The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does.
— James Michener
Once a year ask the boss, “What do I or my people do that helps you to do your job?” and “What do I or my people do that hampers you?”
— Peter Drucker
The squeaky wheel doesn’t always get greased; it often gets replaced.
— John Peers
If there’s any single mistake that people make about holding on to their jobs, it’s failure to communicate with the boss. I know the term “communication” is sometimes awkward, but I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to let your boss know what you’re doing.
— S. Eric Wachtel
If you want to move up in business, the first rule is not to be invisible. To be noticed by bosses, ask questions and offer constructive advice. Don’t substitute talk for action. Don’t be afraid to present your best abilities when the opportunity arrives. Don’t be shy.
— George Mazzei
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
— Proverbs 16:24
Never speak of yourself to others; make them talk about themselves instead: therein lies the whole art of pleasing.
— Edmond de Goncourt
If you stand up to address a seated person, you gain height and a certain amount of temporary power. But if you face the person directly, on his level (whether sitting or standing), you are more likely to establish communication.
— Cheryl Reimold
When we are in the company of sensible people, we ought to be doubly cautious of talking too much, lest we lose two good things, their good opinion and our own improvement; for what we have to say we know, but what they have to say we know not.
— Charles Caleb Colton
Of all the great things that have happened to me, the best thing I did was to be a father.
— Larry King
Daddy was with me the day I became a daddy and he became a grandpa. I will never forget what he said as he held his first grandson in his arms. He looked at me and said, “Bill, you are a rich man.”
— Bill Holton
I think that I’m a great father. It’s by far the most important thing to me. Got to put in a lot of extra work and give them affection and really listen to what they have to say. And try to pick their brains a little.
— Mark Calcavecchia
Fatherhood exercised a responsible part of me that needed the workout. The grim awareness of a crying child at 3 a.m. is more than balanced by the satisfaction (not just the relief) of getting him to fall asleep on your shoulder twenty minutes later. I felt needed, and when he began to recognize me and went to sleep right away, I felt like a champ. When he eats my roast chicken or gobbles the sautéed liver, I swell.
— Gil Eisner
It’s just as important to listen to someone with your eyes as it is with your ears.
— Martin Buxbaum
You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.
— M. Scott Peck
Effective listening is more than simply avoiding the bad habit of interrupting others while they are speaking or finishing their sentences. It’s being content to listen to the entire thought of someone rather than waiting impatiently for your chance to respond.
— Richard Carlson
He listens well who takes note.
The key to effective listening is ensuring that when you speak with someone, that person has your total focus. This means being careful not to look at e-mail, pagers and other devices. In fact, it often makes sense to speak with someone in a conference room or someplace outside your office to avoid these typical distractions.
— David Steinberg
Listening from your heart is completely different from listening with your ears. It means being genuinely interested, open and caring. It means being eager to hear, to learn, to be astonished. When you listen from your heart, your child feels safe to tell all, for a child who is with a receptive adult opens up and shares freely.
— Judy Ford
Sometimes the value in your child’s words is not so much in what is being said, but in the saying of it. Sometimes our patient listening shows that our children are worth hearing. They are special enough to deserve our attention when they are talking.
— Ken Canfield
School-age kids have a lot they want to talk about – and they have a lot of interesting things to say too. So set aside some time every day or at least every few days to turn off the cell phone and the television and the computer and focus 100 percent on your child. Resist the urge to give advice – just listen.
— Armin Brott
If you listen to your daughter attentively for ten minutes every day, by the end of the month you’ll have a completely new relationship with her. Do what you would do naturally, as a man: spend more time listening than talking. If you listen, she’ll feel loved.
— Dr. Meg Meeker
Kids are good at recognizing lack of interest. They won’t tell you the big things until you’ve proven that you’re interested in even the most trivial stuff they can think of – which isn’t that trivial, once you realize that they are trying to connect with you any way they know how. You have two goals in listening: to understand and to show interest. If you don’t pay attention, you’ll fail at both.
— Tom Hirschfeld
If you’re not learning while you’re earning, you’re cheating yourself out of the better portion of your compensation.
— Napoleon Hill
Always try to work for the smartest, brightest, most competent person you can find. If you look at biographies of successful people, it’s amazing to find how many crawled up the ladder of success right behind someone else.
— Al Ries and Jack Trout
Folks who never do any more than they get paid for, never get paid for any more than they do.
— Elbert Hubbard
Men who do things without being told draw the most wages.
— Edwin Stuart
How you relate to people in the workplace – both those above you and those below you – is vital, because you never know who might one day be your boss.
— Rick Pitino
My heart is happy, my mind is free.
I had a father who talked with me.
— Hilde Bigelow
Some of my fondest recollections are the bedtime stories my dad used to tell us after lights out. Tucked warmly in bed, safe against the goblins of the night, nestled with a loving parent, we listened intently while adventures unfolded before us.
— Elaine St. James
It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.
— John Sinor
Baseball is fun, it’s timeless, it’s a relationship between a father and a son, it’s a transition into manhood.
— Bill Lee
Their traditional role has changed drastically. Father is happy to sit patiently while his child performs amazing acts of magic for the fifteenth time, or insists that he solve the riddle just learned from the child next door. He regularly attends backyard parties, dining on mud pies decorated with dandelions and sipping imaginary tea from tin cups.
— Leo Buscaglia