Archive for July 2nd, 2011

Longest bridges in world


The world’s longest cross-sea bridge, spanning 36.48 kilometers across the mouth of the Jiaozhou Bay in China’s eastern Shandong province, opened to traffic four years after construction started. Here’s a peek into some of the world’s longest bridges.

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Located in Louisiana, United States, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, consists of two parallel bridges that run parallel to each other. The bridges are supported by 9,500 concrete pilings and spans over 38.35 kilometres. The southern terminus of the Causeway is in Metairie, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. The northern terminus is at Mandeville, Louisiana.

Donghai Bridge Completed on December 10, 2005, the Donghai Bridge has a total length of 32.5 kilometres and connects Shanghai to the Yangshan port in China. The ‘Donghai Bridge’ is popularly known as ‘The stone’.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is a four lane bridge that connects the Delmarva Peninsula’s Eastern Shore of Virginia with Virginia Beach and the metropolitan area of Hampton Roads, Virginia. The bridge has a total length of 37 kilometres.

Vasco da Gama Bridge The Vasco da Gama Bridge is a cable bridge with a total length of 17.2 kilometres. The bridge was opened to traffic on 29 March, 1998. The bridge spans across the Tagus River near Lisbon, Portugal.

Penang Bridge The Penang Bridge opened to traffic on September 14, 1985 and connects Gelugor in Penang island and Seberang Prai to mainland Malaysia. The total length of the bridge is 13.5 kilometres.

Rio-Niteroi Bridge The Rio-Niteroi Bridge is a box girder bridge that connects the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi. The bridge opened on March 4, 1974 and the total length of the bridge is 13 kilometres.

Confederation Bridge The 12.9 kilometre long bridge opened on 31 May 1997, connecting the Prince Edward Island with New Brunswick, Canada. The Confederation bridge is a two-lane highway toll bridge.

San Mateo-Hayward Bridge Commonly known as the San Mateo Bridge, the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge connects San Francisco Peninsula with the East Bay. The total length of the bridge is 11.265408 kilometres.

Seven Mile Bridge The Seven Mile Bridge is is located between the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Strait. Finished in 1982 at a cost of $45 million, the Seven Mile Bridge connects city of Marathon in the Middle Keys of Florida to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys of Florida.

How to Vacation Like An Eccentric Billionaire


In our increasingly homogenized, globalized, and cookie cutter world, one thing remains unique: the whims of eccentric billionaires.

I travel a lot, and occasionally I am fortunate to visit some of the finest hotels and resorts on earth. In the past few years I’ve noticed a trend: many of my best and most memorable experiences are being created by the people who know the least about the hospitality industry. The places you want to stay for a dream trip are often not the work of hoteliers, but folks who made huge fortunes doing something completely different, from mining to finance to retail.

Despite the title above, this is not limited to billionaires. I’ll go so far as to allow for centi-millionaires, and basically anyone wealthy enough to indulge their very whim. These are the people who build hotels and resorts as true labors of love, to reflect what they would like in a place they would stay at, and in many cases, with no regard for the bottom line and no intention to ever turn a profit. These are the places they go to themselves, and often live at, and I would highly recommend staying in, but probably not investing in.

It increasingly seems that my best recent travel experiences, the ones I return from and instantly call friends and suggest they should go for their birthdays or anniversaries, are at places like this, hotels and resorts that do not aspire to be chains or brands, but simply to be awesome.

The best examples are places the rich person built as a home, and then realized they could subsidize the expense by opening it up to the public when not in use, like Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island, the first of many highly publicized private island resorts. Branson built Necker as his own home but you can be a paying house guest. Things may have changed, but for many years it regularly lost money, and I doubt profit is high on his list of motives for keeping Necker as an awesome escape, since he spends so much time there. Likewise, Julian Robertson, of Tiger Fund fame, the original mega-rich hedge fund guy, turned his New Zealand dream home into a posh boutique resort – you can even stay in his actual house.

The other models to seek out include people simply chasing fantasies, like Jade Mountain, which I recently wrote about for my recurring “Hotels I Love” feature, the perfect example of a place that could not be built by committee, probably could not be signed off on by investors, but exists nonetheless, because it was the dream of its owner and designer, architect and railroad heir Nick Troubetzkoy. Another creation story is trying to overcome some feeling of inadequacy, such as when mining magnate Spencer Penrose decided to show the city slickers on the coasts that someone in the middle of the country could play in the luxury big leagues.

