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[Quote No.51471] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them." - Albert Camus

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[Quote No.51473] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"I believe that the true road to preeminent success in any line is to make yourself master of that line." - Andrew Carnegie

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[Quote No.51476] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"Ambition, fueled by compassion, wisdom and integrity, is a powerful force for good that will turn the wheels of industry and open the doors of oppurtunity for you and countless others." - Zig Ziglar

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[Quote No.51485] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom." - Euripides

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[Quote No.51487] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"Deliver me from all evildoers that talk nothing but sickness and failure. Grant me the companionship of men who think success and men who work for it. Loan me associates who cheerfully face the problems of a day and try hard to overcome them. Relieve me of all cynics and critics. Give me good health and the strength to be of real service to the world, and I'll get all that's good for me, and will what's left to those who want it." - William Feather

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[Quote No.51489] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"Twelve Priceless Qualities of Success: -1. The value of time. -2. The success of perseverance. -3. The pleasure of working. -4. The dignity of simplicity. -5. The worth of character. -6. The power of kindness. -7. The influence of example. -8. The obligation of duty. -9. The wisdom of economy. -10. The virtue of patience. -11. The improvement of talent. -12. The joy of originating." - Marshall Field

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[Quote No.51496] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[Individualism:] No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or 'get rich' in business by being a conformist." - J.Paul Getty

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[Quote No.51497] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"Success is always temporary. When all is said and done, the only thing you’ll have left is your character." - Vince Gill

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[Quote No.51498] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"On the pinnacle of success man does not stand firm long." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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[Quote No.51499] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"Successful men are influenced by the desire for pleasing results. Failures are influenced by the desire for pleasing methods and are inclined to be satisfied with such results as can be obtained by doing things they like to do. The common denominator of success – the secret of every man who has ever been successful – lies in the fact that he formed the habit of doing things that failures don't like to do." - Albert Gray

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[Quote No.51502] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have lies in this: When I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. I explore it in all its bearings. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought!!" - Alexander Hamilton

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[Quote No.51506] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"You don't become enormously successful without encountering and overcoming a number of extremely challenging problems." - Mark Victor Hansen

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[Quote No.51510] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"The problem with most failing businesses is not that their owners don't know enough about finance, marketing, management, and operations — they don't, but those things are easy enough to learn — but that they spend their time and energy defending what they think they know. My experience has shown me that the people who are exceptionally good in business aren't so because of what they know but because of their insatiable need [desire and effort] to know more." - Michael Gerber

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[Quote No.51515] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men!" - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(1807 - 1882) American poet
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[Quote No.51521] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"I pick my favorite quotation and store them in my mind as ready armor, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence!!!" - Robert Burns

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[Quote No.51557] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[A story - with a message: focus on praising what can do, rather than criticising what can't!] An Unusual Bird Dog - There was a hunter who bought a bird dog, the only one of its kind in the world. That could walk on water. He couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw this miracle. At the same time, he was very pleased that he could show off his new acquisition to his friends. He invited a friend to go duck hunting. After some time, they shot a few ducks and the man ordered his dog to run and fetch the birds. All day-long, the dog ran on water and kept fetching the birds. The owner was expecting a comment or a compliment about his amazing dog, but never got one. As they were returning home, he asked his friend if he had noticed anything unusual about his dog. The friend replied, 'Yes, in fact, I did notice something unusual. Your dog can’t swim!' " - Unknown

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[Quote No.51561] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[A story - with a message: Gentle persuasion is better than than violent force] 'The North Wind and the Sun' - The North Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger, when a traveller came along wrapped in a warm cloak. They agreed that the one who first succeeded in making the traveller take his cloak off should be considered stronger than the other. Then the North Wind blew as hard as he could, but the more he blew the more closely did the traveller fold his cloak around him; and at last the North Wind gave up the attempt. Then the Sun shined out warmly, and immediately the traveller took off his cloak. And so the North Wind was obliged to confess that the Sun was the stronger of the two." - Aesop
'The North Wind and the Sun' is one of Aesop's Fables.
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[Quote No.51592] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[A true story - with a message about humility, teamwork and true leadership:] Many years ago, a rider came across some soldiers who were trying to move a heavy log without success. The corporal was standing by as the men struggled. The rider asked the corporal why he wasn’t helping. The corporal replied, 'I am the corporal. I give the orders.' The rider dismounted, went up and stood by the soldiers and as they were lifting the log, he helped them. With his help, the log got moved. The rider quietly mounted his horse and went to the corporal and said, 'The next time your men need help, send for the Commander-in-Chief.' After he left, the corporal and his men found out that the rider was General George Washington. The message is pretty clear. Success and humility go hand in hand." - Unknown

