Quote of the Day: No means yes

“Strategy is what you choose not to do.”– Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust, with an assist from Michael Porter


4 Quotations That *Didn’t* Make It Into The Book

In late December, I’ll be rolling out a new book. This one argues that much of what we think we know about human motivation just ain’t so — and then shows how you can use the surprising new science of motivation to transform your life. (For a a tantalizing sneak preview, check out this video.)I’ll […]


Factoid of the day: Silicon’s new valley

“In 2008, more silicon was consumed globally making solar panels than microchips.”— Tom Friedman, NYT (9/16/09) (HT: Charles Fishman)


Quote of the day: Beware the planners

“In all the briefing papers prepared for the famous Clinton Little Rock [economic] summit in late 1992, the word Internet never appeared.”– Daniel Gross, Newsweek(HT: Steve Case)


Quote of the day: Entrepreneurs’ own rewards

“An economy that is more entrepreneurial, less managerial, would be less subject to the kind of distortions that occur when corporate managers’ compensation is tied to the short-term profit of distant shareholders. For most entrepreneurs, profit is at once a more capacious and a more concrete thing than this. It is a calculation in which […]


Quote of the day: Now’s the time

“In periods of economic turmoil, people are hungry and work cheap, and entrenched companies often concentrate on in-house cost-cutting instead of exploring new markets, which can explode with the next turn of the business cycle.”– Wired, “Back to the Garage” 


Quote of the day: TGIF & RIP

“I have always subscribed to the expression: ‘Thank God it’s Friday’ because to me Friday means I can work for the next two days without interruptions.”– John Hope Franklin (1915-2009)


Quote of the day: The dangers of compliance

“We need kids who don’t just do what they’re told but who are self-directed.”– Ken Kay, P21, quoted in USA Today


Quote of the day: Name check

“My name is Arne. It’s not Mr. Secretary. Please just call me Arne.”– U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, speaking to DOE employees in a line that the NYT says “drew a standing ovation.”


Quote of the day: Hemispheric dominance

“The right brain seems to be creating a surplus at the very moment the left brain sees its executive pays cut.”– CNET, “Will TED 2009 heal the Davos depression?”