The following are some of the key leadership quotes from the Jim Collins session at Catalyst:

  • “The answer is not what happens to you but what are your decisions.”
  • “It begins with people.  Life is people.”
  • “If we get the right ‘whos’ on the bus, we get the right outcomes.”
  • “Try to change every ‘what’ to a ‘who'”
  • “What distinguishes exceptional leaders? – not charisma or force of personality.”
  • “I was just trying to become qualified for the job.” – CEO Darwin Smith
  • “It is not about personality, it is about humility.”
  • “Humility is burning ambition channelled to do good outside yourself.”
  • “Hubris is outrageous arrogance that inflicts suffering on the innocent.”
  • “Bad decisions with good intentions are still bad decisions.”
  • “Fanatic Discipline…self-control in an out of control world.”
  • “Empirical Creativity…marry creativity to empirical practicality.”
  • “True innovation comes from empirical creativity.”
  • “The only mistakes you learn from are ones you survive.”
  • “The signature of mediocrity is chronic inconsistency.”

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