Alison Levine

Looking for inspiration? Motivation? Are you finding the challenges ahead of you similar to climbing Mt. Everest? If so, then you need Alison Levine in your life.

Who is Alison Levine? 

Well, we are glad you asked. According to, she holds the following titles

Adventurer. Explorer. Mountaineer. NY Times Bestselling Author. Leadership Advisor. Beer Muse. Filmmaker. Story-teller. Dog-lover. Empowerer. Knowledge-sharer. Challenge-taker. Boundary-breaker. Growth-enabler. Impact-maker. Game-changer.

First of all, Alison Levine is a polar explorer and mountaineer. For example, Alison made history serving as captain of the first U.S. Women’s Mt. Everest Expedition team.

She also climbed the highest peak of each continent as well as skied both the North and South Poles (otherwise know as the Adventure Grand Slam).

In addition, Alison is a leadership expert. Alison brings a diverse background of experience not only as an adventurer but also……

  • Worked for Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs
  • Served as deputy finance director for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s successful bid as Governor of California 
  • Spent four years as an adjunct professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership
  • Serves as a strategic advisor at the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point
  • Founder of the Climb High Foundation 
  •  Served as a Senior Fellow at the Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics at Duke University

For additional info, here is an awesome article about Alison from Forbes: What Polar Explorer Alison Levine Knows About Leadership That Corporate Managers Don’t

Alison has also built an incredibly successful career as a dynamic keynote speaker on leadership and teamwork.

However, don’t take our word for it. Let us introduce you to Alison Levine by checking out her amazing Ted Talk: 

Alison Levine “On The Edge”Alison Levine

Believe it or not, Alison also found the time to become a New York Times Bestselling author. 

Looking for an incredible book with a 5 star rating? Need some inspiration and motivation? Seeking new ideas and strategies to enhance your leadership skills? 

Well, look no further. Alison Levine wrote the book for you: “On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Mount Everest and Other Extreme Environments”.

“On The Edge” is truly a must read book. Especially for anyone in a leadership role. 

You will find Alison’s stories fascinating, exhilarating, and inspiring.

She does an amazing job describing every detail from each adventure. With reading each page, Alison makes you feel the extreme cold while climbing terrifying heights. However, she still finds the courage to continue on taking each painful step. For example, she finds herself violently ill on a climb, yet still accomplishes her goal of reaching the peak (you need to buy the book to find out what happens).

Alison Levine on Complacency 

  • “…mountaineering, business, leadership, and life: fear is fine, but complacency will kill you. Don’t ever beat yourself up for feeling scared or intimidated. Fear is a natural human emotion, and it’s a strong survival instinct that keeps us alert and aware of our surroundings.”
  • “Avoiding complacency isn’t just about keeping yourself in check; it also means watching out for all of your teammates.” 
  • “Ironically, complacency is a risk that skyrockets when things are going well—when you feel safe enough.”
  • “You’ll never improve your skills if you keep following your standard route. And getting out of your comfort zone is not enough; you must take it a step further and learn to be comfortable with discomfort. This is an important part of leader development”

To learn more about Alison’s theory, check out her article about complacency: Fear is fine. But complacency will kill you.

Alison Levine on Leadership

  • “Leadership is everyone’s responsibility. It is not solely the responsibility of the C-level executives or the management team within an organization. We are all in a position to proactively work toward having a positive effect on the people around us. Everyone in an organization is responsible for helping to move forward with the mission; but in addition, all employees/ teammates/ people must realize it is also their responsibility to look out for the people on either side of them.”
  • “You want to get out on the route with people who are better and stronger than you are; you yourself can become better and stronger by observing others who are more experienced and more skilled.”
  • “Weak colleagues are not hard to identify. I don’t want to be cruel here, but let’s face it: there’s always that one person who seems to show up on every team—you know, the person everyone else secretly wishes would quit, transfer to another division, or get trapped under something heavy. These people, to put it bluntly, are liabilities in terms of the job you are trying to do. They lag behind, drag everybody else down, and hinder progress.”
  • She continues, “If only they could perform at a higher level, or be smarter, or work more efficiently—or, even better, just go away—the entire team would be so much more productive. And happier! And although it may be painful to even imagine this, there could even be a time when, in fact, you might be the one who can’t cut it—when you are the person everyone else wishes would just go away, even if you are trying your hardest.”