Whatever their motivation, when really rich people put quality ahead of profit, it is you, the traveler, who benefits. None of these places are cheap but many are bargains, in the sense that if they were run for profit, they would almost certainly cost even more, if they even existed at all. And they probably would not be as good. And unlike equally expensive luxury chain properties, these are typically not the kind of places where you are going to shell out $1000 a night and then get charged $20 a day for internet or nickelled and dimed for valet parking. For the most part, once you arrive, your wish is their command, and for whatever nightly rate you pay, you get to live like the owner would, because that’s why he or she built the place. Free flowing wine, decadent meals and incredible activities are often included in the rates, making some of these actual bargains from a perspective of excess.

Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand: Julian Robertson, founder of Tiger Fund, fell in love with New Zealand after a post- college year there, and dreamt of a second home. But he never planned to build a resort, yet alone more than one. He found a fantastic piece of land, unrivalled by almost any site on earth, 6,000 waterfront acres overlooking the stunning Bay of Islands National Park, and built his house. Being a crazed golf fanatic, with a truly world class site, he also built a course for himself. As he told me, “I bought this land and it was just too beautiful to leave and do nothing with, and I decided to build a golf course.” Why not? But then it was time for a reality check: private jet or no private jet, when you live in Manhattan how much can you use a golf course on New Zealand’s North Island? So he opened it to the public, and at his wife’s suggestion, built a small luxury lodge, Kauri Cliffs, with 22 “rooms,” all individual cottages, and you can even rent his house when he is not there. The golf course is truly exceptional, and was quickly ranked in the World’s Top 100, public or private, which is hard to do. But the resort is so unbelievable, my takeaway was that I could very happily go there for a week and not play golf, even though I love golf. It’s that good. It’s like its own small country and has two magnificent waterfalls, the kind you’d go to a National Park to see, three gorgeous private beaches, miles of hiking trails, and every outdoor pursuit from hunting wild boar to some of the world’s best Scuba diving. World-class cuisine and luxury lodging made it the first golf resort ever admitted to the prestigious Relais & Chateau hotel association and everything abut the place is first class. (Rates vary seasonally but begin at $500-$900 per person nightly including meals)

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The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand: Once Robertson got going it was hard for him to stop. He has since acquired several New Zealand wineries, which he now serves at both Kauri Cliffs and its newer sibling, Cape Kidnappers. This is a very similar concept, except that instead of the relative middle of nowhere it is in the heart of the acclaimed Hawke’s Bay wine region, occupying a dramatic and rocky namesake peninsula. This time he got Tom Doak, of Pacific Dunes fame, arguably the hottest living golf architect, to do the course, also quickly ranked in the world’s top 100. The scale is about the same, on 6,000 waterfront acres, with very few rooms, luxury food, wine, accommodations, and doting staff everywhere. The main difference is that Robertson’s house here, also for rent, is even bigger and posher. Go! (Rates vary seasonally but begin at $500-$750 per person nightly including meals)

Jade Mountain: Since I just wrote about this (Here) I won’t devote a lot of space, but this place is an architect’s fantasy brought to life on a gorgeous St. Lucia mountaintop, with rooms so stunning and so unique I guarantee you have seen nothing quite like them. Since Jade Mountain is a boutique resort within a larger 4-star beach resort, you get a ton of activities and facilities for a place with so few rooms, including redundant spas and fitness clubs, world-class diving, multiple beaches, tons of activities, etc. It is the kind of place rock stars and CEOs go to relax and be not seen. Love it! It is also one of the best values here. (Rates run $1000 – $2200 nightly and are per room, not per person. The optional all-inclusive upgrade makes a ton of sense at $90 per night per person with all your meals and drinks, including room service).

