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These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of America's resolve.
[The] city of New York and the United States of America is much stronger than any group of barbaric terrorists, that our democracy, that our rule of law, that our strength and our willingness to defend ourselves will ultimately prevail.
Success is measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.
Never sing in chorus, if you want to be heard.
I do not regard the procuring of peace as a matter in which we should play the role of arbiter between different opinions ... more that of an honest broker who really wants to press the business forward.
Some praise at morning what they blame at night; But always think the last opinion right.
It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give a really unbiased opinion, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiassed opinion is always absolutely valueless.
When two men always agree, one of them is unnecessary.
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
A handful of men have become very rich by paying attention to details that most others ignored.
Opportunities are not offered; they must be wrested and worked for. And this calls for perseverance and tenacity, determination and courage.
Globalization is an opportunity. Well managed, it will help drive forward efforts to build prosperity and eliminate poverty. Badly managed it will increase the divide between rich and poor.
Companies that stay ahead of change are ones in which their people see change as something they themselves accomplish and not something that is imposed on them. They see lots of opportunities to take initiative.
Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.
Companies worry too much about the cost of doing something. They should worry about the cost of not doing it.
The opportunity is often lost by deliberating.
While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail.
To run this business ... you need ... optimism, humanism, enthusiasm, intuition, curiosity, love, humour, magic and fun, and that secret ingredient - euphoria.
Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.
Copying other organizations' activities sounds like industrial espionage to some people, but the truth is that benchmarking is perfectly legal and ethical.
I believe that you have to understand the economics of a business before you have a strategy, and you have to understand your strategy before you have a structure. If you get these in the wrong order, you will probably fail.
Organizations that are change leaders are designed for change. But people need continuity ... they do not function well if the environment is not predictable, not understandable, not known.
No organizational action has more power for motivating employee behavior change than feedback from credible work associates.
What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.
Others appear frozen in the headlights - aware of the likely impact, yet paralysed by the fear of major transformations.
A committee is a thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in an hour.
We have a very simple, clear organization. It's very easy to know who has authority for what, who has responsibility for what. There's no politics about it, they're virtually politics-free organizations.
The power of the position is giving way to the power of the person. A formal title and its placement on an organization chart have less to do with career prospects and success ... than the skills and ideas a person brings to that work.
An administrator in a bureaucratic world is a man who can feel big by merging his non-entity with an abstraction. A real person in touch with real things inspires terror in him.
Organizations with decision-making speed and imagination will thrive as nobody can claim to have a monopoly over creativity.
Generally, large companies are so inwardly directed that staff memorandums about growing bureaucracy get more attention than the dwindling competitive advantage of being big in the first place. David, who has a life, needn't use a slingshot. Goliath, who doesn't, is too busy reading office memos.
Bureaucratic time ... slower than geologic time but more expensive than time spent with Madame Claude's girls in Paris.
In Japan, organizations and people in the organization are synonymous.
Decision making by consensus has been the subject of a great deal of research ... evidence strongly suggests that a consensus approach yields more creative decisions and more effective implementation than does individual decision making.
In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence ... in time every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties ... Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.
However many people complain about thered tape, it would be sheer illusion to think for a moment that continuous administrative work can be carried out except by means of officials working in offices ... The choice is only that between bureaucracy and dilettantism in the field of administration.
From leaders, we need clear, consistent and honest attention to the identity of the organization. Identity shows up in our actions, our visions, our relationships inside and out of the organization. Identity gets deepened as we do the work.
We need every human gift and cannot afford to neglect any gift because of artificial barriers of sex or race or class or national origin.
Keep on the lookout for novel ideas that others have used successfully. Your idea has to be original only in its adaption to the problem you're working on.
Tact: to lie about others as you would have them lie about you.