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September 13, 2007

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Samuel Patrick

Interesting part of this story is that there were many people before Alexander who had tried fruitlessly to untie the knot in traditional way by trying to find it's end. Alexander was called Aleaxander the Great because he thought diffrently and had courage to act that way.

Kuldip

Yes, this is the type of decisive and risk taking leadership that many organizations need. What is the ultmiate objective vs getting bogged down in following traditions. In my company, we recently discovered that we were following a rule that was established by a former director in mid 80s. It was no longer benefical but no body had bothered to question and blindly following until our New Vive President cut the cord.

Bhasker Patel

This is excellent.

CT

Hi In this era, the statement could be "If you do what you have always done, you will get LESS THAN what you have always gotten." While we stand still, others could have overtaken us.

Douglas Monen

Does anyone have all the words to the poem listed? If you always do what you've always done then you'll always get what you always got, if you always get what you always got then you'll always be who you've always been. This is as far as I could get, I know theres more lines. can anyone help me?

FridayReflections

The quote "If you do what you've always done ... " is from Zig Ziglar. I think it's also in an Aerosmith song! Not sure about the original poem though. Thanks Douglas, I'll look it up.

Ronan MacParland

Here's a little compilation that I made to expand on that idea...

If you always believe what you’ve always believed
You will always think what you've always thought,

If you always think what you've always thought
You will always feel the way you’ve always felt

If you always feel the way you’ve always felt
You will always do what you've always done.

If you always do what you've always done,
You will always get what you've always got.

If you always get what you've always got.
Then you will always think what you have always thought.

And…

You will always be who you’ve always been

If you always are the way you are now
Then you will never be who you want to become
And you will never do what you want to see done

For without change there is no change

- Socrates, Danny Graham, Me

Kevin

Full poem:

If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten.

If you always get what you've always gotten, then you'll always be who you've always been.

If you always are who you've always been, then you'll always think what you've always thought.

If you always think what you've always thought, then you'll always feel what you've always felt.

If you always feel what you've always felt, then you always do what you've always done...

[And the cycle continues...]

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