The most reliable way to forecast the future is to try to understand the present.
We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.
I was totally surprised by the spread of the legalization of same-sex marriage. In just my lifetime we have gone from a taboo to even talk about homosexuality, to the sanction by governments of homosexual marriage. Few such large social considerations have ever before been turned over in such a short time.
The new leader is a facilitator, not an order giver.
Strategic planning is worthless - unless there is first a strategic vision.
In a world that is constantly changing, there is no one subject or set of subjects that will serve you for the foreseeable future, let alone for the rest of your life. The most important skill to acquire now is learning how to learn.
Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data.
Trends, like horses, are easier to ride in the direction they are going.
Whenever a new technology is introduced into society, there must be a counterbalancing human response - that is, high touch - or the technology is rejected... We must learn to balance the material wonders of technology with the spiritual demands of our human nature.
One of the best kept secrets in America is that people are aching to make a commitment, if they only had the freedom and environment in which to do so.
Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.
The more technology we introduce into society, the more people will aggregate, will want to be with other people: movies, rock concerts, shopping.
I was sure we would never see the adoption of the Euro. Countries giving up their currencies for a common tender was, it seemed to me, completely out of tune with currency being a carrier of people's cultural identity, celebrating national heroes and events, as it had been for hundreds of years.
In an information society, education is no mere amenity; it is the prime tool for growing people and profits.
In the Marines, I was stunned, absolutely stunned, at everything around me, at what the world looked like.
In the network model, rewards come by empowering others, not by climbing over them. If you work in a hierarchy, you may not want to climb to its top.
In their search for quality, people seem to be looking for permanency in a time of change.
Lawyers are like beavers: They get in the mainstream and dam it up.
Learning how to learn is the most precious thing we have in life.
We are shifting from a managerial society to an entrepreneurial society.