Friday, August 8, 2008

10 People Who Make a Lot of Sense

I spend a lot of time on this blog giving you advice that I hope will help you in your career. But sometimes, you just have to step aside and let other people do your talking for you. I think these are some pretty smart folks, so lend an ear:

"An overburdened, stretched executive is the best executive, because he or she doesn't have time to meddle, to deal in trivia, to bother people." -- Jack Welch

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." -- Harry S. Truman

"People will always work harder if they're getting well paid and if they're afraid to lose a job which they knoww ill be hard to equal. As is well known, if you pay in peanuts, you get monkeys." -- Armand Hammer

"Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless." -- Thomas Alva Edison

"When I can't handle events, I let them handle themselves." -- Henry Ford

"Success is a lousy teacher -- it seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose." -- Bill Gates

"Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think." -- Dale Carnegie

"If you want a place in the sun, you've got to put up with a few blisters." -- Abigail van Buren

"I don't try to jump over seven-foot bars. I look around for the one-foot bars that I can step over." -- Warren Buffet

"Career opportunities are ones that never knock." -- The Clash

If you've got a great quote to share, or one that is inspirational to you, please feel free to add to the list. We can always use wise words.

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Friday, May 9, 2008

Five People You Gotta Pay Attention To Today

"If you go down the hall to vent to an associate, that's okay. But if the next step is to go upstairs and vent to someone else, then you're holding onto the incident, and it can become very disruptive." -- Matt Grawitch, St. Louis University professor who studies workplace stress.

"Once a CEO is startled by seeing your cleavage, an image is set in his mind that is not going to disappear." -- Michele Royalty, a recently retired executive

"There are profound differences between acceptable work behavior and acceptable school behavior. You rated your professors 'hot or not' -- but you better not do that with your boss." -- Shanti Atkins, employment attorney

"It was just out of my heart, she (the toddler) was pointing and going 'ah, ah...' I should have gone to my purse and got the change, but it was busy." -- Nicole Lilliman, a restaurant clerk who was fired after giving a 16-cent bite-sized doughnut to an agitated child. She was later given back her job after widespread media attention.

"It's so personal, it's so emotional — I tell my artists all the time that I don't know how they do it, because I couldn't deal with the ongoing rejection that seems inherent to the job." -- Jen Bekman, New York City gallery owner, speaking about the life of an artist
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