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Luck is being prepared for an opportunity… March 18, 2009

Posted by Darth Sidious in Inspirational Quotes.
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I love this quote:

Luck is being prepared for an oppotunity

Ever hear people complain that such and such Sith Lord is lucky? True, unpredictable events occur where someone was at the right place at the right time. What’s predictable is that unpredictable events occur all the time, so those who are prepared for it are able to capitalize on it and thus be lucky.

Those who are not prepared, are unlucky. They let life push them in whatever random direction life pushes them in.

Darth Sidious

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Vendors September 30, 2008

Posted by Tariq Ahmed in Inspirational Quotes.
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Today I was dealing with a vendor about meeting a tight deadline for a delivery of tie fighters.  When discussing the time line, I was highly impressed with his attitude:

“Your deadlines are our deadlines”.

It brought a tear to my eye.

Quick Quote on Talent vs. Skills September 12, 2008

Posted by Darth Sidious in Inspirational Quotes, Managing Employees.
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You can’t coach talent, but you can develop skills.

Here’s something to think about when hiring. Although skills are important in filling a position with the right person, it may be more important to prioritize on talent. Talent is that unique power that resides within, and you either have it or you don’t. And for those that don’t have it, all the coaching in the world won’t make someone more talented.

But when it comes to skills, you can at least develop that through coaching, training, mentoring, and just hands on experience.

That’s exactly why I sought out Darth Vader. The guy has PURE talent, and at the time he wasn’t even ranked a Jedi Master – yet his talent was so great that I was willing to let go of Count Dooku, who was someone with a tremendous amount of skills (he knew how to use the Force to shoot electricity and levitate stuff). But if you got the right talent, adding those skills is easy.

Expand or Die May 31, 2008

Posted by Tariq Ahmed in Inspirational Quotes.
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“Expand or Die”

A good philosophy for an empire, or your business.

We All Answer to a Dark Lord May 7, 2008

Posted by Tariq Ahmed in Inspirational Quotes.
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Whenever your underlings complain about the workload or deadlines, remind them: “We all answer to a Dark Lord”, implying your simply doing what your manager requests of you, simply responding to the pressure placed on you. Even the top executive has Dark Lords, whether it be shareholders or the greatest Dark Lord of all: profit.

Predicting the Future February 1, 2008

Posted by Tariq Ahmed in Inspirational Quotes.
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The farther into the future that predictions are made the more accurate they become.

-Unknown

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“Hiring Should be as Hard as Firing” December 21, 2007

Posted by Tariq Ahmed in Inspirational Quotes.
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These are wise words to pass on to your managers.  Firing someone is the hardest thing a manager can do and therefore when they are hiring, remind them of the above Sith proverb and make them reflect on the magnitude of their hiring decision.  A body hired today, may have to be fired tomorrow.  Hire wisely.

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Leaders Don’t Need to Lead – they just point the way… November 7, 2007

Posted by Darth Sidious in Inspirational Quotes, Leadership.
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Leadership isn’t so much of “hey follow me”, but rather pointing out where to go. Have you heard of the saying the blind leading the blind? As a Leader, you don’t want people aimlessly following you regardless of where you go.

Leaders carve out that Vision, point a beacon of light towards the solution, and clear out the path for where people need to go.

If you want to be a leader, or are a leader, make sure your mindset is less “follow me” and more “this is where to go”.

Darth Sidious

Work Attire October 3, 2007

Posted by Tariq Ahmed in Inspirational Quotes.
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“Dress for the position you want, not the position you are in.”

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Common sense is not so common September 17, 2007

Posted by Tariq Ahmed in Inspirational Quotes.
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A famous quote that holds true throughout the universe.  Remember it when dealing with people in any situation.

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