15 Lessons from 15 Years

We are Nextions, a global consulting firm specializing in Leadership and Inclusion, and we celebrated our 15th anniversary in 2014! We have been fortunate to work with some of the best companies, firms and organizations in the world, and this is our ode to them and all (or at least some!) of what they have taught us about the joys of living, working, and learning in today’s crazy world. We selected the top 15 lessons we learned over the last 15 years, and just to be characteristically rebellious, we included 5 additional lessons that didn’t officially make it past the professionalism censors.

We are grateful for the gift that each of our clients and everyone in our learning community gives us every day by including us as partners in their leadership and inclusion journeys. This is our loud, colorful, most serious THANK YOU to these amazing teachers!

Think Smarter. Lead Better.

  • Controversial' as we all know, is often a euphemism for 'interesting and intelligent.

    Kevin Smith
  • To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.

    Tony Robbins
  • The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.

    Albert Einstein
  • Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.

    James Surowiecki
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity.They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation -- or a relationship.

    Deborah Tannen
  • In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.

    Audre Lorde
  • Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.

    Mahatma Gandhi
  • Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.

    Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth.

    Theodore Roosevelt
  • Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

    Isaac Asimov
  • There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.

    Michel de Montaigne
  • Differences challenge assumptions.

    Anne Wilson Schaef
  • Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.

    Walter Lippmann
  • When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.

    Charles Evan Hughes
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • I not only use all the brains that I have, but all I can borrow.

    Woodrow Wilson
  • It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.

    Albert Einstein
  • Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.

    Madame De Stael
  • Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.

    Malcolm Forbes
  • Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Diversity creates dimension in the world.

    Elizabeth Ann Lawless
  • The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

    F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs.

    Leo Tolstoy
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • One must even beware of too much certainty that the answer to life's problems can only be found in one way and that all must agree to search for light in the same way and cannot find it in any other way.

    Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Difference of opinion is helpful in religion.

    Thomas Jefferson
  • America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered.

    Louis D. Brandeis