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10 Great Lines Rewritten For Today’s Manager

Thursday, November 19th, 2009


“I am the benchmark!”

Ever wondered why some quotes live on for decades?

The great ones use clear, vivid words. Words everyone can understand and relate to.

Just because you’re in management doesn’t mean you can’t aspire to greatness in what you say. Every jargon word you add dulls your message and acts as a barrier to understanding.

Just one can be enough to kill a sentence stone dead.

Let’s take 10 immortal lines and add a single phrase from the MBA phrasebook. You be the judge.

1. “That’s one small step for a man, one giant positive outcome for mankind.” Neil Armstrong

2. “Beware the Ides of Q3 going forward.” William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

3. “And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can action for you - ask what you can action for your country” John F. Kennedy

4. “I may be drunk, Madam, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be attractiveness-challenged.” Winston Churchill

5. “I have a vision and value statement… that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.” Martin Luther King

6. “In this country, first you get the money, then you get the power, then you get the persons.” Al Pacino, Scarface

7. “Government: of the stakeholders, by the stakeholders, for the stakeholders, shall not perish from the earth.” Abraham Lincoln

8. “You engagin’ with me? You engagin’ with me? Well, who the hell else are you engagin’ with?” Robert De Niro, Taxi Driver

9. “Imagination is more important than key learnings.” Albert Einstein

10.“You’re rightsized!” Donald Trump


“You want a robust dialogue? YOU CAN’T HANDLE A ROBUST DIALOGUE!”