• When a man's willing and eager
    the gods join in.
  • No pressure, no diamonds.
    —Thomas Carlyle
  • Prediction is difficult, especially of the future.
    —Niels Bohr
  • We do not see things as they are, we do not hear things as they are, we hear them as we are.
    —The Talmud
  • Life is about moving, it's about change.
    And when things stop doing that they're dead.
    —Twyla Tharp
  • Prayer without action is no prayer at all.
    —Mother Theresa
  • You will be as small as your controlling desire
    or as great as your dominant aspiration.
    —James Allen
  • The soul never thinks without a picture.
  • We become what we contemplate.
  • A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind
    and won’t change the subject.
    —Winston Churchill
  • I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound
    they make as they fly by.
    —Douglas Adams
  • Chance favours the prepared mind.
    —Louis Pasteur
  • Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
    —Samuel Johnson
  • Smile, breathe and go slowly.
    —Thich Nhat Hanh
  • I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways
    that won’t work.
    —Thomas Edison
  • No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical.
    —Niels Bohr
  • There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
    —Maya Angelou
  • No matter what the rules are, great coaches will always find a way to win.
    —Red Auerbach
  • The best audience is intelligent, well educated and a little drunk.
    —Alben W. Barkley
  • Most of us have lost that sense of unity of biosphere and humanity which would bind and reassure us all with an affirmation of beauty. Most of us do not today believe that whatever the ups and downs of detail within our limited experience, the larger whole is primarily beautiful.
    —Gregory Bateson
  • Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.
    —Henri Bergeson
  • When people asked what happened to my money, I let them know most of it went on women, booze and gambling. The rest, i wasted.
    —George Best
  • The first function of a political leader is advocacy it is he who must make articulate the wants, the frustration, and the aspiration of the masses.
    —Aneurin Bevan
  • There is a difference between interest and commitment when you are interested in doing something you do it only when it is convenient. When you are committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.
    —Ken Blanchard
  • Most executives, many scientists, and almost all business school graduates believe that if you analyze data, this will give you new ideas. Unfortunately, this belief is totally wrong. The mind can only see what it is prepared to see.
    —Edward De Bono
  • The ascent of man is not necessarily made by likeable men but by men with at least two qualities: an immense integrity, and at least a little intelligence.
    —Jacob Bronowski
  • If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
    —Ray Bradbury
  • I believe you are your work. Don't trade the stuff of your life, time, for nothing more than dollars. That's a rotten bargain.
    —Rita Mae Brown
  • The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.
    —Rita Mae Brown
  • This is my depressed stance. When you are depressed it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten your head high because you start to feel better...If you are going to get any joy out of being depressed you have got to stand like this (with your head down).
    —Charlie Brown
  • There is hope in South Africa, and it comes down to the refusal of Nelson Mandela to make his own martyrdom—or the martyrdom of his people—the issue. After twenty-seven years in prison he shows not as hint of bitterness towards his jailors, calling instead for dignity and understanding of the white minority's fear.
    —Stephen Budiansky
  • Life moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around every once in a while, you could miss it.
    —Ferris Bueller
  • What a man is, is the basis of what he dreams and thinks, accepts and rejects, feels and perceives.
    —John Mason Brown
  • In a TV commercial the sale is made or lost in the first 3 or 4 seconds. In a print ad, 75% of the buying decisions are made at the headline alone. In a sales presentation, the sale is made or lost in the first three minutes.
    —John Caples
  • To appreciate heaven well, tis good for a man to have fifteen minutes in hell.
    —Will Carleton
  • If you don't know where you are going how will you know if you get there.
    —Lewis Carroll
  • On being asked why he still practices 5 hours a day at the age of 85, he replied: because I think I am getting better.
    —Pablo Casals
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Welcome to the Critical Business Solutions web site. My name is Jeff Powell and I am the Managing Director. Thank you for your interest on our work and our services. I trust the site proves useful to you.

What We Do

“Whatever you do, or dream, begin it now. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”
—Johann von Goethe

We help Organizations deliver exceptional performance.

Who We Are

We are a dedicated network of world-class organizational advisers who partner with leaders of businesses and communities that aspire to bring the best out of their company, to deliver exceptional results and to meet their performance challenges.

In Focus

  • Critical Business Solutions is pleased to announce some exciting news—we are opening a new regional office in Cape Town, South Africa.
    South Africa adds to Hong Kong, Basel and NY as key regions that our clients and our faculty are focusing on.
    Learn more about our new
    South Africa location.
  • Paul Haupt We are also thrilled to announce that Paul Haupt has joined our faculty to run the work in Africa.

    Paul brings a rich background in Business, Organizational Psychology and Academics.
    View more about Paul
  • Ian Hale We are also delighted to announce that Ian Hale has also joined our faculty.

    Ian is a senior Organisational consultant and has worked on many high profile projects around the world. Ian is based in the UK and will be working on European and Global projects.
    Learn more about Ian


  • $200 million of new business revenue in 12 months
  • 300% increase in leads in 12 months
  • 25% growth in profit in 12 months
  • Reduction of 350+ days from POC to submission
  • Merged venture beat timeline by 3 months

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