Twin Farms, VT: Another entry in my “Hotels I Love” series, this ultra-private Vermont enclave for celebs and folks who want peace and quiet is the work of Thurston Twigg-Smith, a fifth generation Hawaiian whose family developed extensive real estate holdings in the 50th state and sold their Hawaiian newspaper to Gannett for a quarter of a billion dollars. He is a noted philanthropist and art collector, and every building at Twin Farms, including the 20 luxury homes, each architecturally unique and thematic, that pass for “rooms,” is adorned with collectible art. There is so much that the guide to the art collection fills two thick binders. Twin Farms occupies the 300+ acre estate formerly owned by Nobel-prize winning novelist Sinclair Lewis. You can read more detail in my previous post, but basically the service is fawning, the food exquisite, the lodging over the top, the sporting facilities wonderful, all while maintaining Vermont’s relaxed country aesthetic. It is often described as “summer camp for adults,” has its own small cross country and downhill ski areas, grows much of its own delicious food, and is truly like being a guest at the home of an eccentric billionaire. It is no coincidence that the tiny and totally off the radar property has won the Forbes (formerly Mobil) 5-Star award for 17 straight years. (The handful of guests rooms in the main house, which I do not recommend, start at $1,400 nightly in peak season. Cottages are mostly $2,100 nightly. NOTE these rates are per room, for two guests, not per person. Rates include all meals, activities, wine and drinks, basically everything. Very slight reduction in off-season pricing).

Ballyfin: Fred Krehbiel’s wife is from County Kerry, Ireland, and apparently that was reason enough for him to undertake the massive renovation of a dilapidated Georgian Manor house in what is pretty much considered nowhere as far as Irish tourism goes. A Chicagoan, Krehbiel is Chairman of the Molex Corporation, a manufacturer of connectors traded on the NASDAQ with a market cap of $4.5 billion. For the past 8 years – longer than it took to build the house in the first place! – Krehbiel has been painstakingly turning the historic building into a 15-room luxury resort on a 600-acre estate full of follies and grottos and a pristine 28-acre lake. A true “build it and they will come” project, Ballyfin sits in County Laois smack in the middle of the Island, 90 minutes west of Dublin and over 2 hours east of Shannon, away from all the major tourist routes and sites. Even before he bought Ballyfin in 2002, Krehbiel had been amassing an impressive collection of Irish art, and the entire place is decorated with these works from his personal collection, all in an effort to elevate the perception of Irish art. Ballyfin is a true labor of love, and while it could theoretically turn a profit someday, it is hard to imagine how, given what has been sunk into it and the size. In the meantime, it is now what it was in the 1820s, a rich guy’s estate designed for entertaining and worthy of a James Bond villain. With a maximum capacity of 29, the chef consults with each guest and cooks whatever they want, focusing on the estate’s extensive gardens and free range eggs and largely locally sourced ultra-fresh ingredients. Ballyfin just opened in May, 2011 has a spa and beautiful grounds, and is mainly for escaping into a romantic and historic past with all the modern luxury bells and whistles. (€580-€1350 nightly per person, including meals, most drinks, minibar, and most activities.)

Think You’re Communicating Enough? Think Again


Good communication is critical to making a big change take hold in any organization, especially in complex enterprises. Most managers and leaders recognize this, but it’s difficult to put into practice. Gaining an understanding of and commitment to a new direction is a challenging intellectual and emotional task. It unnerves people, and as a result, they often under communicate and send inconsistent messages about the change, both of which lead directly to stalled transformation efforts.

Most companies under communicate their visions for change by at least a factor of 10. A single memo announcing a big new change is never enough, nor is even a series of speeches by the CEO and the executive team. To understand how a change vision can easily get lost in the clutter, consider this:

The total amount of communication going to an employee in three months: 2.3 million words or numbers.
Typical communication about the change over a period of three months (the equivalent of one 30-minute speech, an hour-long meeting, one 600 word article in the company’s internal newsletter, and one 2,000 word memo) = 13,400 words or numbers.
13,400/2,300,000 = .0058, which means the change vision has captured only 0.58 percent of the communication market share.
How can you avoid this? First and most importantly, leaders in the organization – usually the CEO and senior level executives – need to “walk the talk” and become living examples of the new corporate culture that the vision aspires to. Nothing undermines a communication program more quickly than inconsistent actions by leadership, and nothing speaks as powerfully as someone who is backing up their words with behavior. When an entire team of senior management starts behaving differently and embodies the change they want to see, it sends a powerful message to the entire organization. These actions increase motivation, inspire confidence, and decrease cynicism. Tactically, a vision for change must be communicated in hour-by-hour activities, anywhere and everywhere – the vision must be referred to in emails, meetings, presentations, company newsletters, and internal training programs. Finally, keep these key elements in mind as you communicate about your change:

