"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night ... wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes ..."
"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go"
"Reason and judgement are the qualities of a leader"
"There's a saying in the United States that the customer is king. But in Japan the customer is God"
"I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep"
Theodore H White
"Whether a man is burdened by power or enjoys power; whether he is trapped by responsibility or made free by it; whether he is moved by other people and outer forces or moves them - this is the essence of leadership."
"The very essence of leadership is [that] you have a vision. It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet"
"People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. . . . The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives"
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are"
"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self restraint enough to keep from meddling while they do it"
Thich Nhat Hanh
"We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realise"
"Tell a person they are brave and you help them become so"
"Genius in one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration"
"The value of an idea lies in the using of it"
"There ain't no rules around here. We're trying to accomplish something"
"Let not thy will roar when thy power can be a whisper"
"Great hopes make great men"
"The power of a man is his present means to obtain some future apparent good"
"There are very few so foolish that they had not rather govern themselves than be governed by others"
Thomas J Watson
"Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself."
"Networks irrevocably subvert managerial authority"
"In companies whose wealth is intellectual capital, networks, rather than hierarchies, are the right organizational design"
Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers"
"Unless you walk out into the unknown, the odds of making a profound difference in your life are pretty low"
"Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures"
"You can't think your way out of a box, you've got to act"
"One size NEVER fits all. One size fits one. Period"
"Skill at creating, exploiting, and exiting crucial alliances beats ownership of fixed assets"
"Take someone NEW AND WEIRD to lunch today"
"Great design = WOW! + GRACE"
"Test fast, fail fast, adjust fast"
"If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade"
"If no one is pissed-off with you then you are dead but just haven't figured it out yet"
"If timing ain't everything, it's damn close"
"If you're not confused, you're not paying attention"