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A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

--Maya Angelou (quoted in Mind Your Own Bizniche by Mary Squire)



It is absurd for the Evolutionist to complain that it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing, and then pretend that it is more thinkable that nothing should turn itself into everything.




Beware the fury of a patient man.

--John Dryden [quoted in Leadership Wired v5n16]


Leadership Wired is available from



The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from one generation to the next, says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.


However, in modern business, because heavy investment factors are taken into consideration, other strategies are often tried with dead horses, including the following: 


  • Buying a stronger whip 

  • Changing riders 

  • Threatening the horse with termination 

  • Appointing a committee to study the horse 

  • Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses 

  • Lowering the standards so dead horses can be included 

  • Reclassifying the dead horse as "living impaired"

  • Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse 

  • Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed 

  • Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse's performance 

  • Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse's performance

  • Declaring that the dead horse carries lower overhead and therefore contributes more to the bottom line than some other horses 

  • Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses 

  • Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position 

--Author Unknown (


We have an ISA quote in honor of the ISA Show in Chicago last week.  Kay and I enjoyed the trip, but not the cold, wind, and rain!  I had steak every night – that’s what I love about Chicago.



"I don't think of the airlines as the bad guys as much as I do the dumb guys,'' said Ed Perkins, an advocate for fliers who founded the Consumer Reports Travel Letter. Perkins believes the nickel-and-diming of passengers might not really be worth it for an industry that desperately needs to stimulate demand.


'It reminds me of a corporation that's losing zillions of dollars and decides to fight back by controlling the way employees use paper clips and Scotch tape,'' he said.

Brad Foss []


We’ll continue with eclecticism this week.


..and on a baseball note, I’m glad to see that cool-headed teamwork beats arrogance and earrings.


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When you are through changing, you're through.

--Bruce Barton



Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.

--Robert Louis Stevenson



I was given a tour of a grease factory ... and started out on the ground floor which was receiving. The second floor was full of machinery where the petroleum product was cleaned and refined. The third floor had all kinds of pumps and machines that then transformed the product into the proper consistency for useable grease. On the fourth floor they packaged the product, the fifth floor had space for management, and then the sixth floor was for the executive offices. After a complete tour of the facility, I was perplexed and asked one of the tour guides, "I don't see any shipping department! Don't you market, sell and ship any product?" "No sir," came the embarrassed reply,




From the church bulletin of the Congregational Church of the Valley.  So apply this to churches… and businesses.



What can you do to promote world peace?  Go home and love your family.

--Mother Theresa



Heart is what separates the good from the great.

--Michael Jordan


It’s Eclectic Week here at Carl’s Quote of the Day.




e·clec·tic [ i kléktik ] adjective
choosing from various sources : choosing what is best or preferred from a variety of sources or styles • an eclectic taste in music
varied : made up of elements from various sources • an eclectic collection of paintings
eclectic person : somebody who selects what is best or preferred from a variety of sources or styles
[Late 17th century. From Greek eklektikos , literally “picking out, selecting,” from eklegein “to pick out,” from legein “to choose.”]
  e·clec·ti·cal·ly , adverb
©2002 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.



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If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters.

--Alan Simpson



Discipline is doing what you really do not want to do, so you can do what you really want to do.

--John C. Maxwell in Leadership Wired v5n13



Courage isn't an absence of fear. It's doing what you are afraid to do. It's having the power to let go of the familiar and forge ahead into new territory.

--John C. Maxwell



And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.

--Erica Jong (How to Save Your Own Life)


Not a book I would read, but I like the quote.



No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar.

--Donald Foster, admitting that his work to establish Shakespeare as the author of an obscure poem is wrong. NY Times Quote of the Day 6/20/02


Mistakes, risk, and fear encompass this week’s theme here at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


[And a happy Columbus Day or Thanksgiving – depending on whether you’re south or north of the border.]


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... we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;

perseverance, character; and character, hope.

--Romans 5:3,4 NIV



The gospel is meant to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

--Garrison Keillor



God often uses bitter experiences to make us better.

--ODB 09/20/02



God does not shield us from life's storms; He shelters us in life's storms.

--ODB 9/18/02


What a difference a preposition makes!



The length of our days is seventy years-

or eighty, if we have the strength;

yet their span is but trouble and sorrow,

for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

--Psalm 90:10 NIV


We usually don’t stay on religious themes this long, but apparently that’s where my reading has been.  This week we are not focusing on the trouble and sorrow part of this verse, but the “We fly away” part.


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I have seen His hand in an Arizona sunset.

--Chris Machen (Arizona Sunset)


He has made everything beautiful in its time.

--Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV


I’ve been listening to a Christian radio station over the Internet while I work.  They play “Light Praise.”  It’s KTLF out of Colorado Springs (  I heard this song, but wasn’t quick enough to click on their “What’s Playing” link.  I sent them an email and got a quick response with the artist and CD title.  I couldn’t find the CD at which is my usual store for Christian books, music, and software.  (No, Amazon didn’t have it either.)  I found and was able to order it there.  There's a snippet of the song on their website.


The verse from Ecclesiastes seems to go with it.  And yes most of my generation can quote the earlier verses of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 – we just keep adding “Turn! Turn! Turn!” to what’s written.  [The Byrds, 1965 (]


Chris Machen drew his inspiration for Arizona Sunset from Psalm 19.  God’s creation makes His presence plain to all, Paul wrote to the Romans.


And, finally, from personal experience, the Arizona sunsets are without equal and you can see His hand.  They’re probably the real reason we moved back here.



"I'm modern, materialistic, pagan," she whispered.  "Could this -- this amazement, joy, pain be that, in the Canyon, I caught a glimpse of God?"

--the character Patricia Edgerton, on first seeing the Grand Canyon, in Zane Grey's The Deer Stalker 1953


Those of you who have been on the list a while may recognize this.  It was August 9th Carl’s Quote of the Day, but it fits this theme very well – not to mention my current geography.



Nature is but a name for an effect whose cause is God.

--ODB 11/10/93


Sorry, there’s no link to this Our Daily Bread – it predates their website.  And its publication date provides a clue as to how long I’ve been collecting quotes.  Whew!



I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we only will tune in.

--George Washington Carver



God does not require you to follow His leadings on blind trust. Behold the evidence of an invisible intelligence pervading everything, even your own mind and body.

--Raymond Holliwell


God in Nature is our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

--Philip K. Dick


I’ve read a fair amount of this author’s science fiction work.  He does not strike me as a man of faith.  The appropriateness of his quote is this: we don’t determine reality – God does.  You may believe the earth is flat, but the reality remains.  You may believe there is no God, no heaven, no hell, but the reality remains.



If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.

--Martin Luther King, Jr.



To me faith is not just a noun but also a verb.

--Jimmy Carter


Wednesday night is Enterprise night here – as in the starship Enterprise on TV.  The connection to faith is the show’s theme song, a Rod Stewart song, sung on the show by Russell Watson.  It fits the premise of the show very well.  It fits as an attitude we should all have as well.  It doesn’t really fit this week’s theme, but I like it, so here it is.



Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

--Hebrews 11:1 NIV


Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.

--Elton Trueblood



A person consists of his faith. Whatever is his faith, even so is he.

--Indian proverb


Our theme this week here at Carl’s Quote of the Day is faith.  They say the Navajo have difficulty understanding the white man’s insistence that his religion can be separated from the rest of his life.  There is no separation of church and state for the Navajo.  All is intertwined.  A faith not lived is not a faith.


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He who doesn't take risks, doesn't drink champagne.

--Alexander Lebed


Special bonus information for my Canadian friends (and I swear I am not to blame): I saw a TV commercial today that you must also see.  Go to and view Joe’s commercial.  For the non-Canadians, if you want to see the original, send me an email and I’ll email the 2Meg original.



Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships.

--Michael Jordan



In 1966, Peter Drucker defined leadership as "thinking through the organization's mission, defining it, and establishing it, clearly and visibly." In a new age of killer competition, the foundation of leadership is "thinking through the organization's DIFFERENCE, defining it, and establishing it, clearly and visibly."

--Soundview Executive Book Summary of Differentiate or Die by Jack Trout with Steve Rivkin


“Organization” could be a church, too.


Ok, I didn’t read this book either, but I did read the 6-page summary (



Perhaps the most central characteristic of authentic leadership is the relinquishing of the impulse to dominate others.

--David Cooper (Psychiatry and Anti-Psychiatry)



No human pursuit achieves dignity until it can be called work.

--Beryl Markham (West with the Night)


The tenuous theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day involves work, leadership, and talent.  I confess to not reading this book.  (I found the quote on the Internet.)  But it does look intriguing.


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I destroy my enemy when I make him my friend.

--Abraham Lincoln



Danger past, God forgotten.




One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger.

But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!

--Ralph Waldo Emerson



In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it.

--George Bernard Shaw



The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

--Thomas Paine


"These are the times that try men's souls," Paine began his 50-page booklet Common Sense or for free.  He was writing just before the American Revolution – some say his writing played a large role in starting it!  "These are the times that try men's souls" is not exactly our theme this week, but it’s a good beginning.


Today’s quote is actually from The Crisis.


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The purpose of all music is to glorify God.

--J.S. Bach



There are things that music can do that language could never do, that painting can never do, or sculpture.

Music is capable of going directly to the source of the mystery. It doesn't have to explain it. It can simply celebrate it.