Keep your messages simple and jargon-free
Use metaphors and analogies to paint a vivid picture for employees
Repeat, repeat, repeat – ideas only sink in after they’re heard many times
Explain seeming inconsistencies – if you don’t, it undermines credibility
Allow for constant feedback

The Best Places For Business


The recession spared few U.S. cities, wiping out 9.4 million jobs between November 2007 and August 2009. Many will never return, and those that do you probably won’t find on the East or West Coast. For the most active areas of job creation (and lower costs of doing business) you have to go to the heartland, home to 80% of the top 25 regions on our list of Best Places for Business.

In most of these hot hubs you’ll find a strong university or two, providing rich cultural life and the kind of technology transfer that sparks entrepreneurial activity—giving that educated population lots of reasons to stick around.

Topping our 13th annual list of the Best Places for Business and Careers is Raleigh, N.C. It is one of those locales with a strong university presence helping fuel growth in the area (albeit in an East Coast state, a rarity in the upper part of the list). Raleigh and nearby Durham (ranked No. 31) get a strong boost from three elite schools in the surrounding area in University of North Carolina, Duke University and North Carolina State.

Raleigh ranks No. 1 after dipping to third last year. Low business costs (18% below the national average) and a smart labor force (42% have a college degree) make North Carolina’s capital an attractive spot for employers like First Citizens Bank and Progress Energy. Job seekers get it: The net migration rate to Raleigh was the second highest in the U.S. over the past five years.

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Our look at America’s Best Places for Business showcases the stark contrast between Texas—with its low-cost, pro-business regulatory environment (5 cities among the top 25, led by Austin at No. 7)—and overregulated and wildly expensive California (home to 8 cities that rank in the bottom 25, including No. 200 Merced). Texas was one of the last economies to succumb to the recession and one of the first to bounce back, while California is limping along with an unemployment rate of 11.7% (only Nevada’s is worse).

Besides Austin, Texas also placed San Antonio and Dallas in the top 10. San Antonio, ranked No. 8, is among the fastest-growing metro areas in the U.S. (the population increased 25% since 2000). It has been buoyed by defense spending and hiring at Toyota Motor’s truck assembly plant. Dallas (No. 10) has been one of the most resilient economies during the recession and could add 190,000 jobs in the next three years.

It’s not all bad in the Golden State. Aside from nice weather, California does have bright spots in San Jose (No. 35) and San Francisco (No. 37), both of which made the top 40 thanks to a rich arsenal of educated and talented workers.

Demographer Bert Sperling argues that much of the recent success of the heartland can be attributed to “extractive industries” like oil, gas and mining as well as record-high crop prices that have provided jobs and revenue to the center of the U.S. “These economies run in cycles, and these booms and busts are often decades in the making,” he says.

Our ranking of Best Places looks at the 200 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S. These range in size from the New York City metro, with to 11.6 million people, to Laredo, Texas, home to 252,000 people (click here for a list of the Best Small Places for Business). We consider 12 metrics relating to job growth (past and projected), costs (business and living), income growth, educational attainment and projected economic growth.

We also factor in quality of life issues like crime rates, cultural and recreational opportunities and net migration patterns. Lastly we included the number of highly ranked colleges in an area per our annual college rankings. A tip of the cap to Moody’s Economy.com, which provided much of the data, including the economic forecasts. Bert Sperling, founder of Sperling’s BestPlaces, put together a culture and leisure index for Forbes and also crunched the crime numbers for us. College attainment data is compiled by the Census Bureau.

Des Moines, Iowa, last year’s No. 1 dropped one spot as employment fell 0.9% in 2010. The area still has plenty to offer with business costs 16% below the national average and household incomes that are expected to increase 4.2% annually through 2013, eighth best in the U.S. Workers at big employers like Principal Financial and Wells Fargo enjoy cheap housing (median price $148,600) and 20-minute average commutes.

Another big metro that made the top 10, in addition to the three Texas locales, is Denver, which ranks No. 9. U.S. economic growth has been tepid since the recession ended, but Denver’s economy grew 3.9% last year and is expected to grow 3.9% annually through 2013 according to Economy.com. Denver’s great quality of life and educated workforce make it a favorite with companies in industries from aerospace and bioscience to energy, financial services and information technology. Major employers include IBM, Lockheed Martin and Wells Fargo.

