Provoking Thought

Why are quotes used so often when trying to explain something? Quotes are succinct. Quotes, from people who understand the topic, take a complex idea and boil it down to the core. They provide simplicity and are thought provoking. Here are a few of my favorites that are relevant to continuous improvement. Next time (in two weeks) I will be discussing value stream thinking, a strategic CI concept that also provokes thought.

“It is not necessary to change, survival is not mandatory.” Peter Drucker

“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than trying to solve them.” Henry Ford

“Formula for disaster: If you Should, and you Could, but you Don’t.” Jim Rohn

“If I had an hour to solve a problem, I would spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.” Albert Einstein

“The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize.” Shigeo Shingo

“The future depends on what you do today.” Mahatma Gandhi

“Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change.” Tom Peters

“If you only do things where you know the answer in advance, your company goes away.” Jeff Bezos

“The key to winning is to be brilliant at the basics.” Vince Lombardi

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Bruce Lee

“You don’t build a business – you build people, and then people will build your business.” Zig Ziglar

“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” Jim Rohn

“CI is about engaging people’s head, heart and hands in creating their own future and actively shaping the legacy of the business every day.” Bob Chapman

“We have a strategic plan, it’s called doing things.” Herb Kelleher

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