--Marsha Norman [quoted in Microsoft® Encarta® Quote of the Day 08/02/02]



Blessed is the man

Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly...

--Psalm 1:1 NKJ



For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.

--Matthew 12:34b NIV



I'm glad I understand that while language is a gift, listening is a responsibility.

--Nikki Giovanni (Racism 101) [quoted in Quote Lady 07/25/02]


Words (and music) are the theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves.

--Lane Kirkland [Microsoft® Encarta® Quote of the Day]



We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.

--Samuel Johnson



Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.

--Thomas Paine, Common Sense



He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything.

--Samuel Johnson



Intelligence becomes an asset when some useful order is created out of free-floating brainpower.

--Thomas A. Stewart [from Microsoft® Encarta® Quote of the Day]


Our theme this week is… well, I’m sure there’s a theme there somewhere.


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If grass can grow through cement, love can find you anywhere.





He drew a circle that shut me out--

Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.

But Love and I had the wit to win.

We drew a circle that took him in.

--Edwin Markham


I first heard this in 1983 while we were driving to Arizona to live (for the first time).  Our oldest son always had his nose in a book even when driving past exciting landscape and read this to me.  (In all fairness, he read this to me somewhere like Kansas, which has no landscape.)



Love is stronger than justice.




He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.

--Benjamin Franklin



Not all of us have to possess earthshaking talent. Just common sense and love will do.

--Myrtle Auvil


Love, love, love is the theme this week.  With this last leftover from last week’s theme:


Success is always something that you have to recover from.

--Marsha Norman [Microsoft® Encarta® Quote of the Day 08/01/02]


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We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?

--Jean Cocteau



Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and your plans will succeed.

--Proverbs 16:3 NIV



If you aren't afraid to fail, then you probably don't care enough about success.

--Mark McCormack, Microsoft® Encarta® Quote of the Day 06/19/02


To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality.

--Anita Roddick



Be aware that the natural tendency is to mentally set an almost unreachable standard for success while simultaneously creating a definition of failure that is easy to obtain.

--Tommy Newberry in Leadership Wired v5i11


If one seeks for success and prepares for failure, he will get the situation he has prepared for.

--Florence Scovel Shinn


You never learn from success. Success you take as the natural order of things.

--David Ivor Young [Microsoft® Encarta® Quote of the Day]


A Carl’s Quote of the Day triple play!



Most success comes from ignoring the obvious.

--Trevor Holdsworth [MSN Encarta Quote of the Day, 6/26/02]


Our theme this week is success!


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"I'm modern, materialistic, pagan," she whispered.  "Could this -- this amazement, joy, pain be that, in the Canyon, I caught a glimpse of God?"

--the character Patricia Edgerton, on first seeing the Grand Canyon, in Zane Grey's The Deer Stalker 1953


The Deer Stalker has limited availability.  But if you read any western, read Riders of the Purple Sage, the classic, the prototype, and still one of the best of the genre in hard copy or electronically.


It’s been some years since I read either of these novels (and dozens of Grey’s others).  But I do have a fascination with Zane Grey.  This year I read a book about him:










Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.

--Don Marquis


…since we were poetic yesterday … and since one of our subscribers is a published poet…



I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says: ''Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest.'' I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have.

--Harry S Truman


Now I’ve been to Boothill Cemetery in Tombstone a couple times and don’t remember what Harry does.  I have two favorite epitaphs there.  One, “Here lies Lester Moore, four slugs from a 44.  No Les, no more.”  Two, is not poetic, just ironic.  The occupant died from the infection from a sweaty hat band.  By the way, for you Californians, you’ll find a replica of Les’ gravestone at Knott’s.



Recreation, pleasure, amusement, fun and all the rest are poor substitutes for Joy; and Joy, so I at least am convinced, has its roots in something from which civilization tends to cut us off.

--Joseph Wood Krutch, quoted in Home is the Desert by Ann Woodin, 1964


Krutch is a naturalist speaking here about the desert.



Here we are in the rattlesnake's paradise.

Nine species are found along the Mexican border; and no wonder. The

country seems made for them,--the rocks, cliffs, canyons, pitahayas,

Joshuas, and all the rest of it. Notwithstanding their venom they

have beauty, and when one is seen at the bottom of some lonely,

unfrequented canyon, tail buzzing, head erect, and defiant,

glistening eyes, a man feels like apologising for the intrusion.

--Frederick S. Dellenbaugh in The Romance of the Colorado River


This is from the book I’m currently reading on my Palm, but it is available in hard copy:

You can see it’s also available with Down the Great Unknown, an account of John Wesley Powell’s pioneering first trip down the river.  [I read this one earlier this year.]

