What defines you?


“Like anyone else, a lot of what I do and how I think has been shaped by my family and my overall life experiences. Many who know me say I am also defined by my curiosity and thirst for learning. I buy more books than I can finish. I sign up for more online courses than I can complete. I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things. So family, curiosity and hunger for knowledge all define me.”


-- By ‘Satya Nadella’ in his first letter to employees of Microsoft after he become it’s CEO on 04 February 2014

Thrusting our own low roof between us and the sky.........

“I hardly know an intellectual man, even, who is so broad and truly liberal that you can think aloud in his society. Most with whom you endeavor to talk soon come to a stand against some institution in which they appear to hold stock,—that is, some particular, not universal, way of viewing things. They will continually thrust their own low roof, with its narrow skylight, between you and the sky, when it is the unobstructed heavens you would view. Get out of the way with your cobwebs, wash your windows, I say!”

-- By "Henry David Thoreau", 19th Century American philosopher

100 percent or 98 percent?



“It’s easier to hold to your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold to them 98% of the time. If you give in to “just this once,” based on a marginal cost analysis, as some of my former classmates have done, you’ll regret where you end up. You’ve got to define for yourself what you stand for and draw the line in a safe place.”

-- by ‘Clayton M. Christensen’, the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, in his book “How Will You Measure Your Life?



Appreciating our leadership!!!



“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.

-- by Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid leader and President of South Africa during 1994 - 1999


How selfish soever man may be.........


 

"How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it."

-- By 'Adam Smith' an Eighteenth century economist in "The Theory Of Moral Sentiments"

No end to the adventures?


"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open."

-- By 'Jawaharlal Nehru' the first Prime Pinister of India during 1947 - 1964


A sense of meaning ?



“...[D]ivision of labor, in my mind, is one of the dangers of work-based technology. Modern IT infrastructure allows us to break projects into very small, discrete parts and assign each person to do only one of the many parts. In so doing, companies run the risk of taking away employees' sense of the big picture, purpose, and sense of completion.... If companies really want their workers to produce, they should try to impart a sense of meaning - not just through vision statements but by allowing employees to feel a sense of completion and ensuring that a job well done is acknowledged.”

-- By 'Dan Ariely'  an Israeli American professor teaching at Duke University, in "The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home" 



The great instrument of moral good


"A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own. The great instrument of moral good is the imagination."

-- By 'Percy Bysshe Shelley',  Nineteenth-Century English poet in "A Defense of Poetry"

Reaching heights....


"The heights by great men reached and kept
      Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
      Were toiling upward in the night."

-- By  'Henry Wadsworth Longfellow', Nineteenth-Century American poet and educator  in  "The Ladder of St. Augustine"