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[Quote No.51599] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[A story - with a message about the power of words to encourage or destroy:] Two Frogs - A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, ‘Did you not hear us?’ The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time. This story teaches two lessons: 1. There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through the day. 2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill them. Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path. The power of words... it is sometimes hard to understand that an encouraging word can go such a long way. Anyone can speak words that tend to rob another of the spirit to continue in difficult times. Special is the individual who will take the time to encourage another." - Unknown

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[Quote No.51612] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"DESPITE REASONS NOT TO BE GOOD - BE YOUR BEST SELF AND SET AN EXAMPLE: ---- People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered... LOVE THEM ANYWAY. ---- If you do good, people accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives... DO GOOD ANYWAY. ---- If you are successful, you win false and true enemies... SUCCEED ANYWAY. ---- The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow... DO GOOD ANYWAY. ---- Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable... BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY. ---- What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight... BUILD ANYWAY. ---- People really need help but may attack you if you help them... HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY. ---- Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth... GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU'VE GOT ANYWAY!!" - Unknown

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[Quote No.51652] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[A story - with a message about seeing potential, where others don't.] The Master - A writer arrived at the monastery to write a book about the Master. 'People say you are a genius,' he asked. 'Are you?' 'You might say so,' said the Master, none too modestly. 'And what makes one a genius?' The ability to recognize.' 'Recognize what?' 'To recognize the butterfly in a caterpillar; the eagle in an egg; the saint in a selfish human being,' said the Master. " - Anthony de Mello, SJ
(1931 – 1987), Anthony 'Tony' de Mello was an Indian Jesuit priest and psychotherapist.
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[Quote No.51691] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"The awareness of our own strength makes us modest [humble]." - Paul Cezanne
French artist
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[Quote No.51723] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men." - Thomas Carlyle

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[Quote No.51727] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[As in Aesop's fable of 'The Tortoise and the Hare'] Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard." - Unknown

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[Quote No.51783] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore." - Vincent van Gogh

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[Quote No.51787] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself!" - William Faulkner
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[Quote No.51788] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore." - William Faulkner
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[Quote No.51792] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"It is the writer's privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart!" - William Faulkner
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[Quote No.58227] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who early in life, clearly discerns his object [imagines his goal], and towards that object habitually directs his powers [focuses persistently]. Even genius itself is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose. Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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[Quote No.51803] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"It is just the little touches after the average man would quit [i.e. 'going the extra mile'] that make the master's fame." - Orison Marden

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[Quote No.51832] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"To practice freedom is to tolerate mistakes, not in the sense of inviting or cultivating error, but as one of the prices to be paid in the endless search for improved ways and means toward meeting man's rising expectations." - Paul L. Poirot

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[Quote No.51877] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips." - Oliver Goldsmith

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[Quote No.51878] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"A good example is the best sermon." - Thomas Fuller

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[Quote No.51879] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"It is easier to exemplify values than teach them." - Theodore M. Hesburgh

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[Quote No.51880] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"Example is always more efficacious than precept." - Samuel Johnson

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[Quote No.51881] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"There is a transcendent power in example. We reform others unconsciously when we walk uprightly." - Anne Sophie Swetchine

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[Quote No.51882] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"They who set an example make a highway. Others follow the example, because it is easier to travel on a highway than over untrodden grounds. As the mind becomes habituated to travel on the great thoroughfares which examples makes, it seems even unnatural to leave them." - Horace Mann

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[Quote No.51921] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[A story - with a message about criticising others:] Aesop's Fables - The Two Bags - Every man, according to an ancient legend, is born into the world with two bags suspended from his neck all bag in front full of his neighbors' faults, and a large bag behind filled with his own faults. Hence it is that men are quick to see the faults of others, and yet are often blind to their own failings." - Aesop

