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When too much harm is done to society, the law rushes in to fill the void. Harm based on corporate decisions and actions -->Ethics sets a higher standard --> Laws created or modified --> Ethics sets an even higher standard
-Business Ethics Professor, Loyola University Chicago (Ranked #1 in Ethics for Undergraduate business specialties in 2009 by businessweek)
Q:"Every one has a price" How true is this statement? Do you believe in it?
A single exception destroys the hypothesis. There are renunciates, ascetics and people of similar bent who have removed themselves from the stream of commerce and hold to an ideal even in the face of death.
-Lawrence Gelber, Owner, Lawrence R. Gelber, Attorney at Law

Kant spent his silent decade working on a solution to the problem mentioned above. Although fond of company and conversation with others, Kant isolated himself. He resisted friends' attempts to bring him out of his isolation. In 1778, in response to one of these offers by a former pupil, Kant wrote:
Any change makes me apprehensive, even if it offers the greatest promise of improving my condition, and I am persuaded by this natural instinct of mine that I must take heed if I wish that the threads which the Fates spin so thin and weak in my case to be spun to any length. My great thanks, to my well-wishers and friends, who think so kindly of me as to undertake my welfare, but at the same time a most humble request to protect me in my current condition from any disturbance.
-Immanuel Kant, German Philosopher

Never before in our history has there been a greater need for men of integrity and courage in the public service. Never before in our history has there been a greater need for the people to take up willingly the responsibility of free government. Certainly you as educated Catholics are committed to bear your share of the burden, for the philosophy that you have been taught here at Boston College is needed in the solution of the problems we face. As graduates of the Jesuit Ivy, facing war and peace, with the fate of Western civilization hanging in the balance, the somber question indeed of the survival of our Faith and country at stake, each man among you can afford to answer that call to service.
-Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy at the Boston College commencement exercises in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts on 26 June 1956

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
-Thomas Jefferson
Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one.
-John Lennon
Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.
-John F. Kennedy
In the deepest hour of the night, confess to yourself that you would die if you were forbidden to wright. And look deep into your heart where it spreads its roots, the answer, and ask yourself, must I write?
-Rainer Maria Rilke, quoted by Lady Gaga
Strategy means making clear-cut choices about how to compete.
-Jack Welch, Former CEO, General Electric

A strategy is a commitment to undertake one set of actions rather than another.
-Sharon Oster, Professor, Yale University 

Peace is not mearly a distant goal we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
-Martin Luther King Jr.
The process of developing superior strategies is part planning, part trail and error, until you hit upon something that works.
- Costas Markides, Professor, London Business School

Without a strategy the organization is like a ship without a rudder.
- Joel Ross and Michael Kami, Authors and Consultants

As leaders "we must become the change we  want to see"
-Mahatma Gandhi

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
- James D. Miles

 Unless we change our direction we are likely  to end up where we are headed.
-Ancient Chinese proverb

If we can know where we are and something about how we got there, we might see where we are trending- and if the outcomes which lie naturally in our course are unacceptable, to make timely change.
-Abraham Lincoln

If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there.
-The Koran

Management's job is not to see the company as it is... but as it can become.
-John W. Teets, Former CEO

I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them.
-Benedict Spinoza, A Political Teatise, 1677

Analysis is the critical starting point of strategic thinking.
-Kenichi Ohmae, Consultant and Author
Things are always different-the art is figuring out which differences matter.
-Laszlo Birinyi, Investments Manager
Competitive battles should be seen not as one-shot skirmishes but as a dynamic multi round game of moves and counter moves.
-Anil K. Gupta, Professor

