“Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.”

-Peter Drucker

May 17

THE CROW AND THE RABBIT- Modern Parable

A rabbit was hopping through the forest and encountered a crow sitting several limbs up a large tree. The rabbit stopped, looked up at the crow, and inquired, “What are you doing, Mr. Crow?”

“Just sitting here doing nothing,” Crow replied. “Mind if I join you for a while?” asked Rabbit. “Be my guest,” replied Crow.

Unbeknownst to Rabbit a fox was lurking behind the tree and suddenly attacked rabbit, devouring him on the spot.

And the moral of that story is this: If you are sitting around doing nothing, you better be pretty high up.

-Unknown

May 11

“Endurance builds character, character, hope. And hope never disappoints us.”
-Romans

May 7

“Help us to reach our best future fast enough to matter.”
– Paul Winkler

“I am neither a pessimist nor an optimist – I am a prisoner of hope.”

-Desmond Tutu

April 30

” Evil is allowed to survive when good people do nothing.”– Anon

April 27

“Leadership matters.”

– Jim Collins

April 23

“It wasn’t a disaster to be wrong- it was a disaster to make a decision that wasn’t properly based.”

-Anon, LeadingAge Member Trustee

April 20

“But we must reject the belief that America must choose between caring for past generations that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.”
-President Obama

April 17

“The worst decisions I ever made were the ones I didn’t make soon enough.”

-Jim Emerson

April 13

“A paradox of leadership: when things are going well, people at the top often get too much credit. When things are not going well, leaders don’t really get the blame they deserve.”

-Larry Minnix

March 9

“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

-Isaiah

March 6

“Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.”

-Eli Feldman

April 3

“I’ve decided to get up  every morning, tuck my titties in my pantyhose and keep on moving!”

-Virginia, a senior community resident going through a hard time

March 31

“Perseverance produces character; character, hope; and hope never disappoints us.”

-St. Paul in Romans

March 26

“Washington is NOT your problem. It’s where you send your problems when you elect them.”
-Larry Minnix

March 23

“We are the ones we have been waiting for.”
-Hopi prophesy

March 19

“You’ve no doubt heard it said the first criterion of leadership is: is there anybody following? I have come to believe that the question is the second criterion. The real first criterion of leadership is: Is there anybody actually leading”

-Larry Minnix

March 16

“Have courage for the great sorrows, and patience for the small ones, and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”
-Victor Hugo

March 12

“It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.”

-Hubert H. Humphrey

March 9

“In- breedin’ don’t work. It don’t work in horses. It don’t work in cows. It don’t work in huntin’ dawgs. And it ain’t worked in our family, and that’s what’s wrong with some of ’em. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that!”— Cuzzin Bubba (died at 94 just two weeks ago)

…. think about this wisdom– fitting in professional as well as personal situations.

March 2

  • “This would be a great time in the world for some man {or woman} to come along that knew something.”- Will Rogers
  • “The forest was shrinking, but the trees kept voting for the ax. For the ax was clever and convinced the trees that because his handle was wood, he was one of them.”- Turkish Fable
Enjoy – Larry Minnix

Introduction

When I retired from LeadingAge in 2015, they named the LeadingAge Leadership Academy in my honor – the greatest professional honor that I could imagine. Several hundred emerging leaders have completed the year-long fellowship program. The inaugural class gave me a gift – a leather-bound blank journal book to record reflections in it. It now reflects 15 years of quotes from others as well as my own ponderings. I tend to be folksy, so many of them begin with, “Like my late Uncle Clarence used to say …” or “Like my cousin Bubba always says…” I plan to put one or two a week on my web site.

I hope you take a look from time to time and find the “wisdom” meaningful– and encourage you to write down your own as they come to you. Some times I will offer brief commentary or context, but most often will let the pieces stand on their own.

Jehyun Sung