As the New Year begins we look forward to 2018 but also look back to the year just gone. Sometimes we also look back further to years and individuals gone by who made statements that we could and should fine helpful in this coming year.
One I found – with no recorded source – says: “Why do managers need Leadership?” The answer given by this unnamed individual is: ‘…because, if you are just managing people, you are not doing yourself justice. With a little insight into the way people thing, feel, and react, you could be rousing your people into breaking production levels, motivating them to do their best, encouraging their cooperation, infusing a sense of loyalty, inspiring them to meet lofty goals, and earning their respect and gratitude as well!
Going back a bit to some words from Britain’s great leader through – and after – the Second World War, Sir Winston Churchill we have these words: “The human story does not always unfold like a mathematical calculation on the principle that two and two make four. Sometime in life, they make five or minus three; and sometimes the blackboard topples down to the middle of the sum and leaves the class in disorder and the pedagogue with a black eye.”
To close, these are three comments/statements that, perhaps, would have been better not being said:
The former French President Charles De Gaulle tells us that: “China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.”
The US former vice-president Dan Quale told America that: “It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.”
And to end to this little list we have a US General – I’m not saying which one – telling us that: “Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.”