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We call ourselves a “capacity building” organization; self-motivated and self-initiated capacity building. For example, in 30 years, I don’t think I have signed a check for the company.
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh - Employee - Motivational - Management - Companies - Leadership

I think you have to work with people, and when I talk about managing relationships, don’t think the derogatory ‘‘managed relationships’’. It is a question of sharing emotion and feelings. The common denominator of everything can’t be money, and it should not be money.
Anil Ambani - Work - Management - Money - People

People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn't make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps.
Mary Kay Ash - Companies - Assets - Management

When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding management, our favorite holding period is forever.
Warren Buffet - Long Term Investing - Business - Management

Whenever there is a hard job to be done I assign it to a lazy man; he is sure to find an easy way of doing it.
Walter Chrysler - Hard Work -
Lazy - Management

Smart people instinctively understand the dangers of entrusting our future to self-serving leaders who use our institutions.. whether in the corporate or social sectors.. to advance their own interests.
Jim Collins - Smart - Society - Understanding - Leadership - Management

If we allow the celebrity rock-star model of leadership to triumph, we will see the decline of corporations and institutions of all types. The twentieth century was a century of greatness, but we face the very real prospect that the next century will see very few enduring great institutions.
Jim Collins - Management - Famous - Leadership - Great

I think the most important CEO task is defining the course that the business will take over the next five or so years. You have to have the ability to see what the business environment might be like a long way out, not just over the coming months. You need to be able to both set a broad direction, and also to take particular decisions along the way that make that broad direction unfold correctly.
Chris Corrigan - Management - Decisions - Business
- Planning - CEO

I'm a firm believer that to really understand a business takes years, not months. As an investment analyst you think you understand a business from the outside, but the reality is that, once you are inside, you can go on learning for five or ten years.
Chris Corrigan - Management - Business - Investing
- Learning

I was always acting primarily with shareholder interests in mind. It's also true I've always had a fairly moralistic attitude to business, and would not do anything that I considered improper. As a consequence, I have occasionally pursued issues during my career that other people might have avoided.
Chris Corrigan - Management - Stocks - Business
- Challenges - Job

There are managers so preoccupied with their e-mail messages that they never look up from their screens to see what's happening in the nondigital world.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - Management
- Internet - Technology

In knowledge-intensive business settings, where every manager has to oversee massive amounts of information as well as people, facilitating the use of psychic energy becomes a primary concern.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - Management
- Knowledge - People

In large organizations the dilution of information as it passes up and down the hierarchy, and horizontally across departments, can undermine the effort to focus on common goals.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - Companies
- Management - Focus - Goals

The most efficient way to produce anything is to bring together under one management as many as possible of the activities needed to turn out the product.

Peter Drucker
- Management

Some of the best business and nonprofit CEOs I've worked with over a sixty-five-year consulting career were not stereotypical leaders. They were all over the map in terms of their personalities, attitudes, values, strengths, and weaknesses.
Peter Drucker
- Leadership - Strength - Management - CEO

Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs.
Peter Drucker
- Leadership - Responsibility - Work - Management

Checking the results of a decision against its expectations shows executives what their strengths are, where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information.
Peter Drucker
- Leadership - Strength - Management - Decisions

Most discussions of decision making assume that only senior executives make decisions or that only senior executives' decisions matter. This is a dangerous mistake.
Peter Drucker
- Decisions - Mistakes - Management

Businesses are made by people. We've proven time and time again that you can have wonderful shop, and put a bloke in there who's no good, and he'll stuff it up. Put a good bloke in, and it just turns around like that.
Gerry Harvey - Companies - Management - Ambition

I went to the brink many times. A couple of times I thought "I'm gone.. This is it." But then you would just keep working. I think if you're close to the brink and just make sure that you work twice as hard and put twice as much effort into everything and the people around you and everything, you should come through.
Gerry Harvey - Management - Ambition - Challenges

It's not a question of arriving and putting in a whole new administration, but instead, arriving and "compacting" things as much as possible, reducing management layers. We want as few management layers as possible, so that executives are very close to the operations. We also don't believe in having big corporate infrastructures.
Carlos Slim Helu - Companies - Management
- Improving

I'm going to miss Blockbuster. I'm gonna miss being CEO and all that stuff. We had an atmosphere where everybody was happy. When people make money, they're happy.
Wayne Huizenga - Employee - Money
- Management - Happy - CEO

Management is nothing more than motivating other people.
Lee Iacocca - Management - Motivational - People

