Tagged leadership

Harold S. Geneen sharing good business sense

Here are a dozen quotes on a decent approach to the world of business from the legendary, American corporate leader Harold S. Geneen. The worst disease which can afflict executives in their work is not, as popularly supposed, alcoholism; it’s egotism. You can’t run a business or anything else on a theory. In business, words are words; explanations are explanations, promises are promises, but only performance is reality. Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. Leadership cannot really be taught, it can only be learned. Better a good decision quickly than the best…

20 Brian Tracy Quotes on Leadership

  “Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership. Always keep your word.”   “Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary achievement from ordinary people”   “Leaders set high standards. Refuse to tolerate mediocrity or poor performance”   “Clarity is the key to effective leadership. What are your goals?”   “The best leaders have a high Consideration Factor. They really care about their people”   “Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.”   “The key responsibility of leadership is to think about the future. No one else can do it for…

Leaders within our Workplace

In surfing through old business columns (dated 2010), we came across a good commentary on effective leadership in today’s workplace. Dave Jones, then with Proximity Canada in Toronto, comments on the distinction between two types of people in the workplace – managers and leaders. Jones says: “There are few true leaders in the world.  It’s risky.  It’s hard.  It’s often times unappreciated.”   Here’s his distinction.   Managers: deal with what’s handed to them iterate on what’s been done chart a course in ink check boxes have “not my…” in their vocabulary i.e. department, job, budget, responsibility lean to the conservative…

Modern Business Wisdom

“In today’s business environment, a company’s website is the key to their entire business.” – Marcus Sheridan “In the digital space, attention is a currency. We earn it. We spend it.” – Brian Solis “Content is fire; social media is gasoline.” – Jay Baer “Mass marketing is turning into a mass of niches.” – Chris Anderson “The customer’s perception is your reality.” – Kate Zabriskie “Content marketing is no longer a numbers game. It’s a game of relevance.” – Jason Miller “Content is the fuel for your lead generation efforts.” – Dayna Rothman “Marketing is telling the world you’re a…

Colin Powell: 13 Rules

In his memoir It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership, Colin Powell provided a valuable list of life lessons accompanied by a collection of personal anecdotes. For this great man, there are 13 Rules to how to live life. Rule 1. It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning. Keep all things in perspective when having to make a tough decision. Give the matter the perspective of some time. Rule 2. Get mad, then get over it. Do not carry anger for any time. Instead of letting anger destroy you, use it to…

More of Napoleon’s bons mots

More insight from Napoleon Bonaparte: He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat. A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights. The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to destiny. Men take only their needs into consideration, never their abilities. To do all that one is able to do is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do is to be a god. Courage is like love, it must have hope for nourishment. As to moral courage, I…

Napoleon on the art of governing and leadership

Here are By George’s favourite 10 quotes of Napoleon Bonaparte on the subject of governing and effective leadership: The art of governing consists in not letting men grow old in their jobs. A leader is a dealer in hope. The heart of a statesman should be in his head. Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. There are two levers for moving men – interest and fear. With audacity one can undertake anything. Ability is of little account without opportunity. The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will…

The wisdom of QB Tom Brady

Tom Brady did it again yesterday, leading his New England Patriots team to an amazing 4th quarter comeback Superbowl victory. Brady becomes the first QB with 5 NFL championship rings. So, to follow-up on this game-for-the-ages, By George compiled our 15 FAV observations of a truly great football quarterback – and a decent human being. Football is unconditional love. If you don’t play to win, don’t play at all. You wanna know which ring is my favorite? The next one. I didn’t come this far to only come this far, so we’ve still got further to go. I think that…

The Dalai Lama (5 memes)

These memes have appear through this past year both on By George Twitter @ByGeorgeJournal and on the BGJ Facebook page. The Dalai Lama provides inspiration and reason to pause for millions around the world. He is truly a spiritual guiding light.   Chris George, providing reliable PR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.  

Marcus Aurelius’ 10 Rules for an Exceptional Leader

The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius ruled from 161 to 180 A.D. Aurelius is renown for being the ideal wise leader whom Plato called the “philosopher king.” His book, Meditations (from which By George has often quoted), has inspired leaders for centuries because of its timeless wisdom about human behavior. Here are 10 rules, as prescribed by Marcus Aurelius, that every great leader should know and practice. 1. Understand that people exist to help one another. Mankind was meant to live in harmony, “That we came into the world for the sake of one another.” 2. Be mindful of others’ humanity.…