Wrapping It Up

These quotes just scratch the surface of the energy, enthusiasm as well as brilliant insight that Alison offers in her book.

Rather you are climbing new heights, tackling tough challenges, or seeking exciting adventures, Alison Levine delivers outstanding guidance and advice on how to reach success.

Bottom line: we strongly recommend grabbing a copy of “On the Edge” today! 

Also, check out this outstanding article: Business Lessons from Mount Everest: Why Taking a Step Back Can Sometimes Be Better Than Pushing Ahead

After reading this amazing book, you will be motivated and equipped to conquer whatever goal you set for yourself. 

By the way, Alison suffers from Raynaud’s disease, which  causes the arteries that feed her fingers and toes to collapse in cold weather. This leaves her extremely susceptible to frostbite.

Think about that for a minute. So what does she do? She simply becomes one of the greatest extreme weather adventurers in American history. Well done Alison! 

Lastly, to keep up to date on her adventures, follow Alison (& Trooper – her beautiful black lab) on Twitter.

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Consultants Who Impacted Manufacturing

Manufacturers commonly rely on consultants to help advance their business strategies.

Let’s take a step back in time to look at several legendary business consultants.

Three prominent management consultants from the 20th century who left a lasting legacy include W. Edwards Deming, Peter Drucker and Tom Peters.

As a business logistics major in college during the 1990’s, these individuals appeared frequently as hot topics throughout business classes.

Each of these three consultants found international success with their influence as well as pioneering ideas on business management practices

In particular, each of these individuals left a significant impact on manufacturers. Even today, all three consultants continue to heavily influence decisions at our company.

W. Edwards Deming

W. Edwards Deming is considered by many to be the master of continual improvement of quality, as well as overall operation efficiency.

In June 1980, the acclaimed documentary “If Japan Can, Why Can’t We” reintroduced Dr. Deming to America. He quickly became the voice of quality and sparked the quality revolution.

Deming consulted with clients such as Ford, Xerox and Proctor & Gamble.

In particular, Deming played a major role in the resurgence of the American automobile industry in the late 1980’s. Below includes several of our favorite quotes from Deming:

  • “A Bad System Will Beat a Good Person Every Time”
  • “Two basic rules of life are: 1) Change is inevitable. 2) Everybody resists change.”
  • “Eighty-five percent of the reasons for failure are deficiencies in the systems and process rather than the employee. The role of management is to change the process rather than badgering individuals to do better.”

Peter Drucker


Another consultant from the 20th century who left a lasting legacy includes Peter Drucker.

Peter Drucker, commonly referred to as the “father of management“, authored 39 books. Above all, he wrote 30 books AFTER the age of 60. That’s inspiration!

The impressive Drucker client list included a line up of corporate giants such as Sears, IBM, GM, GE, Intel, Coca-Cola, and Proctor & Gamble. 

Furthermore, Drucker delivered ground breaking views on motivation, efficiency and time management.

He is also credited with coining the term “knowledge worker“.

Check out this fantastic article about Peter Drucker from the Harvard Business Review: What Peter Drucker Knew About 2020.

Drucker’s books serve not only corporate warriors, but also entrepreneurs as well.

For example, his 1985 book “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” deserves the role as mandatory reading for every entrepreneur.

Below includes a list of the many incredible quotes from Peter Drucker:

  • “Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right.”
  • “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”
  • “There is nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency something that should not be done at all.”
  • “Results are gained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.”
  • “So much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work.”
  • “Meetings are by definition a concession to a deficient organization. For one either meets or one works. One cannot do both at the same time.”

Tom Peters

Lastly, Tom Peters co-authored one of the greatest business books of all time, “In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies”. This book served as required reading for business majors in the 1990’s.

Tom Peters client list includes the Hersey Company, Rolls-Royce Aerospace, Texas Instruments and the U.S. Army.

Several excellent quotes from Tom Peters include:

Wrapping It Up

Finally, thanks for reading our post on 20th management consultants.

