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When one rides a tiger, it is difficult to dismount. For the leaders of China's 1.3 billion people, the import is clear. Stay on the tiger's back, issue commands, and hope like hell the beast does not turn on you.
The communists' power is not in imminent danger, but their legitimacy is.
We all start out as apprentices. We become journeymen, and we all strive to become master craftsmen.
Jefferson's wisdom: "It is more honorable to repair a wrong than to persist in it."
The sword gets dull and the shield get a few holes in it. And you start to think that maybe it's time for someone else to try.
The two aren't supposed to collude, but it's obvious that the Chinese walls between them come with ladders.
The political party is going to need all wings flapping to pull this one off.
The nation needs incremental progress, not magnificent failure.
Too many bankers who think they're well-dressed are actually walking around naked.
Persuading lost customers to return to the fold is a bit like trying to win back a girlfriend: Occasionally it works, more often it ends in heartbreak.
When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives - the importance of networking
People often claim to hunger for truth but seldom like the taste when it's served up - Tell people what they want to hear.
Always phrase your own ideas as if someone else has said them. "It's like John was saying ... (YOUR IDEA)" or "Building on Brian's thought ... (YOUR IDEA)" or "Carolyn was on to something with ... (YOUR IDEA)." Phrase your rejection of other people's ideas in the form of baffling rhetorical questions: "Do you think if we did that it would fight the theme we've set up, or does that initiate a new paradigm?"
Ashkenas adds that whether you choose an email - as Yahoo! did in February, informing employees they'd no longer be allowed to work from home - or a video, the need to reach such a wide audience almost guarantees it will feel impersonal. "It's OK to put sand in the oyster shell," he says, "but you have to make sure it turns into a pearl."
When you touch one place in a spider web, it all moves".
Although Booz Allen and the rest of the shadow intelligence community arose as stopgap solutions - meant to buy time as shrunken, post-Cold War agencies tried to rebuild after Sept. 1 - they've become the vine that supports the wall.
"Formalism, bureaucracy, hedonism, and extravagance," are "undesirable work styles," that are "harmful, stubborn in nature, and prone to relapse," Xi warned the Hebei party secretary and other assembled provincial cades. "Party members and officials should be taught to look in the mirror, straighten their attire, take a path, and seek remedies," Xi said.
We have a little bit of a Chicken Little situation, where we've screamed so many times the sky is falling that nobody believes it this time.
In consulting, you are always a few steps removed from the end product and decisions. I'm seeking to be an operator and make an impact.
It’s time to move on. If we have time, we’ll return to this subject later.
In the interest of time, I think we’d better get back to the subject at hand.
I’ll let you go. Thank you very much for …
Let me close by thanking you all for …
Thank you for clarification.
Thank you for your patience.
How to turn an angry employee into a satisfied one?
Tell him/her I can sure understand how he feels.
Ask him/her what he wants me to do about the complaint?