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[Quote No.51962] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[A true story - with a message about a vocation and career helping others and not being daunted by a big job.] - The Secret of Jimmy Yen - A jury of distinguished scholars and scientists, including Albert Einstein and Orville Wright thought enough of Jimmy Yen to vote him one of the top ten Modern Revolutionaries of the Twentieth Century. Yet all he did was teach Chinese peasants to read. What made that so amazing was that for four thousand years reading and writing in China was only done by the Scholars. 'Everybody' knew, including the peasants themselves, that peasants were incapable of learning. That thoroughly ingrained cultural belief was Jimmy Yen's first 'impossible' barrier. The second barrier was the Chinese language itself, consisting of 40,000 characters, each character signifying a different word! The third barrier was the lack of technology and good roads. How could Jimmy Yen reach the 350 million peasants in China? Impossible odds, an impossibly huge goal-and yet he had almost attained it when he was forced (by Communism) to leave his country. Did he give up? No. He learned from defeat and expanded his goal: Teach the rest of the Third World to read. Practical reading programs, like the ones he invented in China, started pumping out literate people like a gushing oil well in the Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Kenya, Columbia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Ghana, India-people became literate. For the first time in their entire genetic history, they had access to the accumulated knowledge of the human race. For those of us who take literacy for granted, I'd like you to consider for a moment how narrow your world would be if you'd never learned how to read and there was no access to radios or TVs. 180,000 Chinese peasants were hired by the Allied Forces in WW1 as laborers in the war effort. Most of them had no idea-not a clue-where England, Germany or France was, they didn't know what they were being hired to do, and didn't even know what a war was! Try to grasp, if you will, the vacancy, the darkness, the lack that existed in those people because they couldn't read. Jimmy Yen was a savior to them. What was the secret of Jimmy Yen's success? He found a real need, and found in himself a strong desire to answer that need. And he took some action: He tried to do something about it even though it seemed impossible. He worked long hours. And he started with what he had in front of him and gradually took on more and more, a little upon a little. The English author Thomas Carlyle said, 'Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.' And that's what Jimmy Yen did. He started out teaching a few peasants to read, with no desks, no pens, no money, no overhead projectors. He started from where he found himself and did what was clearly at hand. And that's all you need to do. Start now. Start here. And do what lies clearly at hand!" - Adam Khan
'Self-Help Stuff That Works'
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[Quote No.51964] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[A true story - with a message about learning and preparation, especially for a life goal, vocation or career:] - Training for the Presidency - 'I meant to take good care of your book, Mr. Crawford,' said the boy, 'but I've damaged it a good deal without intending to, and now I want to make it right with you. What shall I do to make it good?' 'Why, what happened to it, Abe?' asked the rich farmer, as he took the copy of Weems's 'Life of Washington' which he had lent young Lincoln, and looked at the stained leaves and warped binding. 'It looks as if it had been out through all last night's storm. How came you to forget, and leave it out to soak?' 'It was this way, Mr. Crawford,' replied Abe. 'I sat up late to read it, and when I went to bed, I put it away carefully in my bookcase, as I call it, a little opening between two logs in the wall of our cabin. I dreamed about General Washington all night. When I woke up I took it out to read a page or two before I did the chores, and you can't imagine how I felt when I found it in this shape. It seems that the mud-daubing had got out of the weather side of that crack, and the rain must have dripped on it three or four hours before I took it out. I'm sorry, Mr. Crawford, and want to fix it up with you, if you can tell me how, for I have not got money to pay for it.' 'Well,' said Mr. Crawford, 'come and shuck corn three days, and the book 's yours.' Had Mr. Crawford told young Abraham Lincoln that he had fallen heir to a fortune the boy could hardly have felt more elated. Shuck corn only three days, and earn the book that told all about his greatest hero! 'I don't intend to shuck corn, split rails, and the like always,' he told Mrs. Crawford, after he had read the volume. 'I'm going to fit myself for a profession.' 'Why, what do you want to be, now?' asked Mrs. Crawford in surprise. 'Oh, I'll be President!' said Abe with a smile. 'You'd make a pretty President with all your tricks and jokes, now, wouldn't you?' said the farmer's wife. 'Oh, I'll study and get ready,' replied the boy, 'and then maybe the chance will come.' " - Orison Swett Marden
'Good Stories for Great Holidays'
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[Quote No.52003] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[A story - with a message about being humble and sceptical, so you're able to consistently question your own assumptions and get all the necessary facts to make good decisions.] - Know When to Change Course - Two battleships assigned to the training squadron had been at sea on manoeuvres in heavy weather for several days. The visibility was poor with patchy fog, so the captain remained on the bridge keeping an eye on all activities. Shortly after dark, the lookout on the wing of the bridge reported, 'Light, bearing on the starboard bow.' 'Is it steady or moving astern?' the captain called out. The lookout replied, 'Steady, captain,' which meant it was on a dangerous collision course with their ship. The captain then shouted to the signalman, 'Signal the ship: We are on a collision course. Advice you to change course 20 degrees.' Back came a signal, 'Advisable for you to change course 20 degrees!' In reply, the captain said, 'Send: I'm a ship's captain. Change course 20 degrees, now!' 'I'm a seaman second class,' came the reply, 'You had better change course 20 degrees, now!' By that time, the captain was furious. He spit out a command, 'Send: This is a battleship. Change your course immediately.' Back came the flashing light's reply. 'This is a lighthouse!' The battleship changed course!" - Frank Koch
Quoted in the book, 'More Sower's Seeds'.
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[Quote No.52004] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[A story - with a message about showing appreciation.] - Lesson from a Rainy Day - August 26, 1999 is a day that many New Yorkers would probably like to forget. However, this New Yorker will always remember that day because that is the day that I learned what a powerful gift appreciation can truly be. On August 26, 1999, New York City experienced a torrential downpour. The relentless rain caused the streets to flood. New York City's subway system came to a screeching halt as the subway stations were inundated with water. Unfortunately, this happened during the morning rush hour. Many people who were going to work were stranded and forced to go home. Some battled with fellow New Yorkers to hail a cab or to get on a bus. Still others braved the storm, walking miles to get to work. I happened to be one of people on her way to work that morning. I went from subway line to subway line only to find that most service had stopped. After running around like crazy and making my way through crowds of people, I finally found a subway line that was operating. Unfortunately, there were so many people waiting to board the subway that I could not even get down the stairs to the platform. Undaunted and determined to get to work, I decided to take the train uptown several stops and then switch back to the downtown train. It was a hassle, but it paid off. However, the train got more packed at each stop. People pushed and shoved. I was constantly hit with elbows and bags. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, the train reached my stop. But the journey was not over yet. I would still have to walk several blocks to get to my office. The rain had intensified, and no umbrella was enough to withstand the forces of Mother Nature. When I finally got to work, I was completely soaked and left a puddle of water everywhere I sat. I was also exhausted and discouraged from my commute. My co-workers and I spent most of the day drying off. When 5:00 rolled around, I was ready to go home. I was about to log off my computer when I received an email from Garth, my Deputy Director. I opened the email and found the following message: I would like to thank all those associates who made the effort and eventually reported to work. It is always reassuring, at times like these, when employees so clearly demonstrate their dedication to their jobs. Thank you. As you can see, Garth's email was short, but I learned more from that brief message than I ever did from a textbook. The email taught me that a few words of appreciation can make a big difference. The rainstorm and the transit troubles had made me miserable and weary. But Garth's words immediately invigorated me and put a smile back on my face. Garth's actions also made me realize that words of appreciation not only make you feel good but it also motivates and inspires you. After reading his email, I felt that coming to work that day was an accomplishment that I should be proud of. Suddenly getting drenched and the extremely long commute did not seem so bad. As a matter of fact, his email made the whole subway ordeal all worthwhile. Sometimes we are so wrapped up in our lives that we forget the magical power of appreciation. Garth had been caught in the rain like the rest of us. He had to tend to his responsibilities. He also had to cope with the numerous absences in the five areas that he manages. And he had to take on his boss' responsibilities, as she was unable to get to work. Yet, he still found time to send an email thanking his employees for their dedication and the extra effort they had made to get to work. Garth taught me that I should never be too busy to show people my appreciation and to acknowledge the positive things they do. This was the most valuable lesson that anyone could ever give me. And for that, I will always be grateful to Garth. August 26, 1999 may have been one of the darkest days in New York City history, but it was one of the brightest days in my life thanks to Garth." - Anonymous

