Catalyst Quotes

Compiled by Alex Pena ~ ‘Catalyst’: “to spark, to ignite, energize, mobilize; something that accelerates a reaction (DDI)." Thought-provoking & motivational quotes and stories for you to read, reflect on and move forward in making creative and positive changes in your life.

“Getting Unstuck”


“Leaders spend considerable effort gazing across the horizon of time, imagining what it will be like when they have arrived at their final destinations.  Some call it vision; others describe it as a purpose, mission, goal, even personal agenda.  Regardless of what we call it, there is a desire to make sure something happens, to change the way things are, to create something that no one else has ever created before.”     (Kouses & Posner, The Leadership Challenge)



“There are some people who interpret ‘pro-active’ to mean pushy, aggressive, or insensitive; but that isn’t the case at all.  Proactive people aren’t pushy.  They’re smart, they’re value driven, they read reality, and they know what’s needed.  Test the principle of pro-activity for thirty days and see what happens.  Make small commitments and keep them.  Be a light, not a judge.  Be a model, not a critic.  Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.”     (Stephen Covey)



“Most of us are trained to be logical.  When given a problem or roadblock, we try to dig into the facts.  Determine a path based on data.  Argue our case using data.  And when that isn’t working, pile on more data.  Often motivating teams to take the right action requires first doing something else entirely; spending time building a common identity, or picking a common enemy, or gaining a common understanding.  Getting unstuck involves appealing not just to your team’s rational mind, but also to its soul.”      (Unstuck, Keith Yamashita & Sandra Spataro)



“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs.  Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”     (Harold Thurman Whitman)


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