Management Quotes

Adam Smith

The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.
~ Adam Smith

Adam Smith

"The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations."

 No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
~Adam Smith

 Wherever there is great property, there is great inequality.
~Adam Smith

 Goods can serve many other purposes besides purchasing money,but money can serve no other purpose besides purchasing goods.
~Adam Smith

 A merchant, it has been said very properly, is not necessarily the citizen of any particular country.
~Adam Smith

 Nobody ever saw a dog make a fair and deliberate exchange of one bone for another with another dog.
~Adam Smith

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
~Adam Smith

 The first thing you have to know is yourself. A man who knows himself can step outside himself and watch his own reactions like an observer.
~Adam Smith

 Never complain of that of which it is at all times in your power to rid yourself.
~Adam Smith

 It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion
~Adam Smith

 No society can surely be flourishing and happy of which by far the greater part of the numbers are poor and miserable.
~Adam Smith

 Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.
~Adam Smith

 Problems worthy of attacks, prove their worth by hitting back
~Adam Smith

 Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.
~Adam Smith

 Every man lives by exchanging.
~Adam Smith

 Individual Ambition Serves the Common Good.
~Adam Smith

 It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.
~Adam Smith

 Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this - no dog exchanges bones with another.
~Adam Smith

 A nation is not made wealthy by the childish accumulation of shiny metals, but it enriched by the economic prosperity of it's people.
~Adam Smith

 A nation is not made wealthy by the childish accumulation of shiny metals, but it enriched by the economic prosperity of it's people..
~Adam Smith

Abraham Maslow

 Man is a perpetually wanting animal.
~ Abraham Maslow

When all you own is a hammer, every problem starts looking like a nail.
~Abraham Maslow

 If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your life.
~Abraham Maslow

 What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.
~Abraham Maslow

 What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
~Abraham Maslow

 The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.
~Abraham Maslow

 Man is a perpetually wanting animal.
~Abraham Maslow

When people appear to be something other than good and decent, it is only because they are reacting to stress, pain, or the deprivation of basic human needs such as security, love, and self-esteem.
~Abraham Maslow

 Getting used to our blessings is one of the most important non-evil generators of human evil, tragedy and suffering.
~Abraham Maslow

 It seems that the necessary thing to do is not to fear mistakes, to plunge in, to do the best that one can, hoping to learn enough from blunders to correct them eventually.
~Abraham Maslow

 I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.
~Abraham Maslow

 Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature. This need we may call self-actualization.
~Abraham Maslow

 I have learned the novice can often see things that the expert overlooks. All that is necessary is not to be afraid of making mistakes, or of appearing naive.
~Abraham Maslow

 What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
~Abraham Maslow

 You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.
~Abraham Maslow

 Secrecy, censorship, dishonesty, and blocking of communication threaten all the basic needs.
~Abraham Maslow

 Love, safety, belongingness and respect from other people are almost panaceas for the situational disturbances and even for some of the mild character disturbances.
~Abraham Maslow

 One of the goals of education should be to teach that life is precious.
~Abraham Maslow

 The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.
~Abraham Maslow

Akio Morita

 Carefully watch how people live, get an intuitive sense as to what they might want and then go with it. Don't do market research.
~Akio Morita

 Don't be afraid to make a mistake. But make sure you don't make the same mistake twice.
~Akio Morita

 Advertising and promotion alone will not sustain a bad product or a product that is not right for the times.
~Akio Morita

 The most important mission for a Japanese manager is to develop a healthy relationship with his employees, to create a family-like feeling within the corporation, a feeling that employees and managers share the same fate. We will try to create conditions where persons could come together in a spirit of teamwork, and exercise to their heart's desire their technological capacity.
~Akio Morita

 I believe people work for satisfaction. I believe it is a big mistake to think that money is the only way to compensate a person for his work. People need money, but they also want to be happy in their work and proud of it.
~Akio Morita

