Chapter Quotes

Each of the fourteen principles of the Jazz Process is described in a chapter in the Jazz Process book with each chapter opening with a sage quote. These nuggets of wisdom are collected below:

1. Use Just Enough Rules

“Bureaucracy is the death of all sound work.”
-Albert Einstein

2. Employ Top Talent

“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.”
-Oscar Wilde

3. Put the Team First

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”
-Babe Ruth

4. Build Trust and Respect

“In any organization, trust must be developed among every member of the team if success is going to be achieved.”
-Mike Krzyzewski

5. Commit with Passion

“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”

6. Listen for Change

“A good hockey player plays where the puck is; a great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”
-Wayne Gretzky

7. Lead on Demand

“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”
-Mother Teresa

8. Act Transparently

“The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness.”
-Herbie Hancock

9. Make Contributions Count

“Always count the cost.”
-American proverb

10. Reduce Friction

“Friction, as we choose to call it, is the force that makes the apparently easy so difficult.”
-Carl von Clausewitz

11. Maintain Momentum

“It does not matter how slow you go, so long as you do not stop.”

12. Stay Healthy

“Health is not valued till sickness comes.”
-Thomas Fuller

13. Exchange Ideas

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”
-George Bernard Shaw

14. Take Measured Risks

“Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.”
-Frederick B. Wilcox