Too often it's not the most creative guys or the smartest. Instead, it's the ones who are best at playing politics and soft-soaping their bosses. Boards don't like tough, abrasive guys.
Carl Icahn - Politics - Intelligent
- Management

We have bloated bureaucracies in Corporate America. The root of the problem is the absence of real corporate democracy.
Carl Icahn - Politics - Management
- Companies - Problems

With some exceptions, the wrong people are running U.S. companies. It's been that way for years, and it hasn't gotten much better.
Carl Icahn - Management - Companies
- Criticism

We want these assets to be productive. We buy them. We own them. To say we care only about the short term is wrong. What I care about is seeing these assets in the best hands
Carl Icahn - Assets - Management


We're not about liquidating companies, but if you do that, why is that terrible? We're not blowing up the factories. The person who buys it should be able to make the asset more productive.
Carl Icahn - Management - Assets
- Improvement

People ought to invest in us because they like our company and the way they run it. We still do quarterly earnings guidance, but we tell people openly that they ought to look at the company for the long term and that's how they ought to invest.
Jeffrey Immelt - Companies - Future - Investing - Long Term Investing - Management - Earnings

I’m out talking about this company (General Electric) seven days a week, 24 hours a day, with nothing to hide. We’re a 130-year-old company that has a great record of high-quality leadership and a culture of integrity.
Jeffrey Immelt - CEO - Companies - Leadership
- Management - Integrity

The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay.
Steve Jobs - Work


Today, a skilled manager makes more than the owner. And owners fight each other to get the skilled managers.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky - Money - Management

As an engineer, I understood that the natural world operated according to fixed laws. Through my studies, I came to realize that there were, likewise, laws that govern human wellbeing. It seemed to me that these laws are fundamental not only to the wellbeing of societies, but also to the miniature societies of organizations. Indeed, that is what we found when we began to apply these principles systematically at Koch Industries. Through our observation of how they could create prosperity in an organization, I began to systematize my beliefs into Market-Based Management®.
Charles Koch - Laws - Society - Companies - Management - Leadership

We have the best leaders and the most depth of leadership we’ve ever had. If I get hit by a truck, maybe it would get me out of the way and it would go better.
Charles Koch - Management - Leadership - Employee

We strive to hire and retain only those who embrace our MBM® Guiding Principles, which encompass integrity, compliance, value creation, Principled Entrepreneurship, customer focus, knowledge, change, humility, respect and fulfillment.
Charles Koch - Management - Leadership - Employee - Integrity - Customers - Respect

Our industry expertise (at KKR) enables the firm not only to make better investment choices but also to win the confidence of senior management and sellers, which has enabled us to purchase many companies on an exclusive basis.
Henry Kravis -
Companies - Buying - Selling - Experience - Decisions - Investing - Management - Confidence

We've got a portfolio of companies that range all the way from hotels to television stations and cable TV companies, oil and gas, consumer products, and industrial products. If there's anything that I want to know more about, I have the opportunity. It's right in our portfolio. I can spend time at the factory or with the manangement and learn as much as I want. You can't get bored doing that.
Henry Kravis -
Companies - Management - Opportunity - Learning - Bored

Go for a business that any idiot can run - because sooner or later, any idiot probably is going to run it.
Peter Lynch - Management - Business - Investing -

I think the hardest thing about my job is the way Whole Foods Market views itself philosophically is that we are a business dedicated to meeting all the various stakeholders of the company's best interests. And by stakeholders we mean customers, team members, stockholders, community, and the environment. Sometimes what is in the best interest of one stakeholder may not be in the best interest of another stakeholder, and as the CEO, I have to balance the various interests of the different constituencies and stakeholders to create win, win, win scenarios, and that can sometimes be very difficult to do. Everybody wants something from the CEO.
John Mackey - Stocks - Customers
- Business Ethics - Management - Environmental - Challenges - Companies - CEO

Synergies are something that the CEO basically has to force to happen, because organizations are, generally, like bodies in motion that tend to stay in motion. It's very hard to get big organizations to change. And it takes really a very powerful mandate to force things to happen.
John Malone - Management - Change
- Power - CEO

Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front.
Nelson Mandela - Leadership - Management

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 - Management
- Learning - Fear - Mistakes - Encouragement

Regardless of how well a studio is run, it's only as good as the product it produces.
Vince McMahon - Business - Management - Products

In financing growing companies, we always looked for human value that didn’t appear on the balance sheet.. the quality of management, especially its entrepreneurial drive.
Michael Milken - Investing -
Companies - Employee - Management - Entrepreneurs