 The key factor in industry is creativity.
~Akio Morita

 A company will get nowhere if all of the thinking is left to management.
~Akio Morita

 The important thing in my view is not to pin the blame for a mistake on somebody, but rather to find out what caused the mistake.
~Akio Morita

 Think global, act local.
~Akio Morita

We will try to create conditions where persons could come together in a spirit of teamwork, and exercise to their heart's desire their technological capacity.
~Akio Morita

 More people are interested in trying to shuffle paper assets around than building lasting assets by producing real goods.
~Akio Morita

 Executives of the company must have the necessary qualities to direct the personnel by showing them the way to do things.
~Akio Morita

 There is no secret ingredient or hidden formula responsible for the success of the best Japanese companies.
~Akio Morita

 The concept of lifetime employment arose when Japanese managers and employees both realized that they had much in common and that they had to make some long-range plans.
~Akio Morita

 What we in industry learned in dealing with people is that people do not work just for money and that if you are trying to motivate, money is not the most effective tool.
~Akio Morita

 The investor and the employee are in the same position, but sometimes the employee is more important, because he will be there a long time whereas an investor will often get in and out on a whim in order to make a profit.
~Akio Morita

 While the United States has been busy creating lawyers, we have been busier creating engineers.
~Akio Morita

 I believe people work for satisfaction.
~Akio Morita

 To gain profit is important, but you must invest to build up assets that you can cash in in the future.
~Akio Morita


​Alfred Sloan

The business of business is business.
~Alfred Sloan

 If we are all in agreement on the decision - then I propose we postpone further discussion of this matter until our next meeting to give ourselves time to develop disagreement and perhaps gain some understanding of what the decision is all about.%%%
~Alfred Sloan

 Competition is the final price determinant and competitive prices may result in profits which force you to accept a rate of return less than you hoped for, or for that matter to accept temporary losses.
~Alfred Sloan

 If you do it right 51 percent of the time you will end up a hero.
~Alfred Sloan

Alvin Toffler

 The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
~Alvin Toffler

 Change is the process by which the future invades our lives.
~Alvin Toffler

 Change is not merely necessary to life, it is life.
~Alvin Toffler

 Future shock is the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time.
~Alvin Toffler

 Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.
~Alvin Toffler

 It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution.
~Alvin Toffler

Alfred Chandler

 Unless structure follows strategy, inefficiency results.
~Alfred Chandler

Anthony Robbins

 Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!
~Anthony Robbins

 It's not knowing what to do; it's doing what you know.
~Anthony Robbins

 If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.
~Anthony Robbins

 Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.
~Anthony Robbins

 If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you'll achieve the same results.
~Anthony Robbins

 There is always a way-if you're committed.
~Anthony Robbins

 Create a vision and never let the environment, other people's beliefs, or the limits of what has been done in the past shape your decisions. Ignore conventional wisdom.
~Anthony Robbins

 Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
~Anthony Robbins

 In life you need either inspiration or desperation.
~Anthony Robbins

Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions
~Anthony Robbins

 The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
~Anthony Robbins

 Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear.
~Anthony Robbins

 Every problem is a gift - without problems we would not grow.
~Anthony Robbins

 In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.
~Anthony Robbins

 People are not lazy, they simply have impotent goals..that is..goals that do not inspire them.
~Anthony Robbins

 It is your decisions, and not your conditions, that determine your destiny.
~Anthony Robbins

 I've come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.
~Anthony Robbins

 Success in life is the result of good judgement. Good judgement is usually the result of experience. Experience is usually the result of bad judgement.
~Anthony Robbins

 If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.
~Anthony Robbins

 When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.
~Anthony Robbins

 It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It's what we do consistently.
~Anthony Robbins

 People who fail focus on what they will have to go through; people who succeed focus on what it will feel like at the end.
~Anthony Robbins

 How am I going to live today to create the tomorrow I've committed to?
~Anthony Robbins

 The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the quality of your relationships.
~Anthony Robbins

