What we choose to fight is so tiny!
What fights us is so great!
If only we would let ourselves be dominated
as things do by some immense storm,
we would become strong too, and not need names…
Whoever was beaten by this Angel
(who often simply declined the fight)
went away proud and strengthened
and great from that harsh hand,
that kneaded him as if to change his shape.
Winning does not tempt that man.
This is how he grows: by being defeated, decisively,
by constantly greater beings.
Leadership is using yourself as an instrument to get things done in the organization, so it is about self-development…
To deal with the chaos, you need a clear underlying sense of what’s important and where you and your group want to be in the future. You need a mental model that you can lay over the chaos and into which you can fit all the messy pieces as they come at you. This way of thinking begins with a straightforward definition: Management is responsibility for the performance of a group of people…
It’s a simple idea, yet putting it into practice is difficult, because management is defined by responsibility but done by exerting influence. To influence others you must make a difference not only in what they do but also in the thoughts and feelings that drive their actions…
you need an overarching, integrated way of thinking about your work as a manager…We call it the three imperatives: Manage yourself. Manage your network. Manage your team.
We learned a lot during that awful week. People don't judge you on the basis of your mistakes—they judge you on the manner in which you own up to them. In my experience, most companies do a terrible job of taking blame. They lob press releases. Or they apologize for the inconvenience. Resist that temptation and say you're sorry like you're apologizing to a friend. Be good—and your customers will be good right back to you.
It was a pleasure meeting you yesterday. You are a fine — bright — young man with a great future ahead of you if you continue to work hard.
Remember what I told you about stuttering. You can beat it just like I did. When you do, you will be a stronger man having won. Also remember, every time you are tempted to make fun of someone with a problem, how it feels when you are made fun of. Treat everyone with respect and you will be respected yourself.
For all you notebook lovers out there, the Morgan Library in New York City is running a special exhibition that shouldn’t be missed.
On display through May 22, 2011, the Morgan has pulled an incredible array of historical notebooks, from such figures as Charlotte Bronte, Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan and John Steinbeck. Leatherbound, spiral, enormous, unbelievably tiny, the exhibit drives home the point that the perfect notebook means something different to everyone.
Also on display are examples of notebooks sold through the ages, including a small notepad from the 1600′s with “erasable pages” – paper that was covered in a waxy surface that could be removed by rubbing with a cloth.
The exhibit only fills one room, but is definitely worth it if you’re willing to take time to appreciate each one.