"If the rate of change outside your organization is greater than the rate of change inside your organization, the end is in sight. - Jack Welch
Stephen Covey has a 4-quadrant time management model that actually got me interested in thinking about how I manage my time.
Covey spends a lot of time working with this model and emphasising that we need to aim to spend our time in Quadrant II. This is where you deal with things that are important to your values and goals, but that are not urgent. "If we don't practice Habit 2, if we don't have a clear idea of what is important, of the results we desire in our lives, we are easily diverted into responding to the urgent".
Stephen Covey's quote comes to mind
"We can never really change someone; people must change themselves. We can help. We can be a resource. We can nurture, encourage and support."