 In life, you need either inspiration or desperation.
~Anthony Robbins

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~Anthony Robbins

 Success is buried on the other side of rejection.
~Anthony Robbins

 For changes to be of any true value, they've got to be lasting and consistent.
~Anthony Robbins

 If you don't set a baseline standard for what you'll accept in life, you'll find it's easy to slip into behaviours and attitudes or a quality of life that's far below what you deserve.
~Anthony Robbins

 If you talk about it, it's a dream, if you envision it, it's possible, but if you schedule it, it's real.
~Anthony Robbins

 Want to learn to eat a lot? Here it is: Eat a little. That way, you will be around long enough to eat a lot.
~Anthony Robbins

 Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant.
~Anthony Robbins

 To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others
~Anthony Robbins

 Goals are like magnets. They'll attract the things that make them come true.
~Anthony Robbins

Arindam Chaudhuri

When regulation is weak, this encourages the players who have strengths in fixing the regulatory system to their own advantage.
~Arindam Chaudhuri

​Just as diamonds are measured by their carat value, humans can be measured by the depth in their personalities, which he said are represented by nine Ps: Passion, Positive Energy, Performance, Perseverance, Personality, People Skills, Perspective, Principles and Patriotism
~Arindam Chaudhuri

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Andrew Carnegie

Concentrate your energies, your thoughts and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket.
~Andrew Carnegie

 As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
~Andrew Carnegie

 Aim for the highest.
~Andrew Carnegie

 There is little success where there is little laughter.
~Andrew Carnegie

 You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb.
~Andrew Carnegie

 Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.
~Andrew Carnegie

 The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it.
~Andrew Carnegie

 Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
~Andrew Carnegie

There is little success where there is little laughter.
~Andrew Carnegie

 And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.
~Andrew Carnegie

 No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.
~Andrew Carnegie

 Every act you have ever performed since the day you were born was performed because you wanted something.
~Andrew Carnegie

 People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.
~Andrew Carnegie

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.
~Andrew Carnegie

 The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.
~Andrew Carnegie

 The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.
~Andrew Carnegie

 Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.
~Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Grove

In Technology, whatever can be done will be done
~Andrew Grove

 You can be the subject of a strategic inflection point but you can also be the cause of one.
~Andrew Grove

 The Lesson is, we all need to expose ourselves to the winds of change
~Andrew Grove

 How can you motivate yourself to continue to follow a leader when he appears to be going around in circles?
~Andrew Grove

 Selectivity - the determination to choose what we will attempt to get done and what we won't - is the only way out of the panic that excessive demands on our time can create.
~Andrew Grove

 It's harder to be the best of class in several fields than in just one
~Andrew Grove

 As we throw ourselves into raw actions, our senses and instincts will rapidly be honed again
~Andrew Grove

 Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.
~Andrew Grove

 Businesses fail either because they leave their customers or because their customer leave them !
~Andrew Grove

 Only the paranoid survive.
~Andrew Grove

 Not all problems have a technological answer, but when they do, that is the more lasting solution.
~Andrew Grove

 Leaders have to act more quickly today. The pressure comes much faster.
~Andrew Grove

Alfred Sloan

There has to be this pioneer, the individual who has the courage, the ambition to overcome the obstacles that always develop when one tries to do something worthwhile, especially when it is new and different.
~Alfred Sloan

Alvin Toffler


 You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgement.
~Alvin Toffler

 One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we'll need a new definition.
~Alvin Toffler

 Most managers were trained to be the thing they most despise - bureaucrats.
~Alvin Toffler

 The next major explosion is going to be when genetics and computers come together. I'm talking about an organic computer - about biological substances that can function like a semiconductor.
~Alvin Toffler

 Technology feeds on itself. Technology makes more technology possible.
~Alvin Toffler

 The great growling engine of change - technology.
~Alvin Toffler

 The Law of Raspberry Jam: the wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets.
~Alvin Toffler

