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The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog.  The man will be there to feed the dog.  The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.
   —  Warren Bennis
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On This Day In:
2016 Cast Out
2015 Small Pieces
Happy Father’s Day!
2014 Uncertain Work
2013 Unpatriotic And Servile
2012 What Price Freedom?
2011 Particular Importance
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One of the marvelous things about life is that any gaps in your education can be filled, whatever your age or situation, by reading, and thinking about what you read.
  —  Warren Bennis
From his book: “On Becoming A Leader
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On This Day In:
2014 Even In Our Sleep
2013 Passion Is Always Personal
2012 And You Are?
2011 Innate Talent

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To be an effective leader, you not only have to get the group of followers on the right path, but you must be able to convince them that whatever obstacle stands in the way ahead, whether it’s a tree or a building that blocks the view, you’re going to get around it.  You’re not going to be put off by the apparent barriers to your goal.  All journeys are filled with potholes and mines, but the only way we can move beyond them is to approach them, and recognize them for what they are.  You have to see that it’s only a tree, or whatever, and it’s not insurmountable.  Everywhere you trip is where the treasure lies.
   —  Norman Lear
Quoted by: Warren Bennis
From his book: “On Becoming A Leader
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On This Day In:
2014 The Flower Of Light
2013 Eye Catching
2012 The Holstee Manifesto
2011 Three Crooners For The Shower
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As ugly as the recent headlines have been, I think it is important to remember that our attitudes toward leaders are cyclical.  We tend to lavish disproportionate attention and praise on them for a time, to treat them like royalty, only to turn on them at some point and treat them like devils.  Neither extreme is true.
 —  Warren Bennis
From the updated Introduction to his book: “On Becoming A Leader
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On This Day In:
2013 Footprints
2012 Broken Resolutions
Bin It

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A lot of leadership is based on the ability to see how all humanity is related, how all parts of society are related, and how things move in the same direction.
 

—  Warren Bennis
from his book: “On Becoming A Leader
 

 

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It’s okay to make mistakes, as long as you make them in good conscience and you’re doing the best you can at that moment. …I’m not afraid to make a mistake, and I’m not afraid to say afterward, ‘Boy, that was a mistake.  Let’s try something else.’  I think that wins people over.  Now, I don’t make mistakes purposely to win people over, but when I make one, I admit it.  I can also say, ‘You have a better idea than I have.  Let’s do your idea.’  I don’t second-guess people.  If I hire you to do something, I let you do it.
 

—  Barbara Corday
American television executive, writer and producer with CBS Television mainly known for co-creating the television series Cagney & Lacey
as quoted in “On Becoming A Leader” by Warren Bennis

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Escape

Experiences aren’t truly yours until you think about them, analyze them, examine them, question them, reflect on them, and finally understand them.  The point, once again, is to use your experiences rather than being used by them, to be the designer, not the design, so that experiences empower rather than imprison.
 

—  Warren Bennis
from his book: “On Becoming A Leader
 

 

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