The Romance of the Colorado River is also available for free in computer readable form.


Yes, it’s definitely Arizona week here at Carl’s Quote of the Day!


[My apologies for being a bit tardy.  We are mostly moved in to our new house.  We had all the usual problems plus one new one – a fire.  It wasn’t serious, but several open boxes of cereal received smoke damage and had to be discarded.]


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Never take on more work than you have time to pray about.

--ODB 5/25/02


Well, this is the last Carl’s Quote of the Day from Canada!  Saturday morning we fly home to Arizona.  We’ve been here two years on a three year contract and I am disappointed we weren’t here for the whole three years.  I prefer to finish what I start.  But the restructuring gods deemed otherwise.  I have to say that I enjoyed my assignment here.  I really liked the people here – even those who are subscribers to Carl’s Quote of the Day (make that especially those who are subscribers).  But, it’s time to move on.  I have a conference to attend in Scottsdale next week and a possible contract assignment shortly thereafter.


Next week’s quote theme: Arizona!



Anyone who sees in his own occupation merely a means of earning money degrades it; but he that sees in it a service to mankind ennobles both his labor and himself.

--A. Lawrence Lowell [Microsoft® Encarta® Quote of the Day 06/25/02]


[Subscribers increased by 7% today… from 14 to 15!]



Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.

--James Matthew Barrie



There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love;

there's only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.

--Wayne W. Dyer



Find a job that you love and you will never work another day in your life.



Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.

--Mark Twain


The quote from Confucius is one of my all time favorite quotes… to start a week on our jobs.  (OK, so a job is still wishful thinking on my part.)  The quote from Mark Twain I just ran across.  After careful consideration, I still can’t decide whether he’s agreeing with Confucius or not.


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There are two kinds of men who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else.

--Cyrus H. Curtis



Two options come with leadership: the temptation to serve yourself, and the opportunity to serve the people you lead.

--David C. Egner in Our Daily Bread 06/17/02



You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.

--Dwight D. Eisenhower


Back to the unpredictable send schedule as the packers come tomorrow and my desktop machine will be packed.  Expect random send times for a few weeks!



Good leadership consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.

--John D. Rockefeller



Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.

--Harold Geneen, Founder, MCI Communications


Leadership is our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day… from Canada again (our last two weeks in Canada have begun).


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The fewer words the better prayer.

--Martin Luther



The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson


I know my timing has been inconsistent this week, as I'm sending these out manually instead of letting

Microsoft Outlook send them on a schedule. So for those of you on Eastern Time today: "It's time for bed now!"



Pray as if everything depended on God and act as if everything depended on oneself.

--Ignatius of Loyola



Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.

--Benjamin Franklin



God is not a cosmic bell-boy for whom we can press a button to get things.

--Harry Emerson Fosdick


It’s prayer week at Carl’s Quote of the Day... live from Mesa, Arizona where the temperature is 43 degrees C. (That's 110 F for the metrically challenged.)


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Lord, be with me in my career; let other workers see,

By the way I do my job; that you're leading me.

Guide my temper; and the things that make me laugh,

Help me never to be lazy; or do my job by half.

May Christ be always seen in me; by those that I affect,

Let me treat my fellow workers; with kindness and respect.

May I be honest and industrious; and in my duties never shirk,

May the world know I'm a Christian; by the way I do my work.

--Christian Worker's Prayer by Ramona K. Cecil



Cooperation is working together agreeably... Collaboration is working together aggressively; and there's a world of difference between those two.

--John C. Maxwell



Celebrate what you want to see more of.

--Tom Peters



The great danger that comes with growth is losing the proper balance between technology and business. 

At the best companies, suits and nerds alike see themselves as part of a greater "us."

--Robert X. Cringely (Accidental Empires, 1992)



Aligning Rewards with Measurements


You have to get this one right.


One time, I was surprised to see a great fourth quarter revenue line and no income to go with it. I asked, "What the hell happened here?"


"Well, we had a fourth quarter sales contest and everyone did a great job!"


"Where's the margin?"

"We didn't ask for margin."


That's the simplest example of a universal problem: What you measure is what you get - what you reward is what you get. Static measurements get stale. Market conditions change, new businesses develop, new competitors show up. I always pounded home the question "Are we measuring and rewarding the specific behavior we want?"


By not aligning measurements and rewards, you often get what you're not looking for.


--Jack Welch, Jack: Straight from the Gut


It’s back to work after the holiday last week.  Be careful what you incentivize people to do – they will find a way to bank that incentive!


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What is at the center of your life?  Carefully examine where you spend your attention, your time.  Look at your appointment book, your daily schedule... This is what receives your care and attention--and by definition, your love.

--Wayne Muller in How, Then, Shall We Live?



There's a word for postponed obedience: disobedience.