 To think that the new economy is over is like somebody in London in 1830 saying the entire industrial revolution is over because some textile manufacturers in Manchester went broke.
~Alvin Toffler

 Future shock is the dizzying disorientation brought on by the premature arrival of the future.
~Alvin Toffler

 If you don't develop a strategy of your own, you become a part of someone else's strategy.
~Alvin Toffler

 Idea-assassins rush forward to kill any new suggestion on the grounds of its impracticality, while defending whatever now exists as practical, no matter how absurd.
~Alvin Toffler

 The control of knowledge is the crux of tomorrow's worldwide struggle for power in every human institution.
~Alvin Toffler

 The future always comes too fast and in the wrong order.
~Alvin Toffler

 Knowledge is promiscuous. It mates and gives birth to more knowledge.
~Alvin Toffler


Bill Gates

​Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other
~Bill Gates

 Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
~Bill Gates

 Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.
~Bill Gates

 If you can't make it good, at least make it look good.
~Bill Gates

 As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
~Bill Gates

 Life is not fair; get used to it.
~Bill Gates

 Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.
~Bill Gates

 People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn't they? People feared coal, they feared gas-powered engines... There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear. But with time, people will come to accept their silicon masters.%%%
~Bill Gates

I will always chose a lazy person to do a difficult job, because, he will find an easy way to do it.
~Bill Gates

 It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
~Bill Gates

 Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.
~Bill Gates

 The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.
~Bill Gates

 I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.
~Bill Gates

 Expectations are a form of first-class truth: If people believe it, it's true.
~Bill Gates

 I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts.
~Bill Gates

​C. K. Prahalad

The resource allocation task of top management has received too much attention when compared to the task of resource leverage.
~C. K. Prahalad

 Be concerned about due process. People seek fairness—not favors. They want to be heard. They often don't even mind if decisions don't go their way as long as the process is fair and transparent.
~C. K. Prahalad

 An organization's capacity to improve existing skills and learn new ones is the most defensible competitive advantage of all.
~C. K. Prahalad

 Any company that cannot imagine the future won't be around to enjoy it.
~C. K. Prahalad

 Innovation requires speed and stamina along with clarity of direction.
~C. K. Prahalad

 Strategy is about stretching limited resources to fit ambitious aspirations
~C. K. Prahalad

 If your aspirations are not greater than your resources, you're not an entrepreneur. For large companies to be entrepreneurial, they have to create aspirations greater than their resources. ​
~C. K. Prahalad

 The test of a good, powerful piece is when people say,
~C. K. Prahalad

 There is an important distinction between barriers to entry and barriers to imitation.
~C. K. Prahalad

 Assume responsibility for outcomes as well as for the processes and people you work with. How you achieve results will shape the kind of person you become.
~C. K. Prahalad

​​Charles Handy

Instead of a national curriculum for education, what is really needed is an individual curriculum for every child.
~Charles Handy

 The companies that survive longest are the one's that work out what they uniquely can give to the world not just growth or money but their excellence, their respect for others, or their ability to make people happy. Some call those things a soul.
~Charles Handy

 Work is something you do rather than something you go to.
~Charles Handy

 

​Chris Argyris

Managers who are skilled communicators may also be good at covering up real problems.
~Chris Argyris

 Most people define learning too narrowly as mere “problem-solving”, so they focus on identifying and correcting errors in the external environment. Solving problems is important. But if learning is to persist, managers and employees must also look inward. The need to reflect critically on their own behaviour, identify the ways they often inadvertently contribute to the organisation's problems, and then change how they act.
~Chris Argyris

 In fact, people themselves are responsible for making the status quo so resistant to change. We are trapped by our own behavior.
~Chris Argyris

Jack Welch

 Change before you have to.
~Jack Welch

 Control your own destiny or someone else will.
~Jack Welch

 If you don't have a competitive advantage, don't compete.
~Jack Welch

 Strong managers who make tough decisions to cut jobs provide the only true job security in today's world. Weak managers are the problem. Weak managers destroy jobs.
~Jack Welch

