Working Wounded: Words to the Wise

I'm Bob and I've got a confession to make; I'm a quote junkie. I'll list some of my favorites and I'd encourage you to participate in our weekly contest and e-mail me yours.

"So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work." Peter Drucker

"A company is stronger if it is bound by love rather than by fear." Herb Kelleher, former CEO of Southwest Airlines

"The rate of unemployment is 100 percent if it's you who is unemployed." David Kurtz

"I am convinced that if the rate of change within an organization is less than the rate of change outside, the end is near." Jack Welch, former CEO, General Electric

Some Advice for Management

"The employer generally gets the employee he deserves." Sir Walter Gilbey

"Suffer fools gladly. They may be right." Holbrook Jackson

"Whom the gods want to destroy they send 40 years of success." Old proverb

"A man's gotta make at least one bet a day, else he could be walking around lucky and never know it." Jimmy Jones, horse trainer

"One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody." Mother Teresa

"An important obstacle is the supposition that improvement in quality and productivity is accomplished suddenly by affirmation of faith." W. Edwards Deming

The Semblance of Sanity

"There cannot be a crisis next week, my schedule is already full." Henry Kissinger

"Business schools train people to sit in their offices and look for case studies. The more Harvard succeeds, the more business fails." Henry Mintzberg

"Read more novels and fewer business books." Tom Peters

"Hitting people over the head isn't leadership, it's assault." Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Few great men could pass personnel." Paul Goodman

"Anyone who says businessmen deal in facts, not fiction, has never read five-year projections." Malcolm Forbes

"If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman." Margaret Thatcher

"I go to bed happy at night knowing that hair is growing on the faces of billions of males and on woman's legs around the world while I sleep. It's more fun than counting sheep." Warren Buffett, owner of Gillette stock

That Infamous Burst Bubble

"The Internet is a solution looking for a problem." Bill Towler

"Does he have 17 years of experience or one year of experience 17 times?" Paul Wiesenfeld

"Every crowd has a silver lining." P.T. Barnum

"When elephants fight, only the grass gets hurt." Swahili proverb

"It's not what you don't know that hurts you, it's what you think that just ain't so." Satchel Paige

"It is not the critic who counts, the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena. Who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short time and time again; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. His place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." Theodore Roosevelt

"A fool who persists in his folly becomes wise." George Bernard Shaw

Online Ballot and Contest

Here are the results from a recent online ballot: What color is your parachute when it comes to looking for a job?

Black (I feel like I'll never get a job) — 7.7 percent. Yellow (I get scared) — 13.1 percent. Blue (I get depressed) — 25.7 percent. Green (it's only a matter of time before I'm hired) — 53.2 percent.

Winning Strategy

Our winning strategy for job hunting in difficult times comes from Sarah R. in Norman, Okla. "While you are waiting for job interviews and jobs to materialize, live life! Take care of your health and your relationships with family and friends. Perseverance, of course, is key to job hunting in both turbulent and calm times. While you must get up each day and have a plan for the job hunt, perseverance is easier if you keep a positive attitude and maintain a balance in your life. Give yourself permission to have some fun and enjoyment. Go through the motions of living life, even if you don't feel like it."

List of the Week

Bob Rosner is the author of the business best seller, The Boss's Survival Guide (McGraw Hill, 2001), a speaker, and founder of the award-winning & E-mail him at publishes a new Working Wounded column every Friday.