--Randy Alcorn in Lord Foulgrin’s Letters



We are not here to play, to dream, to drift,

We have hard work to do, and loads to lift,

Shun not the struggle; face it;

’Tis God’s gift.

--Maltbie Babcock from his poem “Be Strong” quoted in 101 Hymn Stories by Kenneth W. Osbeck, (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications) 1997.


Rev. Babcock was a violinist, a champion baseball pitcher, and an admirer of nature.  He used to say before walking up the hill to view Lake Ontario near his home in Lockport, NY, “I’m going out to see my Father’s world.”  Does that remind you of a hymn?  He wrote a 16-verse poem that was published after his death and the music was adapted from an old English melody by a friend:


This Is My Father’s World


This is my Father’s world,

And to my list’ning ears,

All nature sings, and round me rings

The music of the spheres.

This is my Father’s world,

I rest me in the thought

Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;

His hand the wonders wrought.


This is my Father’s world,

The birds their carols raise;

The morning light, the lily white

Declare their Maker’s praise.

This is my Father’s world,

He shines in all that’s fair;

In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,

He speaks to me ev’rywhere.


This is my Father’s world,

O let me ne’er forget

That though the wrong seems oft so strong,

God is the Ruler yet.

This is my Father’s world,

The battle is not done;

Jesus who died shall be satisfied,

And earth and heaven be one.

Eckert, Paul, Steve Green’s MIDI Hymnal, (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.) 1998.


Here's the tune for This Is My Father's World.


I don’t own the hard copy of 101 Hymn Stories.  I have the geeky electronic version from Logos Research (  I got mine from, but they no longer have it; these folks do




In the [Bible], love is something they do.  For [most believers], love is something they feel.

--Randy Alcorn in Lord Foulgrin's Letters



Faith is always stretching your "is" against your "ought."

--Peter J. Gomes in "Is Success a Sin" Harvard Business Review Sept01 v79n8


Faith, work, and love is the theme this week.


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Strive for results - not perfection.

--Paul J. Meyer



It's no use saying "We are doing our best."  You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.

--Winston Churchill


And I think this article titled “Memo to CEOs” really tells all of us what is necessary: .


My favorite from the article:

Business Roundtable, 1981: "Balancing the shareholder's expectations of maximum return against other priorities is one of the fundamental problems confronting corporate management. The shareholder must receive a good return but the legitimate concerns of other constituencies (customers, employees, communities, suppliers, and society at large) also must have the appropriate attention."

Business Roundtable, 1997: "The notion that the board must somehow balance the interests of stockholders against the interests of other stakeholders fundamentally misconstrues the role of directors."



The best way out is always through.

--Robert Frost



Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.

--John Quincy Adams



The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.

--Theodore Roosevelt


This is work week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  [Yes, I know it’s summer, but…]


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If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.

--ODB 05/16/02



Don’t bother to give God instructions, just report for duty.

–Corrie ten Boom



Atheism is an empty cup crying out to be filled, while most religion is an empty cup appearing to be filled.

--Randy Alcorn in Lord Foulgrin’s Letters


Lord Foulgrin’s Letters was inspired by C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters.  I have been reading all the fiction I can find from Randy Alcorn, my current favorite author.  Of the 29 books I’ve read this year his Dominion is my favorite.


Let me repeat a quote from Dominion that was the 5/1 Carl’s Quote of the Day – for the benefit of all the new subscribers (we’re up to 13 now):

That's what he loved about sports.  Great passion without real consequence.

--Randy Alcorn, Dominion


Dominion is a mystery novel with a Christian perspective.



The Christian on his knees sees more than the philosopher on tiptoe.

–D.L. Moody



A cleric who loses his faith abandons his calling; a philosopher who loses his redefines his subject.

--Ernest Gellner


Our theme this week covers philosophy, atheism, Christianity, and God’s refrigerator.


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All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific.

--Jane Wagner



Your current approach is a disastrous amalgam of gibberish and condescension.

--Jeff Henning in a heated debate over a user interface that had an incomprehensible jargon-filled dialog box that gave way to cloying hyperlinks



I no longer worry about dying, but I do worry about dying before my computer is proud of me.

--Peter Cochrane, BT Laboratories



The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.

--Hubert Humphrey



The next best thing to being witty one's self, is to be able to quote another's wit.

--Christian Nestell Bovee


Our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day is… <none> …or miscellaneous, or odds and ends, or bits and pieces, or the eclectic collection.  Yeah, that’s it – the eclectic collection!


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Look over your shoulder now and then to be sure someone's following you.

--Henry Gilmer


…or leave the leadership theme behind and take this conflicting advice from Satchel Paige: “Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."


