Quotes and Tips

I have had the opportunity to see a lot of leaders speak, and through those experiences I have learned a lot. One of the take aways from any talk with a great leader is you always have great quotes to capture.  I’m  a quote kind of guy, quotes bring back memories, they can inspire, and then can transform any situation. 

This page is going to be devoted to the various quotes I have heard or read about that I want to keep for my own reference. I hope others find this page useful.  


The Seat Belt Session:

”Once a quarter I meet with my mentor and say “what do I need to fix?”. I’ll sit in a chair, strap in and listen to the truth, lies, opinions, whatever and I won’t interrupt.

Once done I will do 2 things. First I will do the things I was told first. Those are probably what the mentor hates about what you do.

Next, as soon as I experience any success, I’ll let them know so that they know I listened to them and am taking personal development seriously.”

— Unknown speaker from 2012

Have a strategy before the strategy.

— Unknown speaker from 2012

Don’t ever fall in love with the plan. Fall in love with the planning.

— Unknown speaker from 2012

Newspapers would die if the reporters never left the office.

— Unknown speaker from 2012

Influencing others is like having a second full time job.

— Unknown speaker from 2012

Get the grinch on your team. If you can turn them, everyone else is a piece of cake. And often times you’ll find the grinch has good ideas.

— Unknown speaker from 2012

Never present a new idea to a group of people. Share parts to get their buy in so it becomes a team idea.

— unknown speaker from 2012

Greatness ain’t easy

— Unknown speaker from 2012

It’s not about who you know or what you know. But it’s who knows what you know that someone needs.

— Unknown speaker from 2012

You don’t get into arguments anymore. You fact check.

— Chris Dancy, 2012

At what point does information become a weapon? And do we know it?

— Chris Dancy, 2012

We don’t have a bring your own device problem, we have an invasion.

— Chris Dancy, 2012

We never used to share the weather.

— Chris Dancy, 2012

Don’t confuse the urgent with the important.

— Chris Dancy, 2012

If you are in email and you reply to all, all of the time you need to seek professional help.

— Chris Dancy, 2012

You are your first customer of the day. You have to serve yourself first.

— Chris Dancy, 2012

How many of you have too many distractions during the day to get your jobs done? And how many of you would have a job if I removed all those distractions?

— Jones Loflin, 2012

I can’t be in that ring right now, I’m in this ring.

— Jones Loflin from Juggling Elephants, 2012

You can’t manage what you don’t measure.

— Unknown

SLA Metrics that we measure are often green on the outside, but blood red on the inside.

— Unknown

We in IT are too focused on SLA time, and not on the fact that our customer is waiting.

— Unknown

IT wants to do technical thinking, not boring mundane work.

— Unknown

We are great at measuring stuff, but terrible at measuring the right things.

— Jeff Brooks, Gartner

Our customers go home and use google to find answers. They should have that same experience and level of service at work.

— Unknown

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