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Inspirational Quotes About Management

Inspiring Quotes About Management
Read inspirational quotes about Management from the more successful men and women of business.

Alfred P. Sloan, Jr.

"Even an embryo manager must have learned how to arouse the individual initiative of the men working with him."

"We do not issue orders.  I have never issued an order since I have been the operating head of this corporation."

"Policies should be performed by the men who make them... A group of men who have invented a policy together understand the policy."

"Of all business activities, 99% are routine.  They do not require management attention except in the aggregate."

John L. McCaffrey

"You will learn to your sorrow that, while a drill press never sulks and a drop hammer never gets jealous of other drop hammers, the same cannot be said for people."

"You will discover that problems change rapidly, techniques change rapidly, products can be transformed in a period of months; but, unfortunately, people change slowly if at all."

"The President of a modern company often seems to me like the ringmaster of a thirty-ring circus.  We sit at our desks all day, while around us whiz and gyrate a vast number of special activities, some of which we only dimly understand."

"The man in the middle of the management pyramid, however; neither makes the decisions nor carries them out... He often feels, and he frequently says, that he is just a high-priced office boy."

Lee Iacocca

"If you make believe that ten guys in pin-striped suits are back in a kindergarten class playing with building blocks, you'll get a rough picture of what life in a corporation is like."

"The big fuss about consensus management is another issue that boils down to a lot of noise about not much... they talk a lot about consensus, but there's always one guy behind the scenes who ends up making the tough decisions."

"If I've got fault, it's probably that I manage handso0n too much.  You shouldn't get so antsy that your people don't even have time to find out where the bathroom is."

Andrew S. Grove

"How you handle your own time is, in my view, the single most important aspect of being a role model and leader."

"I have to confess that the type of information most useful to me, and I suspect most useful to all managers, comes from quick, often causal conversational exchanges."

"Information gathering is the basis of all other managerial work, which is why I choose to spend so much of my day doing it."

"Much has been said and written about a manager's need to be a leader:  The fact is, no single managerial activity can be said to constitute leadership, and nothing leads as well as example."

"When I look at my schedule, I don't see any obvious patterns.  I deal with things in seemingly random fashion, and my day always ends when I'm tired, not when I'm done.  A manager's work is never done."

David E. Lilienthal

"The Manager-leader would combine in one personality the robust, realistic quality of the man of action with the insight of the artist, the religious leader; the poet,..."

"The objectives of management is the moving of man's mind and will and imagination."

Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

"I never varied from the managerial rule that the worst possible thing we could do would be to lie dead in the water with any problem.  Solve it, solve it quickly, solve it right or wrong."

"My most important contribution to IBM was my ability to pick strong and intelligent men and then hold the team together by persuasion, by apologies, by financial incentives, by speeches, by chatting with their wives..., and by using every tool at my command to make that team think that I was a decent guy."

"I never hesitated to promote someone I didn't like... I looked for those sharp, scratchy, harsh, almost unpleasant guys who see and tell you about things as they really are."

"You would be surprised how primitive our training methods were up until the late 1950s.  We had our sales school and machine school, but nothing to teach a man how to be someone's boss.  A branch manager would call a salesmen in and say, "You're promoted to assistant manager:  Be careful with people, don't swear; and wear a white shirt."

"A business is sort of dictatorship.  You have the antitrust laws that tell you what you can do, and you know you shouldn't be a thief.  But the top man has wide discretion."

Sam Walton

"Commit to your business.  Believe in it more than anybody else.  I think I overcame every single one of my personal shortcomings by the sheer passion I brought to my work."

"Communicate everything you possibly can to your partners... If you don't trust your associates to know what's going on, they'll know you don't really consider them partners."

"Control your expenses better than you competition.  This is where you can always find the competitive advantage."

"Swim upstream.  Go the other way.  Ignore the conventional wisdom."

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