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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Writer
Nation: English
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A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor's.

Tags: Good, Neighbor, Selfish

It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.

Tags: Makes, Necessary, Wisdom

Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.

Tags: Looking, Lose, Morning

Men are like sheep, of which a flock is more easily driven than a single one.

Tags: Men, Sheep, Single

To be always thinking about your manners is not the way to make them good; the very perfection of manners is not to think about yourself.

Tags: Good, Thinking, Yourself

Preach not because you have to say something, but because you have something to say.

Tags: Preach

Honesty is the best policy; but he who is governed by that maxim is not an honest man.

Tags: Best, Honest, Honesty

To know your ruling passion, examine your castles in the air.

Tags: Air, Passion, Ruling

A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them fortune.

Tags: Children, Giving, Industry

Everyone wishes to have truth on his side, but not everyone wishes to be on the side of truth.

Tags: Everyone, Truth, Wishes

Manners are one of the greatest engines of influence ever given to man.

Tags: Greatest, Influence, Manners

All men wish to have truth on their side; but few to be on the side of truth.

Tags: Men, Truth, Wish

Curiosity is as much the parent of attention, as attention is of memory.

Tags: Attention, Memory, Parent

Happiness is no laughing matter.

Tags: Happiness, Laughing, Matter

He only is exempt from failures who makes no efforts.

Tags: Efforts, Failures, Makes

In our judgment of human transactions, the law of optics is reversed; we see the most indistinctly the objects which are close around us.

Tags: Close, Human, Law

It is folly to expect men to do all that they may reasonably be expected to do.

Tags: Expect, May, Men

The happiest lot for a man, as far as birth is concerned, is that it should be such as to give him but little occasion to think much about it.

Tags: Far, Give, Him

There is a soul of truth in error; there is a soul of good in evil.

Tags: Evil, Good, Truth

To follow imperfect, uncertain, or corrupted traditions, in order to avoid erring in our own judgment, is but to exchange one danger for another.

Tags: Another, Follow, Order

Unless people can be kept in the dark, it is best for those who love the truth to give them the full light.

Tags: Best, Love, Truth

As one may bring himself to believe almost anything he is inclined to believe, it makes all the difference whether we begin or end with the inquiry, 'What is truth?'

Tags: End, May, Truth

It is generally true that all that is required to make men unmindful of what they owe God for any blessing is that they should receive that blessing often and regularly.

Tags: God, Men, True

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I believe that the capacity that any organisation needs is for leadership to appear anywhere it is needed, when it is needed.

Tags: Leadership, Needed, Needs

I've wanted to see beyond the Western, mechanical view of the world and see what else might appear when the lens was changed.

Tags: Else, Might, Wanted

In virtually every organization, regardless of mission and function, people are frustrated by problems that seem unsolvable.

Tags: Frustrated, Problems, Seem

Most people associate command and control leadership with the military.

Tags: Control, Leadership, Military

These days, our senses are bombarded with aggression. We are constantly confronted with global images of unending, escalating war and violence.

Tags: Days, Violence, War

We know from science that nothing in the universe exists as an isolated or independent entity.

Tags: Exists, Science, Universe

When we can lay down our fear and anger and choose responses other than aggression, we create the conditions for bringing out the best in us humans.

Tags: Anger, Best, Fear

Without aggression, it becomes possible to think well, to be curious about differences, and to enjoy each other's company.

Tags: Company, Enjoy, Possible

In the past, it was easier to believe in my own effectiveness. If I worked hard, with good colleagues and good ideas, we could make a difference. But now, I sincerely doubt that.

Tags: Good, Hard, Past

Listening moves us closer, it helps us become more whole, more healthy, more holy. Not listening creates fragmentation, and fragmentation is the root of all suffering.

Tags: Become, Suffering, Whole

We experience problem-solving sessions as war zones, we view competing ideas as enemies, and we use problems as weapons to blame and defeat opposition forces. No wonder we can't come up with real lasting solutions!

Tags: Experience, Real, War

Yet we act as if simple cause and effect is at work. We push to find the one simple reason things have gone wrong. We look for the one action, or the one person, that created this mess. As soon as we find someone to blame, we act as if we've solved the problem.

Tags: Simple, Someone, Work

I think we have to notice that the business processes we use right now for thinking and planning and budgeting and strategy are all delivered on very tight agendas.

Tags: Business, Strategy, Thinking

In this present culture, we need to find the means to work and live together with less aggression if we are to resolve the serious problems that afflict and impede us.

Tags: Serious, Together, Work

For example, I was discussing the use of email and how impersonal it can be, how people will now email someone across the room rather than go and talk to them. But I don't think this is laziness, I think it is a conscious decision people are making to save time.

Tags: Decision, Someone, Time

For me, this is a familiar image - people in the organization ready and willing to do good work, wanting to contribute their ideas, ready to take responsibility, and leaders holding them back, insisting that they wait for decisions or instructions.

