1. Pissing people off doesn't mean you're doing the right things, but doing the right things will almost inevitably piss people off.

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  2. Leadership is all about people. It is not about organizations. It is not about plans. It is not about strategies. It is all about people-motivating people to get the job done. You have to be people-centered.

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  3. The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people.

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  4. Organization doesn't really accomplish anything. Plans don't accomplish anything, either. Theories of management don't much matter. Endeavors succeed or fail because of the people involved. Only by attracting the best people will you accomplish great deeds.

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  5. Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.

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  6. Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.

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  7. The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort.

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  8. Give me the right people and I don’t much care what organization you give me. Good things will happen. Give me the wrong people and it doesn’t matter what you do with the organization. Bad things will happen.

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  9. The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise. In my experience, the people closest to the problems are often in the best position to see the solutions. The key here is to empower and not be the bottleneck.

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  10. Endeavors succeed or fail because of the people involved.

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