A big mover in the rankings this year is the New York metro, which ranked No. 45, up from No. 99 in 2010. Yes it is still the most expensive place to do business in the U.S. at 51% above the national average, but the job and economic forecasts are much improved for the area. The economy is forecast to expand 4.5% per year and household income are expected to increase 4.1% annually the next three years, 12th best in the U.S.

New York also scores well on quality-of-life issues. It ranks first on Sperling’s index among cities for culture and recreation, and its crime rate is 11th-lowest in the country. The biggest draw might be its talented, educated work force with 36% having a college degree–only Washington, D.C. is higher among the 10 largest metros. The concentration of big firms is unmatched as well. It is the corporate home for 80 public companies with more than $1 billion in sales.

WikiLeaks Is Threatening To File Against Visa, MasterCard


More than six months have passed since Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, and others cut WikiLeaks’ purse strings. And if that blockade lasts six more days, the secret-spilling group plans to take its financial fight to the courtroom.

If Visa Europe and MasterCard Europe haven’t re-opened payment WikiLeaks by next Thursday, the group and its payment provider DataCell plan to file a complaint with the E.U. Commission against the two companies as well as the Danish payment processor Teller, according to Sveinn Andri Sveinsson, the Icelandic lawyer for WikiLeaks and DataCell.

“They’re boycotting Datacell and Wikileaks without any objective justification,” says Sveinsson. “This is clearly an abuse of their market dominance.”

According to Sveinsson, the following complaint was sent to the two companies earlier this month, and will be filed with the E.U. Commission at an appointment Thursday if the situation isn’t resolved by then.

Gmail Down as Facebook Email Goes Up


Could this be the reasoning for the down time? I’ve reached out to Google for answers, and will update the post when I hear back.

The tension in the air at the Facebook press conference in San Francisco on Monday morning was palpable. Since TechCrunch broke the news on Thursday that Facebook was announcing Project Titan, a Facebook-based web mail system, outlet after outlet piggybacked onto the story, with all headlines reading similarly:

“Is Facebook Launching a Gmail Killer?”

Facebook was adamant that the new product enhancements to their messaging system did NOT make it an email killer. “I think Gmail is a really good product,” Mark Zuckerberg said at the Monday conference.

But what if Google shoots itself in the foot before the Facebook email has a chance to “kill Gmail”?

Today, mere hours after the Facebook announcement, there have been multiple reports coming from the web that Google’s popular email service, Gmail, is down.

“GMAIL GOES DOWN (Right after Facebook announces email for all)” said @HuffPostTech in a tweet shortly after the first reports came in from Twitter.

Tweets started to roll in after the Huffington Post story broke. Yelp’s official Twitter account joined in on the circulating snark that followed the HuffPo story:

“yelp: Gmail down? Perfect time to write a Yelp review!”

Site status monitor downforeveryoneorjustme.com reports that Gmail is functioning properly for us, though users continue to tweet access issues. The Google Apps Status Dashboard has no problems reported as of today; there was a problem, however, on November 9th, to which Google responded:

“The problem with Google Mail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. If you are still experiencing an issue, please contact us via the Google Help Center.”

Whatever the case, I’ll be tracking Gmail’s status as the afternoon unfolds. But one must admit – the timing here is terrible.

Facebook Plans A Google+ Riposte?


Facebook on Friday announced it is announcingsomething “awesome” next Wednesday.  Two interesting questions arise:

Q1: Does Facebook founderMark Zuckerberg’s “inadvertent”mention of this on Thursday amount to an announcement  that there would be an announcement about an announcement?

A1: Yes.

Q2: What might it be?

A2: The conventional wisdom says “iPad App,” but is that really worth a pre-announcement to the announcement of the announcement? Perhaps something even longer-awaited, and currently more strategic, is in the offing.

I venture this because a number of services are quirky on Facebook today. For awhile the messaging function didn’t work (I tried it on a couple of people’s accounts here at the office.) The groups didn’t come up on the home page, either.

Not to get too conspiracy-minded here, but those are the two key functions – groups and email — Google+ uses to organize people. Gmail has been revamped with real-time information about contacts on the righthand side of a message. If you are a Google+ member, you have an option of inviting in the person with whom you  are communicating (though for now that just goes into a holding tank). The “circles” feature of Google+, its most intriguing function, are a better version of Facebook groups.

