I’ve had a plaque on my office wall for many years. It features a picture taken at Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963. It also has a button that when pushed starts the speech. I love the sound of it and the words that he spoke (and I love the expression on the faces of visitors to my office when they push the button). If you can’t see (or hear) the video, you can click here to hear it.
“Your first job as a leader or a change agent, is to convince your colleagues (and maybe even yourselves) that playing it safe may be the riskiest course of all. Change begins to happen when people finally conclude that the risk of trying something new is less than the cost of what’s worked in the past.” Bill Taylor (author of Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Things in Extraordinary Ways)
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I love these two questions from Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management (p. 12, The Design of Business).
Here are some additional posts that might be helpful:
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“To achieve a goal you’ve never achieved before, you must do things you’ve never done before.” Chris McChesney, The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals.
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“Nothing is more counterintuitive for a leader than saying no to a good idea, and nothing is a bigger destroyer of focus than always saying yes.” Chris McChesney The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals
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“The idea that you can trust Christ and not intend to obey him is an illusion…. In fact, you can no more trust Jesus and not intend to obey him than you could trust your doctor or your auto mechanic and not intend to follow their advice. If you do not intend to follow their advice, you simply do not trust them.” Dallas Willard
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