Top Values and Skills

My Top Picks

  • Honesty/Integrity
  • Resourcefulness
  • Perseverance/Stamina
  • Responsibility
  • Motivation

Wisdom Inc: 26 Business Virtues That Turn Ordinary People Into Extraordinary Leaders” Book

  • Attention to Detail
  • Balanced Lifestyle
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Drive
  • Efficacy
  • Ethics
  • Fearlessness
  • Focus
  • Goals
  • Grace Under Pressure
  • Hard Work
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Intelligence
  • Leadership
  • Loyalty
  • Persistence
  • Resourcefulness
  • Responsibility
  • Self-Motivation
  • Sense of Humor
  • Sense of Ownership
  • Strategy
  • Teamwork
  • Vision

Some Favorite Quotes from the Book, Wisdom, Inc. :

A white tablecloth with one tiny ink spot on it is more than 99 percent clean. But every person who sees it will remember the stain, not the rest of the cloth.” – Wisdom, Inc.

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important” – Sherlock Holmes, – Wisdom, Inc.

“Mother used to tell me “if I didn’t use my head I’d use my feet.” An organized person not only is able to work effectively but respects the time of others-both superiors and subordinates. Most people appreciate such consideration.” – Tom Qualey Jr. – Wisdom, Inc.

“Fearless, more so than visionary. Many have the ability to look at events and trends and describe a future state. However, few are willing to take the risks of acting on that vision unless the current state is bad. To reform or change tactics when things are working, based on your vision of the future, requires courage. – Andrew Powell, – Wisdom, Inc.

“Mountain climbers, undercover espionage agents, and race car drivers don’t daydream very often. Something about risking death focuses these daredevils on the essentials of the present.” – Wisdom, Inc.

“ABCDEFG…ABCDEFGHIJ…Imagine how much harder it would be for a toddler to master the alphabet if, after every mistake, he started over from the beginning. Goals provide a way to deal with minor setbacks by keeping our eyes on the ultimate destination.” – Wisdom, Inc.

“Tom Pavela often arrives at Apple Computer long before anyone else, so he can get serious work done in the quiet morning hours. He points out that staying late implies that you couldn’t finish all your work during the day, while coming in early means that you just want to get a jump on things.” – Wisdom, Inc.

“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” – Ann Landers, – Wisdom, Inc.

“Senior executives fall into three categories: those who make things happen; those who watch things happen; and those who wonder what happened.” – Wisdom, Inc.

“Leadership is an action, not a position.” – Wisdom, Inc.

“I have not failed. I’ve discovered one thousand ways not to build a light bulb.” – Thomas Edison, – Wisdom, Inc.

“Successful individuals assume responsibility. They have internalized President Truman’s motto: The Buck Stops Here.” – Wisdom, Inc.

“If a person is responsible, most other virtues follow.” – Diane Fountain, – Wisdom, Inc.

“Most people would rather talk to a smart person than listen to one. One of the most effective ways to demonstrate your intelligence is by keeping your mouth shut, listening carefully, and then integrating critical elements of the other person’s ideas in your own analysis.” – Wisdom, Inc. 

“Humor is a necessary business virtue because it engenders creativity, dispels anger, resentments, and hostility, reduces stress… and enables you to see yourself and your situation in the grand (and sometimes absurd) scheme of things.” – Dina Von Zweck, – Wisdom, Inc.

“If emperor penguins in Antarctica don’t work together, they die. Period. Thousands of male penguins huddle together, providing each other enough warmth to last through the most brutal subfreezing weather. They take turns walking around the outside of the huddle while those in the middle sleep. Teamwork means survival, and the selfish don’t survive.” – Wisdom, Inc.

“You must scale the mountain if you would view the plain.” – Chinese Proverb, – Wisdom, Inc. 

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