I had the great honor of meeting Margaret Thatcher at the Greenbrier in the fall of 2000.
She had many great quotes, statements, and speeches.
Here is one of my favorite quotes:
“Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.”
In his acceptance speech for the American Medical Association’s Distinguished Service Award, Dr. Omalu said, “Seek the truth…truth does not have a perspective…or a side…come what may…the truth will always prevail.” Dr. Omalu’s story and journey are worth knowing and his acceptance speech is worth watching.
In his commencement speech at Boston College in 2004, Tim Russert said:
“No exercise is better for the human heart than reaching down to lift up another person.”
Thank you Tim for this critical reminder about what we can do for others.
Peter Drucker has been quoted often after he so succinctly pointed out that, “The purpose of a company is to create a customer.” Integrated marketing communications maintain the customer as the focus. Whether or not you agree with Drucker, one cannot disagree that companies will not exist without customers. As busy executives, it easy too easy to get caught up in the hectic nature of our work at the expense of ignoring the customers. When was the last time you met with a customer and/or saw one of your products in use or your procedures/services being performed?
From the day I picked up Warren’s “On Becoming A Leader” in 1990, I have been an avid fan and a lifelong student of leadership. Some 20 years later, I had the great fortune of spending time with Warren at his home, discussing leadership and his life’s pursuits. He wrote to me that of his many publications, “On Becoming a Leader” was his favorite. I have read and re-read the book several times; it is timeless. I dedicate my initial blog post to a great man and a tremendous contributor to leaders around the world.