STEPHEN YOUNG QUOTES

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Questions are far more effective than defensive statements. They do not imply agreement, but they do convey interest and a desire to understand and facilitate an environment for peak performance, a central thread of effective leadership.... The next time someone accuses you of virtually anything, ask some questions. Resolving the situation may take more time, but the outcome will likely be more productive for both of you.

STEPHEN YOUNG, Micro Messaging: Why Great Leadership is Beyond Words

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We allow words to obscure the interpretation of the deeper meaning.

STEPHEN YOUNG, preface, Micro Messaging: Why Great Leadership is Beyond Words

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Ideals and morality are often spoken of as virtual antimatter to the behaviors allegedly needed to maximize profits.

STEPHEN YOUNG, Moral Capitalism: Reconciling Private Interest with the Public Good

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People live up to your expectations, not their potential.

STEPHEN YOUNG, Micro Messaging: Why Great Leadership is Beyond Words

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Moral capitalism is possible; if not, its strictures are only a kind of misleading vanity, the rhetoric of a secular piety.

STEPHEN YOUNG, Moral Capitalism: Reconciling Private Interest with the Public Good

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Micromessaging -- communicating with other human beings through visual, audible, sublingual means, no doubt predates our ability to speak. We actually read micromessages quite naturally without thinking about them. You might say human beings read each other's micromessages subconsciously, in the same way that one dog understands another dog is unfriendly simply because the dog's fur is standing on end. The dogs read each other perfectly. It's not all that different for people.

STEPHEN YOUNG, Micro Messaging: Why Great Leadership is Beyond Words

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A successful business maximizes the present value of future earnings. The first requirement, therefore, of business success is sustainable profits. One-time winnings, in business as in casinos, are disappointing. We expect more from our investments than that.

STEPHEN YOUNG, Moral Capitalism: Reconciling Private Interest with the Public Good

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Capitalism is of this material world; it provides us with the means to live; it empowers us within the known world of sense and human reason. If it is to be measured by a strict standard of holiness, by religious normativity alone, then there can never be a moral capitalism.

STEPHEN YOUNG, Moral Capitalism: Reconciling Private Interest with the Public Good

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Capitalism shares moral ambiguity with democracy. Both systems empower individuals. Both tolerate the application of personal values to life choices individual decision by individual decision from the bottom of society up, and neither imposes a theology, ideology, or agenda of social engineering from the top of society down. Neither moral capitalism nor democracy contemplates final outcomes for people because they are only procedures for the expression of personal power. They have open architecture and innumerable feedback loops built into their system dynamics, and they are most compatible one with the other for both rest on the same fundamental principle of respect for human autonomy and dignity.

STEPHEN YOUNG, Moral Capitalism: Reconciling Private Interest with the Public Good

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