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Everyone has a plan: until they get punched in the face. 
~ Mike Tyson 

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning. 
~ Winston Churchill 

Those who plan do better than those who do not plan even though they rarely stick to their plan. 
~ Winston Churchill 

If you don't know where you are going. How can you expect to get there? 
~ Basil S. Walsh 

Adventure is just bad planning. 
~ Roald Amundsen 

A goal without a plan is just a wish. 
~ Larry Elder 

First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. 
~ Aristotle 

Bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part 
~ Proverb 

A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow 
~ Proverb 

Life is a long preparation for something that never happens. 
~ William Butler Yeats 

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. 
~ Peter Drucker 

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. 
~ Lucius Seneca (Roman philosopher) 

It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time. 
~ Winston Churchill 

Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans. 
~ Peter F. Drucker 

Life is what happens to us while we're too busy making other plans. 
~ John Lennon 

Most plans are just inaccurate predictions. 
~ Ben Bayol 

Plans are worthless. Planning is essential. 
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower 

Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised. 
~ Denis Waitley 

Happy people plan actions, they don't plan results. 
~ Dennis Wholey 

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. 
~ Anatole France 

It's a bad plan that admits of no modification. 
~ Publilius Syrus 

Planning lies with men; success lies with heaven. 
~ Chinese proverb 

Long-range planning works best in the short term. 
~ Euripides 

Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. 
~ Gloria Steinem 

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood — make big plans, aim high in hope and work. 
~ Daniel H. Burnham 


      Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's
~ Thomas Edison 

     Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
      ~ Oscar Wilde 

     Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn't
     work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach. 
      ~ Roger Von Oech 

     The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure. 
      ~ Sven Goran Eriksson 

     There are no failures - just experiences and your reactions to them. 
      ~ Tom Krause 

     A man may fall many times, but he won't be a failure until he says that someone
     pushed him. 
      ~ Elmer Letterman 

     Failure is nature's plan to prepare you for great responsibilities. 
      ~ Napoleon Hill 

     Success builds character, failure reveals it 
      ~ Dave Checkett 

     I feel that the most important requirement in success is learning to overcome failure.     You must learn to tolerate it, but never accept it. 
     ~ Reggie Jackson, American Baseball Player

     Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. 
      ~ Henry Ford 

     I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. 
      ~ Bill Cosby, American TV Actor, Comedian, Philo

     It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your
     goal. The tragedy of life lies in having no goal to reach.” 
      ~ Benjamin Mays 

     In NASA, we never punish error. We only punish the concealment of error. 
      ~ Al Siepert 

     If you always blame others for your mistakes, you will never improve. 
      ~ Joy Gumz


Managing to have a sense of humor makes it a lot easier to manage people 
~ Steve Wilson 

Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed. 
~ Peter Drucker 

The relationship between talent and management is uneasy, at best. 
~ Jessica Savitch 

Management must manage! 
~ Harold Geneen 

Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people. 
~ John D. Rockefeller 

I've got an opinion on everything, so I should go into management. 
~ Richard Gough 

Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done. 
~ Peter Drucker 

The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four guys who haven't made up their minds. 
~ Casey Stengel 

Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing. 
~ Colin Powell 

Managing senior programmers is like herding cats. 
~ Dave Platt 

The conventional definition of management is getting work done through people, but real management is developing people through work. 
~ Agha Hasan Abedi 

Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes. 
~ Eleanor Roosevelt 
Change Management
It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. 
~ Edwards Deming 

It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. 
~ Isaac Asimov 

Change before you have to. 
~ Jack Welch 

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, not the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. 
~ Charles Darwin 

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. 
~ Barak Obama 

When you are through changing, you are through. 
~ Bruce Barton 

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. 
~ Harold Wilson 

Change is inevitable - except from a vending machine. 
~ Robert Gallagher 

  Working Style 

Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can. 
~ Paul Tournier 

The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. 
~ Meister Eckhart 

      Be candid with everyone. 
       ~ Jack Welch 

      You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than
      anyone else. 
       ~ Albert Einstein 

      In this business, by the time you realize you're in trouble, it's too late to save
      yourself. Unless you're running scared all the time, you're gone. 
       ~ Bill Gates 

      Fit no stereotypes. Don't chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates
      which approach best accomplishes the team's mission. 
       ~ Colin Powell 

      If you don't have a competitive advantage, don't compete. 
      ~ Jack Welch 

      Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans: it's lovely to be silly at the right
      ~ Horace 

     My personal philosophy is not to undertake a project unless it is manifestly important      and nearly impossible. 
~ Edwin Land 

Hell, there are no rules here — we're trying to accomplish something. 
~ Thomas A. Edison 

Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything. 
~ John Galbraith 


Estimating is what you do when you don't know. 
~ Sherman Kent 
One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. 
~ Arnold Glasow 

Leadership offers an opportunity to make a difference in someone's life, no matter what the project. 
~ Bill Owens 

The only real training for leadership is leadership. 
~ Antony Jay 

The key to successful leadership today is influence not authority. 
~ Kenneth Blanchard 

The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why. 
~ Warren Bennis 

Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty. 
~ John D. Rockefeller 

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. 
~ Max de Pree 

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. 
~ John Quincy Adams 

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. 
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower 

All leaders whose fitness is questioned are clearly lacking in force. 
~ Andre Maurois 

People are more easily led than driven. 
~ David Harold Fink 

Inventories can be managed but people must be lead. 
~ Ross Perot 

The best example of leadership is leadership by example. 
~ Jerry McClain 

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation. 
~ Charles Kettering 


In politics stupidity is not a handicap. 
~ Napoleon Bonaparte 
How does a project get to be a year late? One day at a time. 
~ Frederick Brooks 

I don't work on a project unless I believe that it will dramatically improve life for a bunch of people. 
~ Dean Kamen 

After two weeks of working on a project, you know whether it will work or not.
~ Bill Budge 

My philosophy is, don't take no for an answer and be willing to sacrifice your entire project for freedom. 
~ Tim Robbins 

I am such a pessimist that every project has surpassed what I envisioned. 
~ Colin Mochrie 

I always believe it's better to have 30 imaginations working on a project, rather than one imagination telling the other 29 what to do. 
~ Trevor Nunn 

  Perception Management 

     Next to doing the right thing, the most important thing is to let people know you
     are doing the right thing. 
      ~ John D. Rockefeller 


     A low budget is uncomfortable. 
      ~ Lukas Haas 

     I can make more generals, but horses cost money. 
      ~ Abraham Lincoln 

     The budget evolved from a management tool into an obstacle to management. 
      ~ Charles Edwards 

     When a project has an ample budget, I am interested now in using bigger units
     of materials. 
      ~ Yoshio Taniguchi 


     Goals are dreams with deadlines. 
      ~ Diana Scharf 

     Any person who selects a goal in life which can be fully achieved, has already
     defined his own limitations” 
      ~ Cavett Robert 

     When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals,
     adjust the action steps. 
      ~ Confucius 

     By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive
     at his chosen goal or destination. 
      ~ Christopher Columbus 

     The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish
     it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get. 
      ~ Jim Rohn 

     Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship. 
      ~ Omar Bradley 


     Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything. 
      ~ John Kenneth Galbraith 

     People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything. 
      ~ Thomas Sowell 

     A meeting moves at the speed of the slowest mind in the room. 
      ~ Dale Dauten