, when I’ve been put in leadership positions, it was not about me doing anything. It was about me looking around and saying, for example, “Oh, Joan. This is really for her. And this is really for him.” And then not just making it happen over their dead bodies, but recognizing, out of the circle of acquaintances that you have, that these are the right people therefore the task. Or, let’s say you have a kind of person in mind, but there is no such person in your circle. You recognize you need a certain kind of person and you know that person is out there somewhere. If you hold the image long enough, they will show up.

So you create the picture; you hold it, and over the course of a year or two, that person steps into your life, and you recognize him or her. You feel them out a little bit, the acquaintanceship builds up, and then you spring on them what you have in mind. If you’ve been a good judge, they light up. Because they know that much in their life has been a preparation for this conversation.

Arthur Zajonc

Source: Interview with Otto Scharmer

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A Quote by Arthur Zajonc on leadership and leaders

The leader is a person who has the possibility through destiny to know the people, to recognize their capacities, and to bring them to bear on the problem.

Arthur Zajonc

Source: Interview with Otto Scharmer

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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on curiosity, passion, education, marketing, warren bennis, david ogilvy, leadership, and vision

Winston Churchill said that appetite was the most important thing about education. Leadership guru Warren Bennis says he wants to be remembered as 'curious to the end.' David Ogilvy contends that the greatest ad copywriters are marked by an insatiable curiosity 'about every subject under the sun.'

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: The Project 50 (Reinventing Work): Fifty Ways to Transform Every "Task" into a Project That Matters!, Pages: 29

Contributed by: Laurie

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, mastery, leadership, service, and wealth

True words aren't eloquent;
eloquent words aren't true.
Wise men don't need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point aren't wise.

The Master has no possessions.
The more he does for others,
the happier he is.
The more he gives to others,
the wealthier he is.

The Tao nourishes by not forcing.
By not dominating, the Master leads.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching

Contributed by: Gaia Team

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