Yes, I got that book from my wish list, Satchel Sez.  So, here is a bonus series of quotes from and about the major league’s oldest rookie (signed in 1948 at age 42(?) to help the Cleveland Indians to their last World Series win).  Before breaking the American League color barrier, he was the Negro League’s dominant pitcher.


“We don’t stop playing because we get old.  We get old because we stop playing.”   He pitched his last major league game in 1965 (at almost 60!), shutting out the Boston Red Sox in three innings of relief.  Maybe that’s one reason Ted Williams said “Satch was the greatest pitcher in baseball.”  Satch never gave a straight answer when asked about his age.  A typical Satch answer: "Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter."


My favorite Satch quote remains this one that was in the April 24 Carl’s Quote of the Day:

Work like you don't need the money.

Love like you've never been hurt.

Dance like nobody's watching.


But the runners-up are:


“Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.”


“You have to believe in yourself.  When you believe, you do.”


I’ve always believed the philosophical comment that if you choose a career you enjoy you’ll never work a day in your life.  Satch followed that, too: "I never had a job. I always played baseball."  He never worked out.  No personal trainer.  But he once started 29 games in one month!  He claimed the more he worked the stronger he got.  The only warm up he needed was shaking the catcher’s hand.


[I remain fascinated by Satchel Paige.  I’ve now added his autobiography and a biography to my Amazon wish list.]




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Ok, one last bonus quote because I just finished reading the book it’s from:

[Most executives] unconsciously distract themselves and others from their personal leadership issues by getting overly involved in the details of their businesses, often creating complexity where it shouldn't exist.

--Patrick Lencioni in The Five Temptations of a CEO


[I’ve now read 28 books so far this year, but only 5 business books.  Of course that’s not counting the book summary service business book summaries I’ve read.  This was the first one in which I can actually identify personal take-aways.  Highly recommended.]



When you get right down to it, one of the most important tasks of a leader is to eliminate his people's excuse for failure.

-- Robert Townsend


Yikes, if this is true, leaders need to listen to their people… and remove roadblocks, sure… and maybe even <shudder> trust them?  Yep, it’s that old time teller vs. clock builder argument again (from the 05/13/02 Carl’s Quote of the Day):


Imagine you met a remarkable person who could look at the sun or stars at any time of day or night and state the exact time and date: “It’s April 23, 1401, 2:36AM and 12 seconds.”  This person would be an amazing time teller, and we’d probably revere that person for the ability to tell time.  But wouldn’t that person be even more amazing if, instead of telling the time, he or she built a clock that could tell the time forever, even after he or she was dead and gone.


Having a great idea or being a charismatic visionary leader is “time telling,” building a company that can prosper far beyond the presence of any single leader and through multiple product life cycles is “clock building.”


-- James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras, Chapter 2: “Clock Building, Not Time Telling”, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies


For those of you who took the clock building thing literally and recommended Longitude by Dava Sobel, I just finished reading it.  It’s the story of how John Harrison built the first maritime chronometer so that longitude could be determined at sea.  It’s a near-tragedy as an engineering type struggles against the politics of invention (not to mention the politics of politics).



Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible.

--Colin Powell



The job of a leader is to create alignment.  Using the company's strategic goals as a framework, the leader tailors job responsibilities to take maximum advantage of employee's particular skills and abilities.

--Stephen J. Nelson in "Do You Know What's in Your Leadership Pipeline?" Harvard Management Update v7n5 May02



Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

--Dwight D. Eisenhower


Our theme this week is leadership.


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We must not measure greatness from the mansion down, but from the manger up.

--Jesse Jackson



[The former oil executive, turned management philosopher, Charles] Handy had been disappointed that his father [the rector of a country parish] had "settled for a humdrum life in the same little backwater."  Then he saw "tears in the eyes of the hundreds of people who had come from everywhere to say farewell," and wondered: "What is success and who was the successful one, me or my father?"

--Soundreview Speed Reviews of The Elephant and the Flea by Charles Handy



We use our time wisely when we combine the appropriate "stops" with the proper "steps."

--Richard W. De Haan (ODB 4/5/02)


Most of us have been guilty of combining improper steps with no stops.  In the full article, he refers to Ecclesiastes chapter 3.  Of course, I always sing those opening verses of Ecclesiastes (they’re used as the basis for Turn, Turn, Turn, The Byrds 60s hit - ).



God's answers are often wiser than our prayers.

-ODB 4/28/02


Not to be confused with the theology of Garth Brooks -  His prayers were not unanswered – God just answered “no.”  He does that sometimes, probably for the reasons in today’s quote.


It’s funny that he runs into his “old high school flame.”  That happens to me all the time.  Everyday, actually.



Prayer should be our first response—not our last resort.