Tags: Good, Wait, Work

I think a major act of leadership right now, call it a radical act, is to create the places and processes so people can actually learn together, using our experiences.

Tags: Leadership, Learn, Together

I think it is quite dangerous for an organisation to think they can predict where they are going to need leadership. It needs to be something that people are willing to assume if it feels relevant, given the context of any situation.

Tags: Dangerous, Leadership, Situation

Organisations are now confronted with two sources of change: the traditional type that is initiated and managed; and external changes over which no one has control.

Tags: Change, Changes, Control

Successful organizations, including the Military, have learned that the higher the risk, the more necessary it is to engage everyone's commitment and intelligence.

Tags: Everyone, Learned, Successful

The nature of the global business environment guarantees that no matter how hard we work to create a stable and healthy organisation, our organisation will continue to experience dramatic changes far beyond our control.

Tags: Business, Nature, Work

Thinking is the place where intelligent actions begin. We pause long enough to look more carefully at a situation, to see more of its character, to think about why it's happening, to notice how it's affecting us and others.

Tags: Character, Enough, Thinking

We do as much harm holding onto programs and people past their natural life span as we do when we employ massive organizational air strikes. However, destroying comes at the end of life's cycle, not as a first response.

Tags: End, Life, Past

In our daily life, we encounter people who are angry, deceitful, intent only on satisfying their own needs. There is so much anger, distrust, greed, and pettiness that we are losing our capacity to work well together.

Tags: Anger, Life, Work

Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.

Tags: Achieve, Failing, Reflection

In these troubled, uncertain times, we don't need more command and control; we need better means to engage everyone's intelligence in solving challenges and crises as they arise.

Tags: Control, Everyone, Means

Determination, energy, and courage appear spontaneously when we care deeply about something. We take risks that are unimaginable in any other context.

Tags: Care, Courage, Energy

Aggression is inherently destructive of relationships. People and ideologies are pitted against each other, believing that in order to survive, they must destroy the opposition.

Tags: Against, Believing, Order

Listening is such a simple act. It requires us to be present, and that takes practice, but we don't have to do anything else. We don't have to advise, or coach, or sound wise. We just have to be willing to sit there and listen.

Tags: Else, Simple, Wise

Our willingness to acknowledge that we only see half the picture creates the conditions that make us more attractive to others. The more sincerely we acknowledge our need for their different insights and perspectives, the more they will be magnetized to join us.

Tags: Half, Others, Picture

Too many problem-solving sessions become battlegrounds where decisions are made based on power rather than intelligence.

Tags: Become, Decisions, Power

I'm sad to report that in the past few years, ever since uncertainty became our insistent 21st century companion, leadership has taken a great leap backwards to the familiar territory of command and control.

Tags: Great, Leadership, Sad

Aggression only moves in one direction - it creates more aggression.

Tags: Aggression, Direction, Moves

Whatever life we have experienced, if we can tell our story to someone who listens, we find it easier to deal with our circumstances.

Tags: Life, Someone, Tell

When leaders take back power, when they act as heroes and saviors, they end up exhausted, overwhelmed, and deeply stressed.

Tags: Act, End, Power

And time for reflection with colleagues is for me a lifesaver; it is not just a nice thing to do if you have the time. It is the only way you can survive.

Tags: Nice, Reflection, Time

Hopelessness has surprised me with patience.

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We have created trouble for ourselves in organizations by confusing control with order.

Tags: Control, Ourselves, Trouble

For eons, humans have struggled to find less destructive ways of living together.

Tags: Less, Living, Together

For us, someone who is willing to step forward and help is much more courageous than someone who is merely fulfilling the role.

Tags: Forward, Help, Someone

I believe that our very survival depends upon us becoming better systems thinkers.

Tags: Becoming, Depends, Survival

Even though worker capacity and motivation are destroyed when leaders choose power over productivity, it appears that bosses would rather be in control than have the organization work well.

Tags: Control, Power, Work

There are many benefits to this process of listening. The first is that good listeners are created as people feel listened to. Listening is a reciprocal process - we become more attentive to others if they have attended to us.

Tags: Become, Good, Others

Probably the most visible example of unintended consequences, is what happens every time humans try to change the natural ecology of a place.

Tags: Change, Time, Try

Everyone in a complex system has a slightly different interpretation. The more interpretations we gather, the easier it becomes to gain a sense of the whole.

Tags: Everyone, Sense, Whole

Circles create soothing space, where even reticent people can realize that their voice is welcome.

Tags: Realize, Space, Voice

Destroying is a necessary function in life. Everything has its season, and all things eventually lose their effectiveness and die.

Tags: Die, Life, Lose

Aggression is the most common behavior used by many organizations, a nearly invisible medium that influences all decisions and actions.

Tags: Behavior, Decisions, Used