"When the sea was calm all ships alike showed mastership in floating."
- William Shakespeare
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
- Elmer Letterman
"It is not a leader's business to have ideas... His job is to create an innovative organization... The leader who constantly has new ideas totally confuses the organization."
- Peter Drucker
"People rise to the challenge when it their challenge."
- Belasco & Stayer
"If you hit every time...the target is too near or too big."
- Tom Hirshfield
"Reality will be too threatening and ugly. When truth dies, really bad things happen."
- Shapiro, Slywotzky and Tedlow
"Top executives should rate their subordinates on loyalty and competence. Those who are more loyal than competent should be fired because they are the dangerous ones. They will stay forever while other more competent, less loyal people will jump ship as problems develop. And the loyal, non-competent subordinates will protect their bosses from the truth."
"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
"To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable. To be certain is to be ridiculous."
- Chinese Proverb
"The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out to meet it."