A boat can't have two captains.
Akira Mori - Management

I believe my concepts are more than just business, they are about our culture.
Minoru Mori - Management - Business - Belief
- Culture

We intend to conduct our business in a way that not only meets but exceeds the expectations of our customers, business partners, shareholders, and creditors, as well as the communities in which we operate and society at large.
Akira Mori - Management - Business - Customers - Society - Partnership - Stocks


Understanding how to be a good investor makes you a better business manager and vice versa.
Charlie Munger - Management - Investing
- Understanding

You can't build a strong corporation with a lot of committees and a board that has to be consulted every turn. You have to be able to make decisions on your own.
Rupert Murdoch - Strength - Decisions - Management


The buck stops with me, but I can tick off dozens of very good senior executives that are responsible for hundreds or thousands of people who work for me.
Rupert Murdoch - Management - Responsibility - Employee - Leadership


If the boss is a jerk, get over it. First of all, don’t you think there’s a good chance that your boss’s boss knows what’s going on? If so, just keep your head down and do the work. Usually, if you put in maximum effort and produce excellent results, someone in the company is going to take notice. Either you will get promoted or your jerky boss will get the heave-ho. It happens all the time.
Suze Orman - Jobs - Management - Hard Work
- Companies

Many leaders of big organizations, I think, don't believe that change is possible. But if you look at history, things do change, and if your business is static, you're likely to have issues.
Larry Page - Leaders - Big Business - Change - History - Flexible

We don't have as many managers as we should, but we would rather have too few than too many.
Larry Page - Management

Successful enterprises are usually led by a proven chief executive who is a competent benevolent dictator.
Richard Pratt - Companies - Leadership - Management

Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.
John D. Rockefeller - Management - Work - Leadership

Since I'm fortunate enough to be neither hesitant nor indecisive, I've always made a point of consulting my partners and associates whenever a major decision has to be made. This is not to say that I have always been right!
Guy de Rothschild - Management -
Leadership - Decisions - Partnership - Hesitation - Indecisive

Although one never really knows what one's associates think of one deep down, I believe I was easy to work with, even though I have the reputation of being authoritative. Still, I've always delegated responsibility and authority to other; I've always listened to opposing views and suggestions with an open mind.
Guy de Rothschild - Management - Leadership - Delegate - Responsibility - Listening - Authority


I'm able to bring business expertise but, more importantly, operating experience. The people here at Google are young. Every day there are lots of new challenges. I keep things focused. The speech I give everyday is: "This is what we do. Is what you are doing consistent with that, and does it change the world?"
Eric Schmidt - Internet - Management - Change - Focus

Our mission statement about treating people with respect and dignity is not just words but a creed we live by every day. You can't expect your employees to exceed the expectations of your customers if you don't exceed the employees' expectations of management.
Howard Schultz - Respect - Employee - Customers - Management - Encouragement


Hiring people is an art, not a science, and resumes can't tell you whether someone will fit into a company's culture. When you realize you've made a mistake, you need to cut your losses and move on.
Howard Schultz - Employee - Management - Jobs - Decisions - Art - Companies - Culture - Mistakes


I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.
Charles Schwab - Leadership - Work

Practice Golden-Rule 1 of Management in everything you do. Manage others the way you would like to be managed.
Brian Tracy - Management

I mean, there's no arguing. There is no anything. There is no beating around the bush. "You're fired" is a very strong term.
Donald Trump - Management

Well, yes, I've fired a lot of people. Generally I like other people to fire, because it's always a lousy task. But I have fired many people.
Donald Trump - Management - Work


If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, the general is to blame. But if his orders are clear, and the soldiers nevertheless disobey, then it is the fault of their officers.
Sun Tzu - Leadership - Management
- Blame - Understanding - Soldier - Fault

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 - Management

People ask me, how is managing in the New Economy different from managing in the Old Economy? Actually, it's a lot the same. It's about the financial discipline of the bottom line, understanding your customers, segmenting your customers by their needs, and building a world-class management team.
Meg Whitman - Ebay -
Companies - Management - Economy - Customers - Customer Service - Finance

Some great people are leaders and others are more lucky, in the right place at the right time. I'd put myself in the latter category. But I'd never call myself a normal designer of anything.
Steve Wozniak - Great - Luck -
Leadership - Management

The way you see them is the way you treat them and the way you treat them is the way they often become.
Zig Ziglar - Management - Attitude

Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business.
Zig Ziglar - Business - Customers - Management - Opportunity


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