If you act like an ass, don't get insulted if people ride you. Yiddish Proverb

If you think you can do a job-that's confidence. If you actually can do it-that's competence. And these is no substitute for it. John C Maxwell

While poor leaders demand respect, competent leaders command respect. John C Maxwell

Everyone may have the right to speak, but not everyone has earned the right to be heard. John C Maxwell

As you go through life, whether it's in the military, in your business, in the church, or whatever walk of life (and certainly in your family), someone is going to depend on your character more than upon your IQ. Chuck Colson.

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. Thomas Paine

Many businesses that are in trouble are in trouble for a simple reason: they're the wrong size. Seth Godin

The prospect never looked brighter and the problems never looked tougher. Anyone who isn't stirred by both of those statements is too tired to be of much use to us in the days ahead. John W. Gardner.

Vision begins with one person, but it is only accomplished by many people. John C Maxwell

When the vision of the leader in the middle doesn't align with that of the top leadership, low job satisfaction is always the result. When those two factors do align, satisfaction is high, and so is success. John C Maxwell

Vision leaks. It need to be communicated clearly, creatively, and continually. John C Maxwell

The more you invest in the vision, the more it becomes your own. John C Maxwell

Patience, however, often gets the credit that belongs to fatigue! John C Maxwell

Maturity doesn't come with age. It begins with the acceptance of responsibility. Ed Cole

The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team. Legendary basketball coach John Wooden.

The arrogance of the young is a direct result of not having known enough consequences. The turkey that every day greedily approaches the farmer who tosses him grain is not wrong. It is just no one ever told him about Thanksgiving. From the author of "The Autobiography of Harry Golden"

The person who keeps busy helping the one who is below him won't have time to envy the person above him. Henrietta Mears

Good leaders of organizations get to control mainly two things: direction and timing. John C Maxwell

Leaders at the front don't have the freedom to neglect what their position allows them to see. John C Maxwell

If each of us were to confess his most secret desire, the one that inspires all his plans, all his actions, he would say, 'I want to be praised. E. M. Cioran

Leadership is more disposition than position - influence others from wherever you are. John C Maxwell

Some of us will do our jobs well, and some will not. But we will all be judged by only one thing - the result. Vince Lombardi

Everyone enjoys kind words from the boss, and many seek them out. But the praise of a colleague who's walked in your shoes really does mean more. John C Maxwell.

If we focus on being some other place because we think it's better, then we will neither enjoy where we are nor do what we must to succeed. John C Maxwell

Every position has value, but too often we don't value that position. John C Maxwell

If you consistently deliver the goods, you will be noticed. And more importantly, you will be content with the job you do even at those times when others don't recognize your efforts. John C Maxwell

There is man in the world who never gets turned down,
wherever he chances to stray;
He gets the glad hand in the populous town,
or out where the farmers make hay;
He is greeted with pleasure on desert of sand,
And deep in the aisles of the woods;
Whenever he goes there is a welcoming hand-
He's the man who deliver the goods.

Poet Walt Whitman

Effective leaders pay more attention to production than to promotion. John C Maxwell.

We often become so focused on our goals and dreams we lose sight of the responsibilities right in front of us. John C Maxwell

Second fiddle. I can get plenty of violinists but to find one who can play second fiddle with enthusiam-that's a problem. Leonard Bernstein

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever the cost. Arthur Ashe.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Nelson Mandela

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. Theodore Roosevelt

If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. President Abraham Lincoln

Stop being a people of potential but people of actual.

No matter what our circumstances, our greatest limitation isn't the leader above us - it's the spirit within us. John C Maxwell.

Your job isn't to fix the leader; it's to add value. If the leader won't change, then change your attitude or your work address. John C Maxwell

There is always a way to handle the objections if its important. Eric Schmidt

Nothing frees a person from tension like clear lines of responsibility. John C Maxwell.

Being in the middle can be a great place (in an organization) as you have bought into the vision and believe in the leader. John C Maxwell.

Comfort is really a function of expectations. John C Maxwell

If you want to grow your audience and your influence, keeping your word is key. Give people the opportunity to believe and find comfort in your words, that earns you their attention and respect in a significant way. In a very silent way, one day you might wake up and find your words reach far beyond your imagination. Corey Graham 2.0N

We are taught to operate in a perfect environment, then sent into a world that is by its very nature imperfect. Corey Graham 2.0N


The message of any media or technology is its change of scale or pace. - Marshall McLuhan

When opportunity comes, it's too late to prepare. John Wooden (Hall of Fame basketball coach)

Good leadership is learned in the trenches. John C Maxwell.

To do nothing in the middle is to create more dead weight for the top leader to move. For some leaders-it might even feel like dead weight. Leaders in the middle can have a profound effect on an organization. David Branker

Leadership is the choice you make not the place you sit. John C Maxwell

90 % of all leadership occurs not from the top but from the middle of an organization. John C Maxwell.


The ideas that come out of brainstorming sessions are usually superficial, trivial and not very original. They are rarely useful. The process, however, seems to make uncreative people feel that they are making innovative contributions and that others are listening to them. A Harvey Block.

At some point in your lives we want to move from success to significance. Bob Buford

If you want to motivate me give me a seed. Corey Graham 2.0 N

If your organization is all about you, you don't allow your people to become committed to your dream.