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Asian Words of Wisdom

Over 500 motivational quotations and phrases on leadership, marketing and personal development from Asia’s leading thinkers

Today, Asia is a major exporter of ideas, in a position to teach the West vital lessons in leadership and the management of corporate change.

These words, spoken by Dr. Warren Bennis, the acclaimed author and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the University of Southern California, in June 1993 at the Citibank Leadership Series in Asia are just as true today, perhaps even more so, as they were in the early 1990s.

While it is obviously too early to tell if the 21st century will indeed become The Pacific Century that optimistic pundits in Asia were proclaiming a few years ago, there is little doubt that there is much the West can learn about leadership and corporate management from the great thinkers of Asia, both past and present.

A few years ago, Ron Kaufman came up with the concept of a book compiling quotations from Asian business, political, and philosophy leaders. Over the years, he and I have collected hundreds of quotations from a wide range of sources.

At the same time, I was researching the qualities required for managerial and career success in the 21st century. My extensive reading was grouped into five major categories: Leadership, Mentoring, Marketing, Personal Development, and Continued Learning.

Combining these two thought streams has resulted in Asian Words of Wisdom.

Quotations have always had the power to inspire me. I still have the first book of quotes, phrases and articles I ever received, given to me by my mother over 30 years ago. It has traveled with me over the years as I moved from Las Vegas to Dallas to Singapore and then to Australia.

When I was a child, I even started a collection of quotes on 3×5 index cards and kept them filed in my own personal plastic box. Unfortunately, that box of collections is long gone.

Within this book you will find over 500 motivational quotations and phrases from some of Asia’s leading thinkers: Buddha, Confucius, Mahatma Gandhi, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Konosuke Matushita, Lao-Tsu, Sun-Tzu, and others.

The quotations in Asian Words of Wisdom are catergorized into seven sections, based on my own reflections. But this is not to say that a quotation found in the Marketing section might not be equally valid to you as a Leadership or Personal Development motivational thought.

Buddha, Confucius, and Prophet Mohammed as marketing gurus? Mahatma Gandhi, Lao-Tsu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Ngo Dinh Diem as leadership consultants?

It all depends on how you think and reflect upon their words.

And that’s what I hope you will do as you enjoy this book — reflect upon the words and thoughts of these Asian leaders.

The book my mother gave me, titled Words of Inspiration, was subtitled writings from the past to brighten the present and give promise for the future. My goal for Asian Words of Wisdom is the same. I hope you will find numerous quotations and phrases in Asian Words of Wisdom that brighten your own present and give you, your colleagues, and your families a brighter promise for the future.

Most importantly, I hope the quotations in Asian Words of Wisdom will provide inspiration and motivation for your own growth and development.

As Confucius wrote, to be fond of learning is to be near knowledge.

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