Before executives can chart a new strategy, they must reach common understanding of the company's current position.
-W. Chan Kim and Rene Mauborgne
We know that leadership is very much related to change. As the pace of change accelerates, there is naturally a greater need for effective leadership.
-John Kotter
The real question isn't how well you're doing today against your own history, but how you're doing against your competitors.
-Donald Kress
Organizations succeed in a competitive marketplace over the long run because they can do certain things their customers value and better than their competitors.
-Robert Hayes, Gary Pisano, and David Upton
Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
-Lau Tzu
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
-Harriet Tubman
No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
-Helen Keller
Only firms who are able to continually build new strategic assets faster and cheaper than their competitors will earn superior returns over the long term.
-C.C. Markides and P.J. Williamson
Competitive strategy is about being different. It means deliberately choosing to perform activities differently or to perform different activities than rivals to deliver a unique mix of value.
-Michael E. Porter
Strategy. . . is about first analyzing and then experimenting, trying, learning, and experimenting some more.
-Ian C. McMillian and Rita Gunther McGrath
Winners in business play rough and don't apologize for it. The nicest part of playing hardball is watching your competitors squirm.
-George Stalk Jr. and Rob Lachenauer
The essence of strategy lies in creating tomorrow's competitive advantages faster than competitors mimic the ones you possess today.
-Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad

Don't form an alliance to correct a weakness and don't ally with a partner that is trying to correct a weakness of its own. The only result from a marriage of weaknesses is the creation of even more weaknesses.
-Michel Robert
Strategies for taking the hill won't necessarily hold it.
-Amar Bhide
The sure path to oblivion is to stay where you are.
-Bernard Fauber
Successful business strategy is about actively shaping the game you play, not just playing the game you find.
-Adam M. Brandenburger and Barry J. Nalebuff
You have no choice but to operate in a world shaped by globalization and the information revolution. There are two options: Adapt or die.
-Andrew S. Grove, Former Chairman, Intel Corporation

