Operational Excellence and Leadership Quotes

Every job is a self-portrait of the person ...We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle

Action is the foundational key to all success. - Pablo Picasso

The mistakes are all there waiting to be made. - Savielly Tartakower

All models are wrong; some are useful. - George E. P. Box 

It is not the strongest nor the most intelligent of species that survives, but the one that is most adaptable to change. - Charles Darwin

A superior leader is a person who can bring ordinary people together to achieve extraordinary results. - Unknown

Plans are nothing, planning is everything. - Philip Kotler

Commitment without understanding is a liability. - Oliver Wight

Only three things happen naturally in organizations: friction, confusion, and underperformance. Everything else requires leadership. - Peter Drucker

No one can change a person, but someone can be a person's reason to change. - Unknown

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. - Coco Chanel

Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good. - Malcolm Gladwell

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. - Peter F. Drucker

Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers. - Anthony Robbins

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. - George Bernhard Shaw

The only way to do great work ...Fortune favors the bold. - Alexander the Great

A goal without a plan is just a wish. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

You can't manage what you don't measure. - Unknown

A company can seize extra-ordinary opportunities only if it is very good at the ordinary operations. - Marcel Telles

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. - Vince Lombardi

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill

The impossible is just the possible that hasn't happen yet. - Unknown

Many receive advise, only the wise profit from it. - Syrus

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. - Albert Einstein

Process improvement programs are like teaching people how to fish. Strategy maps and scorecards teach people where to fish. - Robert S. Kaplan

Being able to quit things that don't work is integral to being a winner. - Unknown

The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse. - Don Juan, Mexican Shaman

Once you say you're to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life. - John F. Kennedy

Action may not always bring success, but there is no success without action. - Benjamin Disraeli

Nothing is impossible ... But some things may take a little longer. - Unknown

Consistent alignment of capabilities and internal processes with the customer value proposition is the core of any strategy execution.- Robert S. Kaplan

Do not correct a fool, or he will hate you; correct a wise man, and he will appreciate you. - Unknown

Tell me how you will measure me, and then I will tell you how I will behave. If you measure me in an illogical way, don't complain about illogical behavior. - Eli Goldratt

The rate at which organizations learn may soon become the only sustainable source of competitive advantage. Peter Senge

Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Life is trying things to see if they work. ...If you are not keeping score, you are only practicing. - Tom Malone

It is vain to do more what can be done with less. - William of Occam

Good is the enemy of great. That's why so few things become great. - Jim Collins

Change starts when someone sees the next step. - William Drayton

If you want to keep getting what you are getting, keep doing what you are doing. If not, make a change. - Unknown

Winning is not everything it is the only thing. - Vince Lombardi

If one can do it, I too can do it. If none can do it, then I must do it. - Unknown

The definition of insanity is "Doing what you have always done and expecting a different result." - Albert Einstein

To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time. - Leonard Bernstein

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. - Unknown

Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to success. - Robert J. Sawyer

Progressive improvement beats delayed perfection. - Mark Twain

Life is like a dogsled race. If you ain't the lead dog the scenery never changes. - Lewis Grizzard

Nothing worth doing is ever easy. ...Do - or do not. There is no try. - "Return of the Jedi"

Never, never, never quit! - Winston Churchill

Either lead, follow, or get out of the way. - Unknown

Success is a Journey, Goals are but navigation points. - Unknown

If you empower dummies, you get bad decisions faster.- Rich Teerlink

You have a meeting to make a decision, not to decide on the question. - Bill Gates

If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed. - David Viscott

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. - Albert Einstein

Few, if any, forces in human affairs are as powerful as shared vision. - Peter Senge

If you always do what you've always done. You will always get what you always got. - Unknown

All progress occurs because people dare to be different. - Henry Miller

Unless commitments are made, there are only promises and hopes, but no plans. - Peter Drucker

Any approach to strategy quickly encounters a conflict between corporate objectives and corporate capabilities. Attempting the impossible is not good strategy. It is just a waste of resources. - Bruce Henderson

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas A. Edison

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. - Alan Kay

I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand. - Unknown

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. - George S. Patton

I cannot teach anybody anything, ...When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. - Henry Ford

Failure is sometimes the best teacher. - Unknown

Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. - Will Rogers

It's not what the Vision is, it's what the Vision does. - Peter M Senge

Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen. Few in the pursuit of the goal. - Unknown

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." - Winston Churchill

Managers who master the hammer and expect all problems to behave like nails find organizational life confusing and frustrating. - Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal

When you're in a hole, stop digging. - Denis Healy

The thing I have learned at IBM is that culture is everything. - Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. - Bill Gates

All organizations are perfectly aligned to get the results they get. - Arthur W. Jones


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