My Favorite Management Mottos (Hans van Nes)

I was asked the same question as Hans Lodder of listing my favorite management books. My answer was that there are good bad and stupid remarks in any book. 'In general I would say a few important things to remember and lot to forget. Those things that really stick become often a theme or motto in your daily business life. These are my favorites.

First an apology. It is sometimes hard to remember where an original quote was picked up and from whom so I mention most stuff without a source and bow deeply for those who inspired me to lend and reuse their ideas.

Make money, have fun!

Make money, have fun, a motto which for me is a given thing. Iif you don't enjoy at least a big portion of what you are doing dont do it at all! Just making money helps superficially. The more you earn the more you spend but energy levels rise when you like what you are doing.

Life is a shade of gray

Life is a shade of gray, in other words there is no pure black or white in any situation. No 100% good or bad. The position from which you look upon a matter, role, or angle will give a different illumination and this another shade of gray for me.

80 / 20 rule

Its also the adaption of the 80/20 rule. Strive for a realistic optimum, not perfection.

There is no such thing as coincidence

There's no such thing as coincidence and I should maybe add it just an outcome of a process we were not aware off.
Probably coincidence is the most used word in quotes anyway. Personally I think all things happen for a logical reason and to understand and act correctly towards things that happen we always should try to either find the reason or accept the uncertainty that you can't find it. The answer is 42 obvious from the famous trilogy in four parts "the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy" by Douglas Adams. For me it symbolizes that asking the right question is more important than the actual given or resulting answer. There is no bad choice apart from making no choice.
We live here and now and we should act here and now. Take decisions with the appropriate time of consideration and start acting if in hindsight the decision was wrong or not the best. Accept it, try to repair it, and take your next decisions with the added knowledge you gained.

Of course, every motto can be seen as a trivial thing and be made ridiculous, scientifically busted, or covered with a religious sauce. My answer is simple: my personal motto's both describe me as a person and help me make choices, nothing more and nothing less. I hope you read them with a mixture of recognition and a smile for the purists.

Yes, my motto's are strongly interrelated again: no coincidence I would say. By the way, I just realized I do have my favorite management book of all times: "The book of answers" by Carol Bolt, an artist from Seattle. Personally, I think it is the ultimate survival kit for any manager! As always, let me know your thoughts! hans.van.nes@solution-brokers.com