Ideas, even good ones, will fail. Companies will be purchased, and sold. Relationships will change. There are two choices, you can wish for what was. Or you can reinvent yourself to deal with what is.
If we continue to reward test scores, we’ll continue to get cheating. But if we decide that we, the American people care passionately about learning, we’ll create a system that inspires our students and teachers to feel the same way.
My friend who is a divorce lawyer says, “Most marriage failures are not the result of infidelity, substance abuse or in-laws. Most marriage failures are the result of selfishness.”
Which circles us back to the leadership question of the day – do you have a noble purpose? Or do you just sell stuff?
Success or failure is never one thing; it’s lots of things.
Life is short. Meaningful human interaction is an excellent way to spend our limited time on this earth.
World travel enlarges people. It’s a big wide world, the more you see of it, the more you appreciate it.
We humans have cast our lot together. Trusting each other is the only way we’re going to get anything done.
Your life is a series of moments. You can enjoy them, or you can wish them away. It’s your choice.
Here’s the thing I’ve learned: funerals matter. When a friend helps you through a funeral, you never forget it.
There are two types of negotiation. The kind where you don’t care what kind of reputation you’re creating, like a hostage negotiation. The other kind of negotiation is when you’re negotiating prices and terms with people that you’re eventually going to have to work with.
The big question — How would I want this handled if I were on the other side? — doesn’t simplify problems, it illuminates their complexity, which is exactly what is required to solve them.
If you ask people what they want for their children, most will tell you that they just want their kids to grow up to be happy.
Personally, and in business, mastering people skills is life’s big difference-maker. It’s not easy, but important skills are rarely intuitive. Mastering the art of winning people over is the difference between being surrounded by support and enthusiasm versus having do everything on your own.
Group relationships are complex. But they’re worth it.