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[Quote No.52005] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[A story - with a message about the gentle empathy needed to deal kindly with others.] - A Lesson From A Terrapin - There was a boy who found a terrapin, more commonly known as a turtle. He started to examine it but the turtle pulled in its head and closed its shell like a vice. The boy was upset and he picked up a stick to try to pry it open. The boy's uncle saw all this and remarked, 'No, that's not the way! In fact, you may kill the turtle but you'll not get it to open up with a stick.' The uncle took the terrapin into the house and set it near the fireplace. It wasn't but a few minutes until it began to get warm. Then the turtle pushed out its head, then stretched out its legs and began to crawl. 'Turtles are like that,' said the uncle, 'and people, too. You can't force them into anything.' But if you first warm them up with some real kindness, more than likely, they will do what you want them to do!" - Unknown
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[Quote No.52008] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[A story - with a message about the importance of everyone in the team.] - The Most Important Question - During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: 'What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?' Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade. 'Absolutely,' said the professor. 'In your careers you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.' I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy!" - Joann C. Jones
Quoted in the book, 'Heart at Work: Stories and Strategies for Building Self-esteem and Reawakening the Soul at Work' by Jack Canfield and Jacqueline Miller.
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"[A true story - with a message about appreciating those that help us.] - The Secret of an Efficient Secretary - Arnold Bennett, the British novelist, had a publisher who boasted about the extraordinary efficiency of his secretary. One day while visiting the publisher's office, Bennett asked her: 'Your boss claims you're extremely efficient. What's your secret?' 'It's not my secret,' said the secretary, 'it's his.' Each time she did something for him, no matter how insignificant, she explained, he never failed to acknowledge and appreciate it. Because of this, she took infinite pains with her work." - Unknown

