Who Said That? … it may be worth noting!

Quotation MarksAlmost every formal talk or presentation that we attend begins with a quote to set the stage and tone desired by the speaker. If you have made a presentation, you may have begun with a quote as well. As I reviewed some of my training materials, I decided to make note of a few quotes that seem as apropos today as when they were delivered.

As I edited the previously used collection of quotes for suitability, I finally decided that I may as well be totally subjective and use the ones that impressed me. OK, here goes:

1. “Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness or misery.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr., American Author

2. “The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!” – Earl Nightingale (1921 – 1989), American Motivational Speaker and Author

3. “Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness or misery.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr., American Author

4. “Opinion is that exercise of the human will which helps us to make a decision without information.” – John Erskine (1879 – 1951), American Poet

5. “Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. (1934 – ), Retired United States Army General

6. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter F. Drucker, (1909 – 2005), Author and Teacher

7. “Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.” – Stephen R. Covey (1932 – ), American Author

8. “All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.” – Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968), American Clergyman and Activist

9. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher (1925 – ), Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

10. “Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.” – Harold S. Geneen (1910-1997), American Businessman, CEO of ITT from 1959 to 1977

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James E. McClain is the author of Successful Career Development: A Game Plan, the book upon which some of our training programs are based. He has over 30 years' experience as a corporate HR executive, small business owner with ongoing experience in career development and as a college instructor. His educational background includes a B.S. and Masters degrees Education and Certification in Financial Planning. Our promise is that "you can pay more for training but you can not buy better training." The mission is to deliver the most effective and cost effective training and development programs.

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