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"A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience." 
Oliver Wendell Holmes

The CEO insights section is a selection of some of the best management quotations and anecdotes. They are the pearls of management experience. They empower you in your work and communications. Insights are a key part of the executive decision-making and everyday performance. Successful executives use quotes to  articulate and explain their point of view.

Word of caution: These qoutes provide a noteworthy point of view. Some insights are  contradictory, yet they all present interesting insights. CEO Q does not endorse, approve, or disapprove of any point of view or the source of such statements. They are presented here for educational purposes.

On Leadership & Character

  • You can't imagine the extra work I had when I was a god. Hirohito, Emperor of Japan

  • If I have seen farther than other men, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants.- Sir Isaac Newton

  • I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers - Ralph Nader, President Green Party & US Presidential Candidate

  • Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. -- Carl Gustav Jung

  • We must become the change we want to see.- Mahatma Gandhi  

  • As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. -- Proverbs 

  • We are what we repeatedly do. --Aristotle

  • Watch your thoughts; they become words.
    Watch your words; they become actions.
    Watch your actions; they become habits.
    Watch your habits; they become character.
    Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. - Unknown

  • No one can make you inferior without your consent.- Unknown

On Change

  • You change for only two reasons: you learn enough that you want to or you hurt enough that you have to. --Randall D. Worley

  • Dear God, grant me the courage to change the things I can, serenity to accept the things I cannot change and wisdom to know the difference. --St. Francis of Assisi

  • Every organization must be prepared to abandon everything it does to survive in the future.- Peter Drucker 

  • To change and to change for the better are two different things. --German proverb

  • The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking. --Albert Einstein

On Success

  • Success is that old ABC -- ability, breaks, and courage. --Charles Luckman

  • The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will. --Vince Lombardi

  • He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much. --Bessie Anderson Stanley

On Adversity

  • Adversity sometimes is the only diet that will reduce a fat head. --Unknown

  • Consider the past and you shall know the future. - Chinese Proverb 

  • Not to know the past is to be in bondage to it, while to remember, to know, is to be set free.- Dr. Sigmund Freud

On Attitude

  • The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. --William James

  • Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. --Norman Vincent Peale

  • Attitude -- not aptitude -- determines your altitude. --Anonymous

  • A healthy attitude is contagious, but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier. --Anonymous

  • "If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain." -- Maya Angelou

  • I discovered that anything can go right will go right! The wrong cannot last forever! I'd like to think of this law as the Anti-Murphy's law -- Med Jones

On Fear and Courage

  • Fear makes strangers of people who should be friends. - Unknown

  • Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have. --Ronald Reagan

  • Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still. --Chinese Proverb

CEO Humor

  • On Business/Employment ; This is a test. It is only a test. Had it been an actual job, you would have received raises, promotions, and other signs of appreciation. -- Anonymous 

  • Warning to all personnel! Firings will continue until moral improves - Unknown 

  • Warning: Dates in Calendar are closer than they appear.

  • It's lonely at the top, but you eat better.

  • When you do a good deed, get a receipt, in case heaven is like the IRS.

  • Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain -- and most fools do. --Dale Carnegie

  • A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain. --Robert Frost 



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