Understand, not just tolerate

I am not asking you to merely tolerate each other. Tolerance is for cowards. Being tolerant requires nothing of you, but to be quiet and not make waves, holding tightly to your views and judgments without being challenged. Do not merely tolerate each other. Work hard! Move into uncomfortable territory and seek to understand each other. Randall L. Stephenson Jr. – American telecommunications...


The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does. Napoleon Hill - American writer: "Think And Grow Rich" (1883-1970), Quotations book 2019


A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment. John Wooden - American basketball player and coach (1910-2010), Quotations book 2019 see more at

Attitude and skills

Hire for attitude, train for skills. Herbert D. "Herb" Kelleher - American entrepreneur, co-founder of Southwest Airlines (1931-2019), Quotations book 2019


The purpose of an organization is to enable ordinary people to do extraordinary things. No organization can depend on genius; the supply is always scarce and always unpredictable. It is the test of an organization to make ordinary people perform better than they seem capable of, to bring out whatever strength there is in its members, and to use each person’s strength to help all the other...


Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first. Simon O. Sinek - American author, speaker and optimist (b. 1973), from "Leaders Eat Last Deluxe: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don"t" (2014), Quotations book 2019 see

Sacred or secular

It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it. Aiden Wilson Tozer - American evangelical pastor and author (1897-1963), from "The Pursuit of God", chapter 10 (1948)

Go where the action is

A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world. John le Carré – born David John Moore Cornwell, British author (1931-2020), Quotations book 2018


The art of relaxing is part of the art of working. attributed to John Ernst Steinbeck - American writer, Nobel Prize in Literature 1962 (1902-1968), Quotations book 2018

Limits of wishful thinking

Wishful thinking can dominate much of the work of a profession for a decade, but not indefinitely. Prof. Robert J. Shiller – American economist, Nobel Memorial Prize in economic sciences 2013 (b. 1946), in "From Efficient Market Theory to Behavioral Finance" (2002)

Cookery or medicine

Cookery simulates the disguise of medicine, and pretends to know what food is the best for the body; and if the physician and the cook had to enter into a competition in which children were the judges, or men who had no more sense than children, as to which of them best understands the goodness or badness of food, the physician would be starved to death. Medicinam igitur coquinaria subiens...


I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it, and I sell it hard. Estée Lauder - born Josephine Esther Mentzer, American Company founder (1906-2004), in the documentary "Estée Lauder: The Sweet Smell of Success" (1985), Quotations book 2018


Work is love made visible. Khalil Gibran - Lebanese Maronite poet, philosopher and artist, aka Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), from "The Prophet (1923), Quotations book 2018

Kiss many frogs to find a prince

I"d rather interview 50 people and not hire anyone than hire the wrong person. Jeffrey P. "Jeff" Bezos - American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), Quotations book 2018


MBA students come out with: "My staff is my most important asset." Bullshit. Staff is usually your biggest cost. We all employ some lazy bastards who needs a kick up the backside, but no one can bring themselves to admit it. Michael O"Leary - Irish businessman, who made Ryanair one of the largest European airlines (b. 1961)


There’s a lot of big egos in this industry. Most chief executives got into this business because they want to travel for a living. Not me, I want to work. Michael O"Leary - Irish businessman, who made Ryanair one of the largest European airlines (b. 1961), Quotations book 2017

Artists and bankers

When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss art. When artists get together for dinner, they discuss money. attributed to Oscar Wilde - Irish writer (1854-1900), Quotations book 2017


Look in the eyes and not in the files. Dr. h.c. Helmut O. Maucher - former CEO of Nestlè (1927-2018), Quotations book 2015

Good work

What ever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do. Walt Disney - American cartoonist and film producer (1901-1966), Quotations book 2015

Zip it

Don’t open your mouth at your first board meeting. Brian Joffe - South African company founder: Bidvest Group (b. 1947)