You do not choose to become global. The market chooses for you; it forces your hand.
-Alain Gomez, CEO, Thomson SA
[I]ndustries actually vary a great deal in the pressures they put on a company to sell internationally.
-Niraj Dawar and Tony Frost, Professors, Richard Ivey School of Business
Strategy is all about combining choices of what to do and what not to do into a system that creates the requisite fit between what the environment needs and what the company does.
-Costas Markides
Competing in the marketplace is like war. You have injuries and casualties, and the best strategy wins.
-John Collins
It is much better to make your own products obsolete than allow a competitor to do it.
-Michael A. Cusamano and Richard W. Selby
In a turbulent age, the only dependable advantage is reinventing your business model before circumstances force you to.
-Gary Hamel and Liisa Valikangas
To acquire or not to acquire: that is the question.
-Robert J. Terry
Fit between a parent and its businesses is a two-edged sword: a good fit can create value; a bad one can destroy it.
-Andrew Campbell, Michael Goold, and Marcus Alexander
Achieving superior performance through diversification is largely based on relatedness.
-Philippe Very
Make winners out of every business in your company. Don't carry losers.
-Jack Welch, Former CEO, General Electric
We measure each of our businesses against strict criteria: growth, margin, and return-on-capital hurdle rate, and does it have the ability to become number one or two in its industry? We are quite pragmatic. If a business does not contribute to our overall vision, it has to go.
-Richard Wambold, CEO, Pactiv
When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom profit that loses.
-Shirley Chisholm, Former Congresswoman
But I'd shut my eyes in the sentry box so I didn't see nothing wrong.
-Rudyard Kipling, Author
Values can't just be words on a page. To be effective, they must shape action.
-Jeffrey R. Immelt, CEO, General Electric
Leaders must be more than individuals of high character. They must "lead" others to behave ethically.
-Linda K. Trevino and Michael E. Brown, Professors
Integrity violations are no-brainers. In such cases, you don't need to hesitate for a moment before firing someone or fret about it either. Just do it, and make sure the organization knows why, so that the consequences of breaking the rules are not lost on anyone.
-Jack Welch, Former CEO, General Electric
There is one and only one social responsibility of business- to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say engages in free and open competition, without deception or fraud.
-Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist
Corporations are economic entities, to be sure, but they are also social institutions that must justify their existence by their overall contribution to society.
-Henry Mintzberg, Robert Simons, and Kunal Basu, Professors
The best game plan in the world never blocked or tackled anybody.
-Vince Lombardi, Hall of Fame football coach
Strategies most often fail because they aren't executed well.
-Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan, CEO Honeywell International; author and consultant
A second-rate strategy perfectly executed will beat a first-rate strategy poorly executed every time.
-Richard M. Kovacevich, Chairman and CEO, Wells Fargo
Any strategy, however brilliant, needs to be implemented properly if it is to deliver the desired results.
-Costas Markides, Professor
Most people see things as they are and ask why... i dream things as they could be and i ask why not.
-George Bernard Shaw
The best soildier does not attack. The superior fighter succeeds without violence. The greatest conqueror wins without struggle. The most successful manager leads without dictating. This is intelligent non aggressiveness.
-Lao Tse
Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.
-Buddha (560-483 B.C.)
People are not your most important asset. The right people are.
-Jim Collins, Professor and Author
Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.
-A.A. Milne, Author
Winning companies know how to do their work better.
-Michael Hammer and James Champy
Companies that make best practices a priority are thriving, thirsty, learning organizations. They believe that everyone should always be searching for a better way. Those kinds of companies are filled with energy and curiosity and a spirit of can-do.
-Jack Welch, Former CEO, General Electric
If you want people motivated to do a good job, give them a good job to do.
-Frederick Herzberg
You ought to pay big bonuses for premier performance. . . . Be a top payer, not in the middle or low end of the pack.
-Lawrence Bossidy, CEO, Honeywell International
The biggest levers you've got to change a company are strategy, structure, and culture, If I could pick two, I'd pick strategy and culture.
-Wayne Leonard, CEO, Entergy
An organization's capacity to execute its strategy depends on its "hard" infrastructure-its organizational structure and systems-and on its culture and norms.
-Amar Bhide
Weak leadership can wreck the soundest strategy; forceful execution of even a poor plan can often bring victory.
-Sun Zi
Leadership is accomplishing something through other people that wouldn't have happened if you weren't there. . . Leadership is being able to mobilize ideas and values that energize other people. . . . Leaders develop a story line that engages other people.
-Noel Tichy
Seeing people in person is a big part of how you drive any change process. You have to show people a positive view of the future and say "we can do it"
-Jeffrey R. Immelt, CEO, General Electric
Man does not live by bread alone. I have known millionaires starving for lack of the nutriment which alone can sustain all that is human in man, and I know workmen, and many so-called poor men, who revel in luxuries beyond the power of those millionaires to reach. It is the mind that makes the body rich. There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else.  Money can only be the useful drudge of things immeasurably higher than itself. Exalted beyond this, as it sometimes is, it remains Caliban still and still plays the beast. My aspirations take a higher flight. Mine be it to have contributed to the enlightenment and the joys of the mind, to the things of the spirit, to all that tends to bring into the lives of the toilers of Pittsburgh sweetness and light. I hold this the noblest possible use of wealth.
-Andrew Carnegie, Philanthropist, 2nd richest man in history.

It's not enough anymore for business to merely obey the law and consider that a statement of ethics and integrity. The law is the "low bar" that businesses must dramatically exceed to make a real mark.
-Jeffery R. Immelt, CEO, General Electric

In business you must give something back.
-Donald Trump

Good Ethics is Good Business
-CEO, Lockheed Martin

It takes a lifetime to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.
-Warren Buffett

This is the first time in the history of business that you can be great at what you're doing today and be out of business tomorrow because of ethical lapses.
-Ken Blanchard, Famous management consultant

Thou shall tolerate those who tolerate others.
-Jeff Witkus, CEO, Phi Asset Managers

A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath him or her.
-Henry R. Kravis (born January 6, 1944) is an American business financier and investor, notable for co-founding and heading a leading private equity firm, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts &Co.(KKR)

 Remember there is something unique about information! We don't all get it at the same time.
-Rick Santelli legendary market observer in Chicago 

A Bull just stands there & guards it's shit.
-Janice Irsik, Mom, Happy Mother's Day 2017