--ODB 03/01/02


Welcome to prayer and faith week for Quote of the Day.  Our Daily Bread is a daily devotional.  I used to get the printed version for many years, but switched to the electronic only version now.


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When you're number four or five in a market, when number one sneezes, you get pneumonia.

--Jack Welch, Jack Welch and the GE Way


That’s an Avantis ouch.


[This one’s a little early, as we are really on another very brief trip to Arizona on Friday.]



Most managers overmanage, says Welch.  They enervate rather than energize, depress rather than excite.

--Robert Slater in Jack Welch and the GE Way



en·er·vate [énn?r vàyt] transitive verb


weaken: to weaken somebody’s physical, mental, or moral vitality • I was feeling quite enervated by the strain of moving.


©2002 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.



The thing I love about Microsoft Encarta is the feature it adds to the system tray: Microsoft FactFinder.  Just Alt-click any word and it pops up a definition from


Today’s quote reminds me of another favorite:

Most U.S. corporations are over-managed and under-led.

--John P. Kotter, "What Leaders Really Do" Harvard Business Review 12/01



The organization takes its cue from the person on top.  I always told our business leaders their personal intensity determined their organization's intensity.

--Jack Welch, Jack: Straight from the Gut



Initiatives vs. Tactics:  Initiatives live forever.  They create fundamental changes in a company.  They build on one another.  On the other hand, short-term tactical moves are needed to revitalize and energize a function or company.

--Jack Welch, Jack: Straight from the Gut



A CEO's primary social responsibility is to assure the financial success of the company.  Only a healthy, winning company has the resources and the capability to do the right thing.

--Jack Welch, Jack: Straight from the Gut


Welcome to Jack Welch week here at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


In honor of Queen Victoria (it is, after all, Victoria Day here in Canada – the queen-to-be was born May 24, 1819), let me add a quote from this mother of nine, grandmother of 40:

I don't dislike babies, though I think very young ones rather disgusting.


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Footprints in the sands of time are not made by sitting down.

--Dove Promises (chocolate candy wrapper)


If I had the Dove chocolate franchise in Canada, I wouldn’t need to be looking for a job!



Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate.

--Thomas Mann , 1875-1955, German Author, Critic



We don't need more strengths or more ability or greater opportunity. What we need to use is what we have.

--Basil Walsh


[Yes, Virginia, these are on a timer that releases them at 12:01am on the appointed morning.  Ain’t Outlook grand!]



We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.

--Jim Rohn


Those of you who took yesterday’s “clock building” literally may want to check out Longitude.



Imagine you met a remarkable person who could look at the sun or stars at any time of day or night and state the exact time and date: “It’s April 23, 1401, 2:36AM and 12 seconds.”  This person would be an amazing time teller, and we’d probably revere that person for the ability to tell time.  But wouldn’t that person be even more amazing if, instead of telling the time, he or she built a clock that could tell the time forever, even after he or she was dead and gone.


Having a great idea or being a charismatic visionary leader is “time telling,” building a company that can prosper far beyond the presence of any single leader and through multiple product life cycles is “clock building.”

-- James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras, Chapter 2: “Clock Building, Not Time Telling”, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies


Yes, great leaders are clock builders, not time tellers.  Who is your favorite time teller?  Why?  The winning answer will win a free subscription to Carl’s Quote of the Day!


Just to clarify: last Friday’s quote was in no way intended to be demeaning to USA Today.  I would not demean a paper with a web site that continues to list as a hot site under “Say What?” (


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USA Today has come out with a new survey -- apparently three out of every four people make up 75% of the population.

--David Letterman


Obviously USA Today does not use the PC Magazine Editors’ Choice Survey software – SurveySolutions from with survey solutions from free to enterprise.



I've sometimes said that while I might not be the brightest bulb in the chandelier, over the years I've always thought I was pretty good at getting most of the bulbs to light up.

--Jack Welch, Jack: Straight from the Gut


This really reminds me of a James Collins and Jerry Porras’ notion in Built to Last.  I’ll dig that one out for next week.



At INJOY, our leadership team includes directing leaders, team-building leaders, strategic leaders and operational leaders. I am in tune with and enjoy the ones who are just like me the most. But the ones who help me the most are the ones who are not like me.

--John C. Maxwell, Leadership Wired v5i5



Management is about coping with complexity.  Leadership, by contrast, is about coping with change.

--John P. Kotter, quoted in Harvard Business Review 12/01


…and house hunting is about coping with complex change!  But we bought a house after 4 marathon days.  In 2 to 4 months we’ll be moving to warmer hotter climes.




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Chance favors the prepared mind.