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Being an entrepreneur requires a consistent positive attitude. You need your game face on at all times. Display constant determination. Maintain a laser focus. Especially during stressful periods and even when a bad day occurs. We all need to remain upbeat. Sometimes we just need words of wisdom like inspiring business quotes to put us back on track.
Inspiring Business Quotes

Inspiring Business Quotes Help Conquer Tough Times

Who doesn’t love quotes of inspiration and motivation?

For example:

Of course, one of the classic motivational speeches of all time comes from Bluto (John Belusi) in the 1978 movie “Animal House”.

Bluto: “What? Over? Did you say ‘over’? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!… It ain’t over now, ’cause when the goin’ gets tough, (long pause)….the tough get goin’. Who’s with me? Let’s go! Come on!…”(He ran to the front door but no one followed him). If you grew up in the 70’s, this scene may bring a smile to your face.

Anyway, some great business quotes serve not only as an excellent source of inspiration but they also help put things in perspective during challenging times.

Serving as a U.S. manufacturer since 1985, we targeted our list of favorite business quotes from entrepreneurs who helped revolutionized their industries.

Henry FordBusiness Quotes

Henry Ford is a must for any list of favorite business quotes. In particular, Ford was known for his insightful one-liners. Henry Ford delivered a wealth of outstanding quotes:

  • “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses.”
  • “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
  • “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.”
  • “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”
  • “Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.”
  • “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.”
  • “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs needs little introduction. Technology visionary. Computer pioneer. Inventor. Entrepreneur. Massive success. Co-founder of Apple. He also revolutionized the cartoon industry with Pixar. Steve Jobs died way too young in 2011. Below include a few favorites:

John D. RockefellerRockefeller

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you here the name Rockefeller? Most likely, money and wealth.

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John D. Rockefeller achieved great heights of unimaginable wealth. Rockefeller founded The Standard Oil Company in the 19th century.

Wrapping It Up 

Thank you for reading our post on Inspiring Business Quotes. Hopefully you found a quote or two insightful. Even applicable to your business.

What are some of your favorites?

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Why Thomas Edison Quotes

The Thomas Edison Legacy stands as not only one of the greatest inventors in history but also a brilliant entrepreneur. As such there are so many Thomas Edison quotes that still apply to today’s society. Being an electronics manufacturer, Thomas Edison holds a special place in our hearts here at Falconer Electronics.

Below we have compiled our  Favorite Thomas Edison Quotes into helpful categories: Success, Failure, Hard Work, Learning, and Friendship. All of which everyone can relate to. Whether you are in your dream job or looking for advancement there is an Edison quote that will encourage you to keep looking forward. Also, Edison often encouraged the idea of never giving up. Especially when things are not going how you planned.

Thomas Edison Quotes

Thomas Edison Quotes on Success

  • The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.
  • Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
  • To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
  • Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.
  • There’s a way to do it better – find it.
  • Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.
  • Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.
  • One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But… I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
  • Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.
  • When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.

Failure Quotes

  • Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.
  • I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
  • Never get discouraged if you fail. Learn from it. Keep trying.
  • Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless.
  • Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
  • Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
  • Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
  • I start where the last man left off.

Thomas Edison Quotes on Hard Work

  • There is no substitute for hard work.
  • If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.
  • What you are will show in what you do.
  • Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
  • If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.
  • What you are will show in what you do.
  • I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.
  • Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends, there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
  • Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
  • I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
  • Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged.
  • Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!
  • There is far more opportunity than there is ability.

Quotes About Learning

  • Learn with both your head and hands.
  • Not everything of value in life comes from books- experience the world.
  • Never stop learning. Read the entire panorama of literature.
  • Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.
  • Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
  • The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.
  • The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.
  • To have a great idea, have a lot of them.
  • The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
  • Great ideas originate in the muscles.

Friendship Quotes

  • I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
  • There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.

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Want to learn more about Thomas Edison? You can look at our other blogs! Facts You May Not Know About the Thomas Edison FamilyInventions of Thomas Edison: Successes and Failures, and The History of Thomas Edison’s Life.

Also, do you know about Mina Miller Edison? She was Thomas’ wife. You can check out our blogs on her achievements: Mina Miller Edison’s Family LifeMina Miller Edison: Much More Than Just Thomas Edison’s Wife, and Happy 153rd Birthday Mina Miller Edison: July 6, 1865.

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