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.”
-Confucius

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.”
-Confucius

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