“There’s a tendency in our business, as in all businesses, to value the idea as opposed to the person or a team of people. But that’s not accurate. Give a good idea to a mediocre team, and they’ll find a way to screw it up. Give a mediocre idea to a good team, and they’ll find a way to make it better. The goal needs to be to get the team right, get them moving in the right direction, and get them to see where they are making mistakes and where they are succeeding.”

Ed Catmull – Former President of Walt Disney and Pixar

“Start treating teams, not individuals, as the fundamental building blocks of the organization.”

Adam Grant – Professor of organizational psychology at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

“Your title makes you a manager. Your people make you a leader.”

Donna Dubinsky

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

Alvin Tofler

“That’s your responsibility as a person, as a human being – to constantly be updating your positions on as many things as possible. And if you don’t contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you’re not thinking.”

Malcolm Gladwell

“The thing to do, when you don’t know, is not to bluff and not to freeze, but to learn. The way you learn is by experiment—or, as Buckminster Fuller put it, by trial and error, error, error.”

Donella H. Meadows, Diana Wright – Thinking in Systems: A Primer

“Many of the other skills of management can be delegated, but not coaching. The path to success in a fast-moving, highly competitive, technology-driven business world is to form high-performing teams and give them the resources and freedom to do great things. And an essential component of high-performing teams is a leader who is both a savvy manager and a caring coach.”

Eric Schmidt (former Google CEO) – Trillion Dollar Coach

“You have priorities, whether you name them or not. If you want to grow, you’d better name them, and you’d better name the behaviors that support the priorities.”

Daniel Coyle – The Culture Code

“If you take risks and face your fate with dignity, there is nothing you can do that makes you small; if you don’t take risks, there is nothing you can do that makes you grand, nothing.”

Nassim Taleb

“People with humility don’t think less of themselves – they think about themselves less.”

Ken Blanchard

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

Ernest Hemingway

“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.”

Gen. Colin Powell

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

John Quincy Adams

“We hope that you are thinking about how to make your team great, and how you can propel yourself to be great, to go beyond your self-imposed limits. Because the world faces many challenges and they can only be solved by teams. Those teams need coaches.”

Eric Schmidt (former Google CEO) – Trillion Dollar Coach

“”When we talk about courage, we think it’s going against an enemy with a machine gun,” Cooper says. “The real courage is seeing the truth and speaking the truth to each other. People never want to be the person who says, ‘Wait a second, what’s really going on here?’ But inside the squadron, that is the culture, and that’s why we’re successful.”

Daniel Coyle – The Culture Code

“It has always bothered me how even ordinary conversations tend to be defined by what we tell rather than by what we ask. Questions are taken for granted rather than given a starring role in the human drama. Yet all my teaching and consulting experience has taught me that what builds a relationship, what solves problems, what moves things forward is asking the right questions. In particular, it is the higher-ranking leaders who must learn the art of Humble Inquiry as a first step in creating a climate of openness.”

Edgar H. Schein – Humble Inquiry