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Powerful Quotes to
The Tao of Leadership
Interesting contributions on motivation and
success, training articles on soft skills and anything else you think
might be useful for personal and career success
It's amazing to see how much talent lies hidden within everyone.
The person you consider most unlikely to be talented, when you get close
and look within the person you discover a goldmine waiting to exploited.
I say this because I have come across so many people you meet up with
casually but when the person really opens up you really feel sorry for all
the notions and judgments you hold about them.
This is how we lead our lives. skimming the surface, never really
looking deep enough to discover the gold. May be our notions of our
knowledge which leads to judgments far removed from the reality. May
be this is where knowledge combined with experience creates a whole new
In this issue we look at knowledge and experience and what the ancient
work Tao Te Ching has to say about it and how we find that leaders are a
natural when it comes to experiencing, learning and sharing of knowledge
to create a markedly different community, organization, society and world.
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Powerful Quotes To Motivate
"Take time to gather up the past so that you will be able to draw from
your experiences and invest them in the future"
"Your mental energy is limited by your physical energy. How do you develop
more energy of all kinds? You start by putting your body in top physical
condition. Unless you do that, all your other activities won't help much
you'll be stuck with the mental and emotional energy that you have now."
"No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required
of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the
required, that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction."
-Charles Kendall Adams
'The majority of the people meet with failure because they lack the
persistence to create new plans to take the place of failed plans"
-Mark Victor Hansen
"You must do the thing you think you cannot do"
"Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs
in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that
drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful
conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to
them, your world will at last be built."
The Tao of leadership
The views expressed
here are only an effort to apply Tao philosophy to management and leadership
principles and not an exact translation.
Tao Te Ching said to be written by Lao Tzu
during the period of warring states in china around the second century B.C.;
a compilation of Chinese philosophy dating back to 6th century B.C. or even
earlier, is a profound philosophical work with many lessons for the corporates of
the 21st century.
There is a lot of debate on issues of what
differentiates a leader from a manager. One of the biggest challenges for
leaders is to lead and lead by example. He is less preoccupied with
control functions which is a function of knowledge and more with broader
objectives of how the future should be shaped. Future can be shaped with visions, dreams
and emotions. He also realizes that for the future to shape up well he
needs to utilize the Present to the maximum advantage. He can achieve higher ideals and aspirations only when he is
in touch with the ground realities. Experience of events and situations
and behavioral aspects
bring him closer to current realities and help discern the undercurrents of
change so that he can translate them to better solutions. The managerial
functions of organization and control have more to do with knowledge
whereas a leader thrives on futuristic vision, people centered approach, a bias
for action and in creating the future which he desires. All this emanates from the
Let us now look at the leadership paradigm
from the what Tao Te Ching has to say about knowledge and experience.
Knowledge & Experience: Tao is
the way. The way in which we conduct our lives in accordance with the
natural principles conducive to right living and thinking, without regrets and
in such a manner that we develop and realize our potential without harming others
or preventing others from realizing their potential which is beneficial to the
society. Such a way of life may be conducted without a name. This may
simply be called the way. Or to distinguish from other ways we may
describe it and give it a name so that others may know of it.
By thoughts and words and by means of being non
participating observers we may gain knowledge of its manifestation. But
only through participation in this way do we gain experience of it for
So knowledge is not the same as experience.
When we have knowledge of something, we can describe only our knowledge and not
the experience. And when we have experience, we can describe the knowledge
of that experience and not the experience itself.
Let us look at an illustration. We
observe the marketplace and we see the manifestation of market place. Then
we have reports from our sales people which is the knowledge from the
experience. So we now have the knowledge. But it is not equal to the
experience of the marketplace. So we go down physically to the marketplace
and buy or sell products or interact with the many components of the market. We now have the experience.
With the experience comes right decisions and actions. But we cannot
still convey the experience itself, only the knowledge of the experience may be
Knowledge and experience both are real.
But they are different realities which may cause complexities. When they
are used according to that which may be appropriate we may transcend the
barriers of such complexities.
This perhaps explains why many of the leaders
are men who have risen from the ranks. Even if they have not risen from
the bottom you may easily identify them by their hands on nature and leading
from the front. Hands on men who have the knowledge, knowledge of
experience and experience itself. Leaders who understand the complex
reality of the manifestation, knowledge and experience prefer to lead from the
front and not from sterile cabins far removed from the experience itself.
These are the leaders you cannot keep away from the marketplace or their people
or their constituents or customers. These are the men who instinctively understand the "Tao"
of leadership - The Way.
This is not to say being hands on and lead from the front
is the only leadership criteria. This is
one of the distinguishing qualities of leadership.
It is said that the greatest leader of all time Alexander The Great always lead
every battle from the front when the battle began and only then did he move on to other roles.
What would you prefer to be. An
acquirer of knowledge or a leader.
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Growing old is mandatory,
growing up is optional.
Don't sneeze when someone is
cutting your hair.
If your sister hits you,
don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
Laughing is a good exercise.
It is like jogging on the inside.
If it is stupid and works, It
For every action there is
equal and opposite criticism.
There is always a way and it
usually doesn't work.
Success occurs when no one is
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