“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is – try to please everybody.” – Herbert Swope (1882-1958)

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." — Winston Churchill

"Being truthful with others is honesty…. being truthful with yourself is integrity." – unknown

“Success depends on the scar tissue of experience.” – Jeffrey K. Harris, former NRO Director (’92-’96) from Aviation Week and Space Technology, Nov 14, 2011, page 61.

“I worry that the plague of micro-management is becoming a substitute for experience.” – Jeffrey K. Harris, former NRO Director (’92-’96) from Aviation Week and Space Technology, Nov 14, 2011, page 61.

"Inspired by our mission. Fueled by our people." – unknown

“In the absence of guidance or orders, determine what they should have been, and proceed accordingly.” – as seen in Iraq by Gen. Petreaus

“(Those) who call themselves ‘inept’ and ask for help are not really inept at all. They ae a heck of a lot smarter than others who refuse to admit what they do now know!” – by K1CJS on eHam.com on 03JUL12

"Requirements hygiene: Don’t be a scope creep." – unknown

"In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not." – sourced to Andy Kay, BAH

“If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, then you don’t know what you are going.” – W. Edwards Deming

"Failure is not the worst outcome; mediocrity is." – as seen in LinkedIn

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford

“The only difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has limits.” – Albert Einstein

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” – Stephen R. Covey (1932-2012)

Not Quite Real Quotes....

“He who is without oil shall cast out the first rod...” -- Detonations 24:7

Remember This Too…

If you want my loyalty, interests and best efforts, remember that….

  • I need a sense of belonging, a feeling that I am honestly needed for my total self, not just for my hands, nor because I take orders well.

  • I need to have a sense of sharing in planning our objectives. My need will be satisfied only when I feel that my ideas have had a fair hearing.

  • I need to feel that the goals and objectives arrived at are within reach and that they make sense to me.

  • I need to feel that what I am doing has real purpose or contributes to human welfare – that its value extends even beyond my personal gain, or hours.

  • I need to share in making the rules by which together, we shall live and work towards our goals.

  • I need to know in some clear detail just what is expected of me – not only my detailed task, but where I have opportunity to make personal and final decisions.

  • I need to have some responsibilities that challenge, that are within range of my abilities and interests, and that contribute towards reaching my assigned goal, and that covers all goals.

  • I need to see that progress is being made towards the goals we have set.

  • I need to be kept informed. What I am not up on, I may be down on.

In brief, it really doesn't· matter how much sense my part in this organization makes to you – I must· feel the whole deal makes sense to me.

When Confucius was asked the definition of wisdom was, his answer was "to know mankind". This answer is as valid today as it was 2500 years ago.

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