The Monday Morning Quote #425

“No is a powerful word. To me, it’s the single most powerful word in the English language.

Said clearly, strongly and with enough frequency and force, it can alter the course of history.”

Shonda Rhimes

(thanks to Michael Bungay Stanier)

The Monday Morning Quote #424

“A week is a long time in politics.”

Harold Wilson

UK Prime Minister 1964-70 & 74-76.

 

The Monday Morning Quote #423

On this day in 1964 Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment, during the Rivonia Trial Mr Mandela chose, instead of testifying, to make a speech from the dock and proceeded to hold the court spellbound for more than four hours. His speech, which was made at the beginning of the defence case, ended with the words:

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

 

Winnie Mandela, wife of African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, escorts his mother Nosekeni Fanny through a police cordon outside the court in Pretoria, South Africa, June 11, 1964, where he was a defendant in the treason trial. Mandela was found guilty on all four counts and together with six others, was sentenced to life imprisonment.

The Monday Morning Quote #422

As The British & Irish Lions start their tour of New Zealand…..

“Rugby has always been a game for all shapes and sizes.

You have the superstars and the fast guys who score the tries, but you also need the workhorses and the people who play all the other roles.

Unless they all work together as a team then it’s really going to affect the performance. Everyone’s got to rely on everyone else.”

Warren Gatland

The Monday Morning Quote #421

“Thinking is the hardest work there is,

which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”

Henry Ford

The Monday Morning Quote #420

“If we can keep our competitors focused on us while we stay focused on the customer, ultimately we’ll turn out all right.”

Jeff Bezos

 

The Monday Morning Quote #419

“Saying “no” is incredibly liberating.

Try it on and everything that is not part of your deliberately chosen work-life plan.

Saying no is hard, especially for people who have gotten ahead precisely because they have said, “yes” so often.”

Jack Welch former Chairman & CEO of GE.