I recently came across a compilation of leadership quotes compiled by author Brian Dodd, entitled “The Top 75 Leadership Quotes Of 2021.” Here are a few that really caught my eye:
"We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn." - Peter Drucker at age 94
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." - Thomas Edison
“People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.” - F. M. Alexander
"This is an extraordinary time, and I believe that it will result in an extraordinary generation. You will see the world differently than your predecessors. You have been forced, sooner than most people, to consider what in life is truly important.” - Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell
“This is the classic story of the business world. The very same thing that appears to make a company so formidable – its size, its resources – serve as stumbling blocks when they're forced to respond to a situation where the rules are changing, and where nimbleness and flexibility and adaptability are better attributes.” - Malcolm Gladwell
“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” - Gen. Colin Powell
As we move into phase three or four (it’s hard to keep track) of this Pandemic, clearly leadership is more critical than ever before, especially effective leadership. I love the quote from the late General Colin Powell – Leadership is solving problems.
We have been encouraged and inspired by our clients the last two years as we have seen them adapt, improvise and overcome immense challenges in their personal lives and businesses. Last year was a record year for Generational. We closed more deals than ever before in the history of our firm. We also crossed $7 billion in wealth transferred to our clients since our inception.
Both tremendous accomplishments, but neither would have happened if it weren’t for the wonderful entrepreneurs and their families that we have the privilege of working with. Certainly we have seen first-hand that true leadership is all about solving problems!
If you are facing challenges right now about how to profitably grow your business, you should reach out to our consulting arm, Generational Consulting Group (GCG). They have helped dozens of business owners create tremendous growth plans that work. Here is what a few of them have told us:
And this is just a small sample of some of the companies we have created tactical and strategic growth plans during these challenging times. To learn how we can help do the same for your company, use the following links:
Carl Doerksen is the Director of Corporate Development at Generational Equity.
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