That puts it to Facebook to make its groups work better and easier. And messaging is something  Zuckerberg has long vowed to improve, though last November’s effort ended up looking like a pretty paltry step. If the Z was serious, there is definitely more to come on messaging from Facebook, sooner or later.

Coming right back at Google+ with a better version of messaging – do you know anyone who really uses Facebook IM or email as anything like a primary source? – would show a nice competitive spirit.

Right now U.S. office workers are taking off for a holiday weekend. Is Facebook using what has to be one of its slower times to get ready for something bigger than an App?

I like to think so – though if it were true, someone would have probably leaked Zuckerberg’s inadvertent announcement of the pre-announcement.

3 Questions About Being Innovative


When it comes to innovation, have you asked yourself some very basic questions?

That’s the point of Scott Anthony, president of the consulting firmInnosight which specializes in promoting innovation. Innovation can make or break companies. For example, Microsoft was under the gun a decade ago in a massive anti-trust suit but managed to keep innovating its way to quadruple its revenues to $60 billion. The newspaper industry was enjoying healthy margins of about 30 percent about a decade ago but failed so miserably at innovation that it is in a fight for its life.

Where to you fit in? To find out, trying answering Anthony’s three questions:

  1. Does my company have an Innovation Strategy? You need a real plan, established benchmarks and enough in the budget to make it work.
  2. Are your tactics similar to the market’s? Matching the market is key for success. You can do that by creating new businesses, operating existing ones and trading declining ones.
  3. What is my personal commitmentto innovation?  Unless the CEO has some of his his or her own skin in the game, the strategy won’t work.
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Best Quotations: CEO Quotations