--Louis Pasteur


Where do these quotes come from?  Most of them I find while reading, but some are in one of several quote programs I use.  My favorite is Correct Quotes (by WordStar, copyright 1992).  I’ve owned it since it first was released and have run it on Windows 3.1 right through to Windows XP.  It never got past version 1.0, and WordStar is long gone now.  But I still use it to store the quotes I find.  Another good one is the free (well, actually donation-ware) Your Ultimate Success Quotation Library (  Then there’s Microsoft Encarta, but that’s a topic for another day.


There will be no Quote of the Day on May 3 or 6, while we go house hunting.


In what has become typical of my life’s timing, Wednesday morning’s email brought a newsletter linking to an interview with Randy Alcorn, author of yesterday’s quote:  I’ve read all of his fiction books, except the newest, and none of his non-fiction.  Anyway, if you’re curious about the guy you can follow the link while quote of the day is on hiatus for a couple days.



That's what he loved about sports.  Great passion without real consequence.

--Randy Alcorn, Dominion


Maybe this is why I love baseball season.


Randy Alcorn’s book Dominion is a mystery novel with a Christian message, and subplots involving race relations and, of course, baseball.



He who laughs, lasts.

--John Powell


This is me, where “lasts” is not in terms of “retains employment,” but “retains sanity.”  Or neither.



The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

--Sally Berger


My favorite utility program is freeware that lets you put virtual sticky notes on your desktop:

I frequently have several quotes “stuck” on my desktop.  And in fact today, it is completely covered!


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Aligning Rewards with Measurements


You have to get this one right.


One time, I was surprised to see a great fourth quarter revenue line and no income to go with it. I asked, "What the hell happened here?"


"Well, we had a fourth quarter sales contest and everyone did a great job!"


"Where's the margin?"

"We didn't ask for margin."


That's the simplest example of a universal problem: What you measure is what you get - what you reward is what you get. Static measurements get stale. Market conditions change, new businesses develop, new competitors show up. I always pounded home the question "Are we measuring and rewarding the specific behavior we want?"


By not aligning measurements and rewards, you often get what you're not looking for.


--Jack Welch, Jack: Straight from the Gut


I’ve been studying Jack Welch lately.  This week I realized Invensys aspired to be GE, making the study more interesting.



The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.

--Henry Kissinger


I never thought that someone would want to actually opt in to this mailing list, but then this exchange:


Subscriber: You should start your own list so that people can sign on -- I'd forward these occasionally to people and maybe they would want to sign on.  It's very easy to setup your own mailing list, and in this case you would make it so only the moderator could post.


Me: YahooGroups already has 1,596 quote groups!


Subscriber: Because it’s such a good idea. :-)  I'm managed lists manually, and it’s a pain.  Come on -- you've had three quotes in a row I want to e-mail people.


Me: But…


Subscriber: You really have the best quotes out there.  I implore you to share your fine taste with the fettered masses on the Internet.


OK, I’ll share, but I’ll manage the list manually for now rather than have Yahoo insert advertising in the emails.  After all, there are only seven of you today!  See the new fine print below.



Work like you don't need the money.

Love like you've never been hurt.

Dance like nobody's watching.

--Satchel Paige


Satchel was a Negro League baseball pitcher before the major leagues were integrated.  He played briefly with the Cleveland Indians while he said he was in his 40’s – most people thought he was older!  One of his books Satchel Sez is on my Amazon wishlist.



Technical skill is mastery of complexity

while creativity is mastery of simplicity.

--E. C. Zeeman



The rationale for the program [Work-outs, a program to take unnecessary work out of the system] could be summed up by the comment of a middle-aged appliance worker: "For 25 years," he said, "you've paid for my hands when you could have had my brain as well - for nothing."

--Jack Welch, Jack: Straight from the Gut


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04/19/02 EXTRA

There was a computer salesman, a real smooth black cat, showing a video on the screen, called "The sights and sounds of hell."  Well, it showed this handsome man and beautiful woman dancing and drinking and having fun, partying together, havin' a great old time.  The man watchin' the video thinks this is pretty cool, and he just goes right on livin' like hell.  But then he dies and he ends up going to hell, and it's horrible and miserable, with no relief.  And then he asks the devil, "Hey, where's all the fun?"  Then the devil gives him this sly smile and says, "Oh, you must have seen our demo."

--Randy Alcorn, Dominion



The best way to predict the future is to create it.

--Peter F. Drucker



Only satisfied customers can give people job security.  Not companies.

--Jack Welch, Jack: Straight from the Gut


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Footprints in the sands of time are not made by sitting down.

--Dove Promises (chocolate candy wrapper)



We judge others by their behavior.

We judge ourselves by our intentions.

--Ian Percy


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In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.

--Coco Channel, French fashion designer



Using yesterday's technology to solve today's problems - tomorrow.

--email to (as quoted in Working Wounded by Bob Rosner)


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