I recently finished teaching what may be my last course for a while, Leadership and Organizational Development, at Michigan State.  As I started to put away my course file, I found some notes I’d jotted down from some student presentations.  Given the timelessness of the quotes, I thought I’d share them with our blog readers:

“Be brief, be brilliant, and be gone.”  — Boss’s advice to one of my students, Josh Dodd,  when he worked for that person

“A fool doesn’t know he’s a fool until he’s slapped like a fool.”  A Kenyan saying shared by Carol Mugo, which is much more eloquent than saying you need to hold up a mirror to a clueless person.


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  • By Jamshid, June 3rd, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Thanks for your nice quotes. But to my disappointment I couldn’t get what the first quote – “Be brief, be brilliant, and be gone.” – actually wants to convey. My problem is with the phrase “be gone”. Though it’s a popular quote among businesspeople, I’d be very thankful to you if you kindly let me know what “be gone” here literally and figuratively means. Needless to say, I’m not a native speaker of English.

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