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Quotes for a Thursday August 28, 2014

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“Transformation is the inevitable result of the incarnation” – Joel Edwards

“Cities and churches can display all of the outer trappings of success but still be lacking in the sight of God when it comes to the marginalised” – Sean Benesh

“Your core values are influenced not by what you see, but how you see” – Paul Manwaring

“Keeping promises is a hallmark of integrity because it demonstrates that we can be trusted to do what we say we will do” – Graham,Huntsman, Blanchard

Braveheart – a story of culture? April 24, 2014

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Braveheart is not the most historically accurate of films but there are a few moments within it that provide some great story telling that make sense beyond the story. Most people pick the speeches but there are some other key moments for me, primarily centred around the battle at Falkirk, in the last hour of the film.

The strategy was set, the first part went to plan – then at the moment for the Scottish clans to engage, they rode away. Wallace looked downbeat but not beaten – despite treachery there were many more still fighting the cause. Wallace then follows the English king as he rides away to be stopped by a masked knight – the knight was his ‘friend’, ally and supposed supporter – the fight left Wallace distraught and he collapsed. Betrayed again. His allies were not trustworthy – in modern terms they talked the walk but did not walk it. A man cannot fight alone – success needs team – Wallace realised that his team was not all that he had been promised.

However, in the midst of it all – a single Irishman. He did not fit the mould, he was feisty, eccentric and quirky – but loyal, faithful and a man who went went beyond the call of duty. Earlier in the film, he saved Wallace life on a hunting trip, here he had ridden after him and carried him from the battlefield. A man who understood what was needed, what was required and answered it to the full.

Story at its best – Wallace had the strategy but the culture around him was not as supportive as it should have been. Culture always wins over strategy and in this story it demonstrated that brilliant strategy was not enough.

Great Quote Friday (Tony Benn) March 14, 2014

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So many quotes from the great orator that was Tony Benn, this one is my favourite from the Observer in 1991:

It’s the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you’re mad, then dangerous, then there’s a pause and then you can’t find anyone who disagrees with you.


Good Quote Friday February 14, 2014

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Previous journeys in search of treasure have taught me that a zigzag strategy is the best way to get ahead.” Tahir Shah
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but seeing with new eyes.” Marcel Proust
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson
Every choice you make has a result”. There is a consequence. It is the natural order of things. You can trace things back from the result to the actions to the choice.” Zig Ziglar
Do not worry about holding high position; worry rather about playing your proper role.” Confucius
Map out your future, but do it in pencil.” Jon Bon Jovi
Only he who keeps his eye on the far horizon will find the right road.” Dag Hammarskjöld
The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.” Okakura Kakuzo

Phil Jackson Quotes October 9, 2013

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“If you place too many restrictions on players, they’ll spend an inordinate amount of time trying to buck the system. Like all of us, they need a certain degree of structure in their lives, but they also require enough latitude to express themselves creatively.”

“Most coaches get tied up in knots worrying about tactics, but I preferred to focus my attention on whether the players were moving together in a spirited way.”

“I know that being fixated on winning (or more likely, not losing) is counterproductive, especially when it causes you to lose control of your emotions. What’s more, obsessing about winning is a loser’s game: The most we can hope for is to create the best possible conditions for success, then let go of the outcome.”

“What matters most is playing the game the right way and having the courage to grow, as human beings as well as basketball players. When you do that, the ring takes care of itself.”

Joel Manby Quotes September 20, 2013

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I have been attempting to prepare for organisational change and so have been reading a variety of materials over the last little while. It is always difficult to get the balance right as you do not want to preempt the work of others but in my reading I have come across a plethora of quotes that have worked for me in a host of ways. Some quotes from Joel Manby that have resonated with me.

“A leader may decide something, but the whole organization needs to execute it”

“Don’t confuse disagreement with conflict”

“The unfortunate news is that the more senior you are in your organization, the more difficult it is to get the truth about how you’re performing”

“organisations talk about values, but few truly integrate those values into how leaders are evaluated and chosen and how organisational results are measured.”

Quotes on Trust June 30, 2013

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“Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.”
Alfred Adler

‘Trust is the willingness to accept vulnerability, based upon positive expectations about someone else’s behaviour”
Jennifer Dunn and Maurice Schweitzer

“We are all mistaken sometimes; sometimes we do wrong things, things that have bad consequences. But it does not mean we are evil, or that we cannot be trusted ever afterward.”
Alison Croggon

“It takes a strong person to say sorry, and an ever stronger person to forgive.”

Quotes to ponder June 9, 2013

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“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” – Henri Nouwen

“As long as we are on earth, the love that unites us will bring us suffering by our very contact with one another, because this love is the resetting of a Body of broken bones.” – Thomas Merton

“Genuine ignorance is profitable, because it is likely to be accompanied by humility, curiosity, and open mindedness; whereas ability to repeat catch-phrases, cant terms, familiar propositions, gives the conceit of learning and coats the mind with varnish, waterproof to new ideas.” – John Dewey

Quotes that provoke May 29, 2013

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This frightening hour calls aloud for men with the gift of prophetic insight. Instead we have men who conduct surveys, polls and panel discussions. We need men with the gift of knowledge. In their place we have men with scholarship—nothing more. Thus we may be preparing ourselves for the tragic hour when God may set us aside as so-called evangelicals and raise up another movement to keep New Testament Christianity alive.
A. W. Tozer
But it’s not style of worship that’s keeping them away from church. It’s not even evangelical truth. It’s the style of our life. When people are asked why they don’t come to church anymore, they list these five reasons: church is irrelevant, legalistic, hypocritical, too political, and filled with self-righteous people…….
Peyton Jones

Quotes to ponder May 28, 2013

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But not everybody gets to create his own problems. Most of us are called to dive in and fix someone else’s. If that’s you, the best way to create leverage as a leader is to begin asking tactical questions. People will hate you for it.
Andy Stanley
To reach people no one else is reaching, we must do things no one else is doing.
Craig Groeschel
Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth
John Wesley
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.
Eleanor Roosevelt