Monthly Archives: January 2015

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.Project Management Lessons from History

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks. 

A kite flies against the wind, not with it. 

It’s no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. 

If you’re going through hell, keep going.

Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes you must do what is required. 

Dogs look up to you, cats look down on you. Give me a pig. He just looks you in the eye and treats you as an equal.

I never worry about action, but only about inaction.

The price of greatness is responsibility.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.

“The Buck Stops here” – Management Lesson from President Truman | Project Management, History, Lessons Learned, Ankit Vaid, Trueman

Popularized by US president Harry Truman. The phrase is based on the metaphorical expression passing the buck, derived from poker gameplay, that came to mean “passing blame”, or absolving oneself of responsibility or concern by denying authority or jurisdiction over a given matter.

in an address at the National War College on December 19, 1952 Mr. Truman said, “You know, it’s easy for the Monday morning quarterback to say what the coach should have done, after the game is over. But when the decision is up before you — and on my desk I have a motto which says The Buck Stops Here’ — the decision has to be made.” In his farewell address to the American people given in January 1953, President Truman referred to this concept very specifically in asserting that, “The President–whoever he is–has to decide. He can’t pass the buck to anybody. No one else can do the deciding for him. That’s his job.

Project Management History Lessons - President Truman - Ankit Vaid Blog

President Truman at his desk

Project Management History Lessons - President Truman - Ankit Vaid Blog

The Buck Stops here !

We managers need to make sure the Buck stops at us or know the right person, create right environment to make the buck stop and take final call.