 I've learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success.
~Jack Welch

 Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.
~Jack Welch

We know where most of the creativity, the innovation, the stuff that drives productivity lies - in the minds of those closest to the work.
~Jack Welch

 Globalization has changed us into a company that searches the world, not just to sell or to source, but to find intellectual capital - the world's best talents and greatest ideas.
~Jack Welch

 Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while.
~Jack Welch

 Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.
~Jack Welch

 If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.
~Jack Welch

 When you become a leader success is all about growing others.
~Jack Welch

 If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings and put compensation as a carrier behind it you almost don't have to manage them.
~Jack Welch

 I've learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success.
~Jack Welch

 My main job was developing talent. I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull out some weeds, too.
~Jack Welch

 Too often we measure everything and understand nothing.
~Jack Welch

 Speed keeps business and people young.
~Jack Welch

 My job is to find great ideas, exaggerate them, and spread them like hell around the business with the speed of light.
~Jack Welch

 I think winning is great. Not good great. Because when companies win, people thrive and grow. There are more jobs and more opportunities.
~Jack Welch

 Effective mission statements balance the possible and the impossible.
~Jack Welch


Peter Drucker

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
~Peter Drucker

 Management by objectives works if you first think through your objectives. Ninety percent of the time you haven't.
~Peter Drucker

 Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
~Peter Drucker

 Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
~Peter Drucker

 Quality in a product or service is not what the supplier puts in. It is what the customer gets out and is willing to pay for. A product is not quality because it is hard to make and costs a lot of money, as manufacturers typically believe. This is incompetence. Customers pay only for what is of use to them and gives them value. Nothing else constitutes quality.
~Peter Drucker

 The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.
~Peter Drucker

 We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.
~Peter Drucker

 Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.
~Peter Drucker

 The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.
~Peter Drucker

 No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.
~Peter Drucker

 The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager.
~Peter Drucker

 Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.
~Peter Drucker

 Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
~Peter Drucker

Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.
~Peter Drucker

 The best way to predict your future is to create it.
~Peter Drucker

 If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.
~Peter Drucker

 The knowledge that we consider knowledge proves itself in action. What we now mean by knowledge is information in action, information focused on results.
~Peter Drucker

 One cannot buy, rent or hire more time. The supply of time is totally inelastic. No matter how high the demand, the supply will not go up. There is no price for it. Time is totally perishable and cannot be stored. Yesterday's time is gone forever, and will never come back. Time is always in short supply. There is no substitute for time. Everything requires time. All work takes place in, and uses up time. Yet most people take for granted this unique, irreplaceable and necessary resource.
~Peter Drucker



​Shiv Khera

winners see the gain; losers see the pain.
~Shiv Khera

 Winners dont do different things,they do things differently
~Shiv Khera

 Under Adverse conditions - some people break down,some break records
~Shiv Khera

Sumantra Ghoshal

At what rate should a company grow? I think this is a very important issue for senior management. When you talk about sustainable development, it does not apply only to society and the planet. Issues of sustainable development apply to a company's growth. I think that many of the management practices that have evolved over the last two-and-a-half decades have had little regard for concepts like sustainable development. I think they need to be brought back in. If all you want is the superstars, if all you want is the highest-priced earnings ratios and the like, then you create a system that is inherently unstable and will be more likely to unravel in one form or another.
~Sumantra Ghoshal

Stephen Covey

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.
~Stephen Covey

 Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.
~Stephen Covey

 Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
~Stephen Covey

 But until a person can say deeply and honestly, "I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday," that person cannot say, "I choose otherwise.
~Stephen Covey

 I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
~Stephen Covey

 Start with the end in mind.
~Stephen Covey

 To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.
~Stephen Covey

 The way we see the problem is the problem.
~Stephen Covey

 Strength lies in differences, not in similarities
~Stephen Covey

 It's not what happens to us, but our response to what happens to us that hurts us.
~Stephen Covey