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[Quote No.52091] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[A story - with a message about knowing what you really want!!] - What Will My Reward Be? - One day a fisherman was lying on a beautiful beach, with his fishing pole propped up in the sand and his solitary line cast out into the sparkling blue surf. He was enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun and the prospect of catching a fish. About that time, a businessman came walking down the beach, trying to relieve some of the stress of his workday. He noticed the fisherman sitting on the beach and decided to find out why this fisherman was fishing instead of working harder to make a living for himself and his family. 'You aren't going to catch many fish that way,' said the businessman to the fisherman. 'You should be working rather than lying on the beach!' The fisherman looked up at the businessman, smiled and replied, 'And what will my reward be?' 'Well, you can get bigger nets and catch more fish!' was the businessman's answer. 'And then what will my reward be?' asked the fisherman, still smiling. The businessman replied, 'You will make money and you'll be able to buy a boat, which will then result in larger catches of fish!' 'And then what will my reward be?' asked the fisherman again. The businessman was beginning to get a little irritated with the fisherman's questions. 'You can buy a bigger boat, and hire some people to work for you!' he said. 'And then what will my reward be?' repeated the fisherman. The businessman was getting angry. 'Don't you understand? You can build up a fleet of fishing boats, sail all over the world, and let all your employees catch fish for you!' Once again the fisherman asked, 'And then what will my reward be?' The businessman was red with rage and shouted at the fisherman, 'Don't you understand that you can become so rich that you will never have to work for your living again! You can spend all the rest of your days sitting on this beach, looking at the sunset. You won't have a care in the world!' The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, 'And what do you think I'm doing right now?'" - Unknown

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[Quote No.52098] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[A story - with a message about the value of having the courage to be honest.] - The Emperor's Seed - Once there was an emperor in the Far East who was growing old and knew it was coming time to choose his successor. Instead of choosing one of his assistants or one of his own children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young people in the kingdom together one day. He said, 'It has come time for me to step down and to choose the next emperor. I have decided to choose one of you.' The kids were shocked! But the emperor continued. 'I am going to give each one of you a seed today. One seed. It is a very special seed. I want you to go home, plant the seed, water it and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from this one seed. I will then judge the plants that you bring to me, and the one I choose will be the next emperor of the kingdom!' There was one boy named Ling who was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly told his mother the whole story. She helped him get a pot and some planting soil, and he planted the seed and watered it carefully. Every day he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other youths began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Ling kept going home and checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by. Still nothing. By now others were talking about their plants but Ling didn't have a plant, and he felt like a failure. Six months went by, still nothing in Ling's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Ling didn't say anything to his friends, however. He just kept waiting for his seed to grow. A year finally went by and all the youths of the kingdom brought their plants to the emperor for inspection. Ling told his mother that he wasn't going to take an empty pot. But she encouraged him to go, and to take his pot, and to be honest about what happened. Ling felt sick to his stomach, but he knew his mother was right. He took his empty pot to the palace. When Ling arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by all the other youths. They were beautiful, in all shapes and sizes. Ling put his empty pot on the floor and many of the other kinds laughed at him. A few felt sorry for him and just said, 'Hey nice try.' When the emperor arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted the young people. Ling just tried to hide in the back. 'My, what great plants, trees and flowers you have grown,' said the emperor. 'Today, one of you will be appointed the next emperor!' All of a sudden, the emperor spotted Ling at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered his guards to bring him to the front. Ling was terrified. 'The emperor knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me killed!' When Ling got to the front, the Emperor asked his name. 'My name is Ling,' he replied. All the kids were laughing and making fun of him. The emperor asked everyone to quiet down. He looked at Ling, and then announced to the crowd, 'Behold your new emperor! His name is Ling!' Ling couldn't believe it. Ling couldn't even grow his seed. How could he be the new emperor? Then the emperor said, 'One year ago today, I gave everyone here a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds which would not grow. All of you, except Ling, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grown, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Ling was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new emperor!' " - Unknown

