Selected Quotes for Transformational Leaders


    Get Your Mind Right

    “A person’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.”
    ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
    "Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing."
    ~ Warren Buffet
    “We become what we think about.”
    ~ Earl Nightingale
    “Thursdays are for thinking.”
    ~ Dr. Kriner Cash
    “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
    ~ Alice Walker
    “Knowing where you're going is all you need to get there.”
    ~ Frederick Carl Frieseke
    “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
    ~ Henry Ford
    “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to is.”
    ~ Vince Lombardi
    “Proper preparation prevents poor performance.”
    ~ Dr. Kriner Cash
    “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
    ~ Christopher Columbus
    “Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
    ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
    “Change your mind, change your life.”
    ~ Dr. Kriner Cash

    Start Now

    “From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.” ~ Aeschylus
    “Let’s shift from what’s wrong to what’s strong.”
    ~ Dr. Kriner Cash
    "First discipline, then genius."
    ~ Matthew Kelly
    “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
    ~ Chinese Proverb
    "If you wait till halftime to make adjustments, it's too late."
    ~ Bill Belichick
    “There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”
    ~ Aristotle
    “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
    ~ Leonardo DaVinci
    "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
    ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
    “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the people who are doing it.”
    ~ Unknown

    Your Destiny Depends on It

    “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” ~ Unknown
    “Performance is the ultimate narrative.”
    ~ Dr. Kriner Cash
    “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
    ~ Abraham Lincoln
    “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
    ~ Mark Twain
    “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
    ~ Anne Frank
    “Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.”
    ~ Grandma Moses
    “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
    ~ Benjamin Franklin
    “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.”
    ~ Erma Bombeck
    “Change comes about from the inside out.”
    ~ Dr. Kriner Cash
    “Ships are safe in harbor…But that’s not what ships are for.”
    ~ Anonymous
    “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
    ~ African Proverb

    The Truth Is Light

    "Organizations move at the speed of trust." ~ Steven Covey
    “When the organization expects a frown, be sure to smile. When the organization is troubled and insecure, be sure to provide poise and composure. When the organization needs you most, lead by example.”
    ~ Dr. Kriner Cash
    “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”
    ~ Albert Einstein
    “If you don’t have pressure on the carbon, you never get to the diamond.”
    ~ Jessie Woolley – Wilson, CEO of DreamBox Learning, a provider of on-line math education software for children
    “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life
    is when men are afraid of the light.”
    ~ Unknown
    "You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as
    you don't do too many things wrong."
    ~ Warren Buffet
    “The line between failure and success is so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it.”
    ~ Sam Parker
    “He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist
    is our helper.” ~ Edmund Burke
    "People look like what you see in them."
    ~ Dr. Kriner Cash
    “Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see.”
    ~ Confucius
    “Every man’s spice-box seasons his own food.”
    ~ Zora Neale Hurston
    “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”
    ~ Les Brown
    “A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.”
    ~ Albert Einstein
    “Have utmost concern for what’s right rather than who’s right.”
    ~ John Wooden
    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
    ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
    “I freed thousands of slaves… I could have freed thousands more
    if only they knew they were slaves.”
    ~ Harriet Tubman
    “I saw the angel in the marble, and I carved until I set it free.”
    ~ Michelangelo

    Get It Done

    “The state with the smartest skilled workforce wins. That is the economy of tomorrow.” ~ Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo
    “Be tough on the work, gentle with people.”
    ~ Dr. Kriner Cash
    “Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.”
    ~ W. Edwards Deming
    “The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.”
    ~ John Wooden
    “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.”
    ~ Florence Nightingale
    “Everything is ok in the end, if it’s not ok, it’s not the end.”
    ~ Unknown
    “I’ve learned that people will forget what you’ve said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
    ~ Maya Angelou
    “If you can’t deliver the message in 5 minutes or less, you don’t know what the message is.”
    ~ Dr. Kriner Cash
    “Fall seven times and stand up eight.”
    ~ Japanese Proverb
    “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
    ~ Aristotle
    “We must right size, right staff, and right spend the District.”
    ~ Dr. Kriner Cash
    “If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.”
    ~ Latin Proverb
    “A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty."
    ~ Unknown
    “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
    ~ Confucius
    “When the best leader's work is done, the people say, 'We did it ourselves.'”
    ~ Lao Tzu
    “If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.”
    ~ Harriet Tubman
    “Get it done (together). Have fun (together).”
    ~ Dr. Kriner Cash