1. Most trainers are well-intentioned individuals and provide training with a plethora of individual-level interventions designed to help the individual adjust to his or her role in the overseas context. More often than not, these…are at odds with the overall organizational strategy.
Rabi S. Bhagat (b. 1950) Indian business author. “Cross-cultural Training in Organizational Contexts,” Handbook of Intercultural Training (coedited with Dan Landis, cowritten with Kristin O. Prien; 1996)
2. It takes less time to put up a factory than to train men of competence to run it.
Indira Gandhi (1917-84) Indian prime minister. Speech (April 13, 1968)
3. In the digital age you need to make knowledge workers out of every employee possible.
Bill Gates (b. 1955) U.S. entrepreneur, chairman and C.E.O. of Microsoft. Business @ the Speed of Thought (cowritten with Collins Hemingway; 1999)
4. I see nothing to suggest that he trends…toward increased demand for conceptual skills in our workforce will end. The rapidity of innovation and the unpredictability of the directions it may take imply a need for considerable investment in human capital.
Alan Greenspan (b. 1929) U.S. economist and chairman of U.S. Federal Reserve Board.Speech to the National Governors’ Association 92nd Annual Meeting, State College, Pennsylvania. “Structural Change in the New Economy” (July 11, 2000)
5. There is too much education altogether.
William S. Paley (1901-90) U.S. founder of Columbia Broadcasting Corporation. The World As I See It (1949)
6. Education and training are decisive, and the single greatest long-term leverage point available to all levels of government.
Michael Porter (b. 1947) U.S. strategist. The Competitive Advantage of Nations (1990)
7. I must say that acting was good training for the political life that lay ahead of us.
Nancy Reagan (b. 1921) U.S. actor and former first lady. Nancy (1980)
8. I used to always say, “I never went to business school and I never read a business book.” But now I think maybe I should have read a few.
Oprah Winfrey (b. 1945) U.S. talk show host, actor, and business executive. Quoted in Oprah Winfrey Speaks (Janet Lowe; 1998)