Even More Performance Management Quotes

Some of my most popular posts are quotes about performance management (Feb 2009, Sept 2009).   Here are a few more:

“An obstacle is what you see when you are no longer focused on the goal.”
Anonymous (anyone know who said this?)

“Some people achieve the top of the ladder and only then realize it was standing against the wrong wall.”
Stephen Covey, 1932-, Author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

“For progressive people the present is the beginning of the future. For conservative people the present is the end of the past.”
Karl Mannheim, 1893-1947, One of the founding fathers of classical sociology

“Seek not to know all the answers but to understand the questions.”
Kwai Chang Caine, 1972-1975, fictional television character played by David Carradine

“Distance is not a problem. It’s taking the first step that is difficult.”
Marquise du Deffand, 1697-1780, French hostess and patron of the arts

“You never know where your actions will lead to. But if you don’t do anything they will lead you nowhere.”
Mohandas Gandhi, 1869-1948, Spiritual leader of India during independence movement

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.”
Peter F. Drucker 1909-, American management guru

And my current favorite…

“Do what you believe in and believe in what you do. The rest is a waste of time and energy.”
Nisargadatta Maharaj, 1897-1981, Indian spiritual teacher and philosopher of Advaita

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3 Responses to Even More Performance Management Quotes

  1. Dennis Moore May 2, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    Wow, that Mannheim quote is politically charged. How about this one in response, from anonymous:

    For progressives, the past is something to destroy; for conservatives, the past is something from which to learn.

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