 We are free to choose our actions, . . . but we are not free to choose the consequences of these actions.
~Stephen Covey

 Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.
~Stephen Covey

 Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win/Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
~Stephen Covey

 At some time in your life, you probably had someone believe in you when you didn't believe in yourself.
~Stephen Covey

 Words are like eggs dropped from great heights. You could no more call them back then ignore the mess they left when they fell.
~Stephen Covey

 The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
~Stephen Covey

 Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do).
~Stephen Covey

 Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education.
~Stephen Covey

 Courage isn't absent of fear, it is the awareness that something else is important
~Stephen Covey

 To know and not to do is really not to know.
~Stephen Covey

 There's no better way to inform and expand you mind on a regular basis than to get into the habit of reading good literature.
~Stephen Covey

 People simply feel better about themselves when they’re good at something.
~Stephen Covey

 Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.
~Stephen Covey

 The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
~Stephen Covey

 To Retain those who are present, be loyal to those who are absent.
~Stephen Covey

 Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it / immediately.
~Stephen Covey

 We must look at the lens through we see the world, as well as the world we see, and that the lens itself shapes how we interpret the world.
~Stephen Covey

 Involve people in the problem and work out the solution together.
~Stephen Covey

 Interdependence is a choice only independent people can make
~Stephen Covey

 We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions
~Stephen Covey

 Doing the right things for the right reason in the right way is the key to Quality of Life!
~Stephen Covey

 The enemy of the "best" is often the "good."
~Stephen Covey

 Live, love, laugh, leave a legacy.
~Stephen Covey

Tom Peters

If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade.
~Tom Peters

 Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.
~Tom Peters

 Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders.
~Tom Peters

 If you're not confused, you're not paying attention.
~Tom Peters

 Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
~Tom Peters

 Communication is everyone's panacea for everything.
~Tom Peters

 The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.
~Tom Peters

 Good managers have a bias for action.
~Tom Peters

 Winners must learn to relish change with the same enthusiasm and energy that we have resisted it in the past.
~Tom Peters

 Everyone has a chance to learn, improve, and build up their skills.
~Tom Peters

 Formula for success: under promise and over deliver.
~Tom Peters

 Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence—only in constant improvement and constant change.
~Tom Peters

 Train everyone lavishly, you can't overspend on training.
~Tom Peters

 Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.
~Tom Peters

Unknown

 A minute saved at the start is just as effective as one saved at the end.
~Unknown

 A problem shared is a buck passed.
~Unknown

 A project as not over until the fat cheque is cashed.
~Unknown

 A project gets a year late one day at a time.
~Unknown

 A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.
~Unknown

 Schedule - cost - quality: you can have any two.
~Unknown

 If an IT project works the first time, it is wrong.
~Unknown

 If it wasn't for the 'last minute', nothing would get done.
~Unknown

 If project content is allowed to change freely the rate of change will exceed the rate of progress.
~Unknown

 If you don't attack the risks, the risks will attack you.
~Unknown

 Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal.
~Unknown

 There are no good project managers - only lucky ones.
~Unknown

 To estimate a project, work out how long it would take one person to do it then multiply that by the number of people on the project.
~Unknown

 The first 90% of a project takes 90% of the time the last 10% takes the other 90%.
~Unknown

 Warning: dates in the calendar are closer than you think.
~Unknown

 Never put off until tomorrow what you can put off until the day after.
~Unknown

 Nothing is impossible for the person who doesn't have to do it.
~Unknown

Vijay Govindarajan

Strategy used to be about protecting existing competitive advantage, but not any more. Today it is about finding the next advantage.
~Vijay Govindarajan

 Strategic actions fit into three separate boxes: Box 1 is all about managing the present and improving the current business; Box 2 involves selectively abandoning the past; and Box 3 contains the keys to creating the future.
~Vijay Govindarajan