It’s easy to have principles when you’re rich. The important thing is to have principles when you’re poor, Arthur Kroc, CEO of McDonalds The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why. Warren Bennis, Leadership Guru It is not so much that man is a herd animal, said Freud, but that he is a horde animal led by a chief, Ernest Becker The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I.” And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I.” They don’t think “I.” They think “we”; they think “team.” They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done., Peter Drucker, Management Author We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone … and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something. , Sandra Day O’Connor A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours., Milton Berle Management means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folkways and superstition, and of cooperation for force. It means the substitution of responsibility for obedience to rank, and of authority of performance for the authority of rank. Peter Drucker There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all, Peter F. Drucker, Management Author Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if Labor had not first existed. Labor is superior to capital, and deserves much the higher consideration, Abraham Lincoln, US president The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people, Cesar Chavez With all their faults, trade unions have done more for humanity than any other organization of men that ever existed. They have done more for decency, for honesty, for education, for the betterment of the race, for the developing of character in men, than any other association of men., Clarence Darrow You can’t do it unless you organize, Samuel Gompers A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned — this is the sum of good government, Thomas Jefferson We all know about the fantastic appeal of the Barclays Premiership in the UK but this sponsorship also fits our international presence and aspirations particularly in Asia and continental Europe. [on a deal to cost the bank £65.8m to sponsor the Premier League... who are laughing all the way to the bank], Bob Diamond, Barclays’ Bank, UK Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose, Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder and CEO No one will need more than 637 kb of memory for a personal computer. – said in the early 1970s , Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder and CEO At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas but the image is that they all come from the top – I’m afraid that’s not quite right., Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder and CEO Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning, Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder and CEO There are people who don’t like capitalism, and people who don’t like PCs. But there’s no-one who likes the PC who doesn’t like Microsoft., Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder and CEO The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. , Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder and CEO The vision is that people should have the ultimate in convenience. Being able to get the things they care about on the appropriate device., Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder and CEO To be successful, you have to be able to relate to people; they have to be satisfied with your personality to be able to do business with you and to build a relationship with mutual trust. George Ross, Billionaire Investor Stock market bubbles don’t grow out of thin air. They have a solid basis in reality, but reality as distorted by a misconception. George Ross, Billionaire Investor I’m not doing my philanthropic work, out of any kind of guilt, or any need to create good public relations. I’m doing it because I can afford to do it, and I believe in it. George Ross, Billionaire Investor There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman down, simply by spending his money somewhere else. Sam Walton , Founder and CEO of Wal-Mart We’re all working together; that’s the secret. Sam Walton , Founder and CEO of Wal-Mart High expectations are the key to everything. Sam Walton , Founder and CEO of Wal-Mart Each Wal-Mart store should reflect the values of its customers and support the vision they hold for their community. Sam Walton , Founder and CEO of Wal-Mart “A CEO’s performance is as good as the performance of his Middle Managers” – Med Yones, President of International Institute of Management A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought, Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire Price is what you pay. Value is what you get. Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing. Warren Buffett, Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1. Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective. Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is. [For] to a degree, people read the press to inform themselves-and the better the teacher, the better the student body. Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire The only time to buy these is on a day with no ‘y’ in it. Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire We enjoy the process far more than the proceeds. Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire An overburdened, overstretched executive is the best executive, because he or she doesn’t have the time to meddle, to deal in trivia, to bother people., Jack Welch, CEO, G.E. If change is happening on the outside faster than on the inside the end is in sight. Jack Welch, CEO, G.E. We’ve only been wealthy in this country for 70 years. Who said we ought to have all this? Is it ordained? Jack Welch, CEO, G.E. The Internet is the Viagra of big business. Jack Welch, CEO, G.E. The essence of competitiveness is liberated when we make people believe that what they think and do is important – and then get out of their way while they do it. Jack Welch, CEO, G.E. If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings and put compensation as a carrier behind it you almost don’t have to manage them. Jack Welch, CEO, G.E. Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act. Jack Welch, CEO, G.E. You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win. – Ted Turner, CEO Turner Broadcasting (CNN) The media is too concentrated, too few people own too much. There’s really five companies that control 90 percent of what we read, see and hear. It’s not healthy. – Ted Turner, CEO Turner Broadcasting (CNN) The United States has got some of the dumbest people in the world. I want you to know that we know that. – Ted Turner, CEO Turner Broadcasting (CNN) I’d say the chances are about 50-50 that humanity will be extinct or nearly extinct within 50 years. Weapons of mass destruction, disease, I mean this global warming is scaring the living daylights out of me. – Ted Turner, CEO Turner Broadcasting (CNN) If I only had a little humility, I’d be perfect.- Ted Turner, CEO Turner Broadcasting (CNN) Just because your ratings are bigger doesn’t mean you’re better. – Ted Turner, CEO Turner Broadcasting (CNN) My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job – Ted Turner, CEO Turner Broadcasting (CNN) If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right. also attributed to Mary Kay Ash., Henry Ford, Founder and CEO Ford Motors Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk. J.C. Penney, Founder and CEO of J C Penney.

Best Quotations: Attitude Quotations


Anne Frank: Then, without realizing it, you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day; of course, you achieve quite a lot in the course of time. Anyone can do this, it costs nothing and is certainly very helpful. Whoever doesn’t know it must learn and find by experience that a quiet conscience makes one strong. Carl Rogers: If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated learning. Colleen C. Barrett: Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun. Confucius: To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right. Demosthenes: Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises. Demosthenes: Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true. Edwin H. Friedman: The colossal misunderstanding of our time is the assumption that insight will work with people who are unmotivated to change. Communication does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard. People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them. Even the choices words lose their power when they are used to overpower. Attitudes are the real figures of speech. Ella Williams: Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it. Eric Hoffer: The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves. Frank Lloyd Wright: The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen. Helen Keller: When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. Henry David Thoreau: Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be. Henry Ford: If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right. also attributed to Mary Kay Ash James A. Froude: You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. James Yorke: The most successful people are those who are good at plan B. M. Scott Peck: The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. Marcus Aurelius: If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. Marian Wright Edelman: You really can change the world if you care enough. Marianne Williamson: And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others. Martha Washington: The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances. Maya Lin: To fly, we have to have resistance. Michael Korda: To succeed, we must first believe that we can. Med Yones: When I hire someone new, the most important thing I look for is attitude, everything else can be learned on the job Ralph Waldo Emerson: There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. ‘Tis good to give a stranger a meal, or a night’s lodging. ‘Tis better to be hospitable to his good meaning and thought, and give courage to a companion. We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light. Richard Bach: Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can. Spinoza: Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice. Susan J. Bissonette: An optimist is the human personification of spring. Thomas Alva Edison: Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas Jefferson: I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. Viktor Frankl: We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. William James: The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.

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