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[Quote No.52102] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[A story - with a message about true maturity:] - Greatness - 'The trouble with the world,' said the Master with a sigh, 'is that human beings refuse to grow up.' 'When can a person be said to have grown up?' asked a disciple. 'On the day he does not need to be lied to about anything.'" - Anthony de Mello, SJ
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[Quote No.52104] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[A true story - with a message about honesty and treating others fairly and by the Golden Rule so they are treated as you would want to be treated in the same circumstances.] - Honest Abe - We celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday (February 12), and we should. Lincoln was one of the few great men who really was great. Before he became president, Lincoln spent twenty years as an unsuccessful Illinois lawyer -- at least he was unsuccessful in financial terms. But when you measure the good he did, he was very rich indeed. Legends are often untrue, but Lincoln was the real thing. ...During his years as a lawyer, there were hundreds of documented examples of his honesty and decency. For example, Lincoln didn't like to charge people much who were as poor as he was. Once a man sent him twenty-five dollars, but Lincoln sent him back ten of it, saying he was being too generous. He was known at times to convince his clients to settle their issue out of court, saving them a lot of money, and earning himself nothing. An old woman in dire poverty, the widow of a Revolutionary soldier, was charged $200 for getting her $400 pension. Lincoln sued the pension agent and won the case for the old woman. He didn't charge her for his services and, in fact, paid her hotel bill and gave her money to buy a ticket home! He and his associate once prevented a con man from gaining possession of a tract of land owned by a mentally ill girl. The case took fifteen minutes. Lincoln's associate came to divide up their fee, but Lincoln reprimanded him. His associate argued that the girl's brother had agreed on the fee ahead of time, and he was completely satisfied. 'That may be,' said Lincoln, 'but I am not satisfied. That money comes out of the pocket of a poor, demented girl; and I would rather starve than swindle her in this manner. You return half the money at least, or I'll not take a cent of it as my share.' He was a fool, perhaps, by certain standards. He didn't have much, and it was his own fault. But he was a good human being by anyone's standards and I'm glad we celebrate his birthday. Honesty makes you feel good about yourself and creates trust in others. It improves your relationship with yourself and with others. It's not much in fashion these days to talk about the benefits of honesty and decency, but the benefits are there and they are valuable and worth the trouble. Lincoln didn't talk much about religion, even with his best friends, and he didn't belong to any church. But he once confided to a friend that his religious code was the same as an old man he knew in Indiana, who said, 'When I do good, I feel good, and when I do bad, I feel bad, and that's my religion.' Honesty. It may be corny, but it's the finest force for good in the world, and it always will be. Do some honest good in the world." - Adam Khan
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[Quote No.52106] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[A true story - with a message about being moral, ethical and fair and following the Golden Rule whereby you treat others as you would like to be treated in the same circumstances.] - Maintain Your Integrity - A while back, there was a story about Reuben Gonzolas, who was in the final match of his first professional racquetball tournament. He was playing the perennial champion for his first shot at a victory on the pro circuit. At match point in the fifth and final game, Gonzolas made a super 'kill shot' into the front corner to win the tournament. The referee called it good, and one of the linemen confirmed the shot was a winner. But after a moment's hesitation, Gonzolas turned and declared that his shot had skipped into the wall, hitting the floor first. As a result, the serve went to his opponent, who went on to win the match. Reuben Gonzolas walked off the court; everyone was stunned. The next issue of a leading racquetball magazine featured Gonzolas on its cover. The lead editorial searched and questioned for an explanation for the first ever occurrence on the professional racquetball circuit. Who could ever imagine it in any sport or endeavor? Here was a player with everything officially in his favor, with victory in his grasp, who disqualifies himself at match point and loses. When asked why he did it, Gonzolas replied, 'It was the only thing I could do to maintain my integrity.' " - Jack Canfield and Jacqueline Miller.
'Heart at Work: Stories and Strategies for Building Self-esteem and Reawakening the Soul at Work'
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