 Organizations are almost always more powerful than individuals. Strategic experiments are likely to fail if the company relies solely on the heroism of a hypertalented individual, even one who has a great idea and is backed by a gifted senior executive champion.
~Vijay Govindarajan

 Conflicts in an organization can be healthy but you must know how to manage them
~Vijay Govindarajan

 We must think of innovation as doing a lot more for a lot less (money) for a lot more (people).
~Vijay Govindarajan

Warren Buffet

"Rule No. 1: never lose money; rule No. 2: don't forget rule No. 1"
~Warren Buffet

 Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. And if they insist on trying to time their participation in equities, they should try to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy only when others are fearful.
~Warren Buffet

 It's far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.
~Warren Buffet

 Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls-Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.
~Warren Buffet

 You don't need to be a rocket scientist. Investing is not a game where the guy with the 160 IQ beats the guy with 130 IQ.
~Warren Buffet

 After all, you only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out.
~Warren Buffet

 Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
~Warren Buffet

 I try to buy stock in businesses that are so wonderful that an idiot can run them. Because sooner or later, one will.
~Warren Buffet

 In fact, when we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever.
~Warren Buffet

 I always knew I was going to be rich. I don't think I ever doubted it for a minute.
~Warren Buffet

 The fact that people will be full of greed, fear or folly is predictable. The sequence is not predictable.
~Warren Buffet

 Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.
~Warren Buffet

 Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing.
~Warren Buffet

 If a business does well, the stock eventually follows.
~Warren Buffet

 Most people get interested in stocks when everyone else is. The time to get interested is when no one else is. You can’t buy what is popular and do well.
~Warren Buffet

 In the business world, the rear-view mirror is always clearer than the wind-shield.
~Warren Buffet

 The best thing that happens to us is when a great company gets into temporary trouble…We want to buy them when they’re on the operating table.
~Warren Buffet

 Long ago, Ben Graham taught me that ‘Price is what you pay; value is what you get.’ Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down.
~Warren Buffet

 Time is the friend of the wonderful business, the enemy of the mediocre.
~Warren Buffet

 Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.
~Warren Buffet

 There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don't like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn't that a little like saving up sex for your old age?
~Warren Buffet

 You can't produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.
~Warren Buffet

 When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results.
~Warren Buffet

 You know ... you keep doing the same things and you keep getting the same result over and over again.
~Warren Buffet

 What the wise do in the beginning, fools do in the end.
~Warren Buffet

 Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.
~Warren Buffet

Warren Bennis

The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.
~Warren Bennis

 Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.
~Warren Bennis

 You need people who can walk their companies into the future rather than back them into the future.
~Warren Bennis

 The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.
~Warren Bennis

 Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right.
~Warren Bennis

 The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
~Warren Bennis

 Taking charge of your own learning is a part of taking charge of your life, which is the sine qua non in becoming an integrated person.
~Warren Bennis

 There is a profound difference between information and meaning.
~Warren Bennis

 The manager has his eye on the bottom line; the leader has his eye on the horizon.
~Warren Bennis

 Leaders should always expect the very best of those around them. They know that people can change and grow.
~Warren Bennis

 Leaders know the importance of having someone in their lives who will unfailingly and fearlessly tell them the truth.
~Warren Bennis

 Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.
~Warren Bennis

Walter Disney

Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.
~Walter Disney

 If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.
~Walter Disney

 All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
~Walter Disney

 It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
~Walter Disney

 The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.
~Walter Disney

 No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true.
~Walter Disney

 Whether you say you can't or you can, you're right.
~Walter Disney

 A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you're fast asleep.
~Walter Disney

 Our greatest national resource is the minds of our children.
~Walter Disney

 The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
~Walter Disney

 I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained
~Walter Disney

 Keep Moving Forward
~Walter Disney

 Think, Believe, Dream, and Dare.
~Walter Disney

 If you can dream it, you can do it.
~Walter Disney

 Let your heart guide you...it whispers so listen closely.
~Walter Disney

 Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it's done right.
~Walter Disney

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