Quotes

Rebel thoughts

  • One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you/kept shouting/their bad advice. Mary Oliver
  • Great climbers are motivated by the climb, not the view. @ValaAfshar:
  • The constant danger for @rebelsatwork is balancing on the line dividing skepticism from cynicism.
  • Bureaucracies create rules the way way urban freeways create traffic jams.
  • Being drunk with bureaucratic power is a particularly bad drunk.
  • The greatest calling for @rebelsatwork is to help organizations evolve from protectors of accepted orthodoxy to discoverers/promoters of new ideas.
  • “They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.” Confucius
  • There is a conspiracy in this world to preserve mediocrity. Most people don’t know they are co-conspirators.
  • “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” Emerson
  • You can’t expect creativity and problem solving if you reward compliant behavior.
  • All commitments are voluntary.
  • Those that choose to fit in should expect to avoid criticism (and be ignored). Those what stand out should expect neither. Seth Godin
  • Control begets compliance, complacency and complaining.
  • Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
  • When your horse dies, get off.
  • “Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” Muhammad Ali
  • “The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.” Educational philosopher Robert Hutchins. (Ditto on death of companies.)
  • Rebels at work want to rock the boat but they don’t want to fall out. (or get thrown overboard.)
  • Leadership is a long journey into your own soul.  Jeff Immelt
  • All commitments are voluntary.
  • Taking any action is better than over-planning. David Kelley
  • The knowers and seers always live on the outskirts of the village. Always. Patti Digh
  • Sometimes you have to play a long time to play like yourself.” Miles Davis
  • No one is smart enough not to need rebels at work.
  • A bureaucrat is  someone whose greatest fear is disagreement. Carmen Medina
  • A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
  • “Tomorrow’s management systems will need to value diversity, dissent and divergence as highly as conformance, consensus and cohesion.” Gary Hamel
  • Without dissent, there is little discovery.
  • “My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems. Give me work.” Sherlock Holmes
  • Without grit there is no pearl.
  • Curiosity s the lust of the mind.” Thomas Hobbes
  • “There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen
  • All you need to know about a person is whether the define themselves in terms of their fears of their opportunities.
  • You can have everything you want if you help others get what they want.
  • Rebels are not afraid to have the real conversation.
  • Curiosity is the engine of research and development.
  • The answers you get depend on the questions you ask.
  • A blessing shouted too early in the morn is heard by the neighbors as a curse.
  • Audacious missions prompt stronger passions.
  • Frequent rebel trap: over-promising good things that change initiative will deliver to gain approval of skeptical execs.
  • Worst case scenario: rebels have to be steeled to handle being misunderstood and in dire circumstances Persecuted.
  • Rebels have an uncontrollable curiosity. When we ask questions we’re not judging as much as trying to understand.
  • Most rebels love the organization just as much as Status Quo defenders. We’re just the tough love people.
  • Rebels are the ones who chip away at the wall (of Wrong Turns & Dead Ends) long before anyone else even knows it exists.