Category Archives: Quotes

"The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it's to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they're valued. So it's much more about creating climates."

- Sir Ken Robinson

"The customer rarely buys what the company thinks it sells them. One reason for this is, of course, that nobody pays for a ‘product.’ What is paid for is satisfaction."

- Peter Drucker

"This is the futurist's dilemma: Any believable prediction will be wrong. Any correct prediction will be unbelievable. Either way, a futurist can't win. He is either dismissed or wrong. Except if he hits that razor's edge between the two realms, right on the cusp between plausibility and fantasy, where it is almost true in the improbable future. This is the sweet spot that science fiction authors aim for. Occasionally one hits it."

- Arthur C. Clark

"The role of the imagination is to create new meanings and to discover connections that, even if obvious, seem to escape detection. Imagination begins with intuition, not intellect."

- Paul Rand

"In most meetings — and in most everything we do in business — we are usually trying to keep things moving forward and just ‘get things done.’ This is a natural impulse, and of course it’s important to get things done and stay on schedule. The problem is, this leaves little time to question assumptions, as in, Why are we doing this particular thing? Have we really thought it through, and considered other possibilities?"

- Warren Berger

"...all over the world there are EVPs and SVPs trying to get their teams to think differently. The trouble is that most organizations spend a lot of time and money making sure that their people all think the same. They’re squadrons, flying in tight formations, valuing consistency and efficiency over individual flair."

- Suzanne LaBarre

"The people that are doing work that matters aren’t doing work thats popular. They’re just doing work that changes some people."

- Seth Godin

"The single most both frightening and disheartening thing I learned about Corporate America is just how random so many of the decisions were."

- Taylor Aldridge

"Design is more than just a few tricks to the eye. It’s a few tricks to the brain."

- Neville Brody

"Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see."

- Arthur Schopenhauer

"Attempting to see management as the ultimate decision makers demotivates the smart people in the organization who, without the authority to do what they know is right, will grow frustrated and leave. And when this happens, you won’t notice it, but you’ll be left with a bunch of yes-men, who don’t particularly care (or know) how things should work, and the company will only have one brain – the CEO’s."

- Joel Spolsky

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."

- Marcus Tullius Cicero

"In time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties and adds that work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence. Managing upward, The concept of a subordinate finding ways to subtly manipulate his or her superiors in order to prevent them from interfering with the subordinate's productive activity or to generally limit the damage done by the superiors' incompetence."

- Peter Drucker