Selected Quotes about Improvement

No matter what your product is, you are ultimately in the education business. Your customers need to be constantly educated about the many advantages of doing business with you, trained to use your products more effectively, and taught how to make never-ending improvement in their lives. -- Robert G Allen

My wheels are running. My investments are local, regional and international. -- Prince Alwaleed

As a global company, our future growth and success requires that we constantly look at ways to improve our ability to serve customers worldwide. -- Steve Ballmer

I'm competitive with myself. I always try to push past my own borders. -- Tyra Banks

You can't model for the rest of your life, so it is important to diversify your career. -- Tyra Banks

I think what we try to do is bring the news to our viewers in a very comprehensive responsible way. -- Wolf Blitzer

Your mind is tremendously efficient at weighing an enormous amount of information. We want to make smarter search engines that do a lot of the work for us. The smarter we can make the search engine, the better. Where will it lead? Who knows? -- Sergey Brin

The Greens will continue to champion a fairer society rather than simply the economy and to champion the parliament rather than simply the stock exchange. -- Bob Brown

We must have an expansionary vision, one that captures the imagination and diversity of the whole community, one which benefits a nation which has moved beyond the basics of literacy and numeracy and which wants to develop a learning culture. -- Bob Brown

For me there is a mission for this country moving forward - there are big long-term decisions we've got to take as a nation. -- Gordon Brown

It's just that I landed up in a terrific capitalist system. One that pays people who allocate capital extraordinarily well. Intrinsically, I'm not worth as much as somebody who invents something that could improves people's life, or health or whatever. -- Warren Buffett

I feel like life is so special and so great, every year I feel like I learn more, and I grow, and I think it's exciting to grow up. -- Gisele Bundchen

Check up each week on the progress you are making. Ask yourself what mistakes you have made, what improvement, what lessons you have learned for the future. -- Dale Carnegie

I'm sympathetic to the Americans incapacity to comprehend my thought process. After all, their nation has yet to spawn any genuine philosophers or legitimate literature. All their finest minds are devoted to developing ways to make hamburgers faster and cheaper. -- Jacques Chirac

If we understand the purpose of fear, we may use the emotion of fear to benefit our life rather empower fear to hasten our self-destruction. -- Chin-Ning Chu

Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. -- Winston Churchill

What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone? -- Winston Churchill

The United Nations system is still the best instrument for making the world less fragile. -- Carlo Azeglio Ciampi

Part of our essential humanity is paying respect to what God gave us and what will be here a long time after we're gone. -- Bill Clinton

When we make college more affordable, we make the American dream more achievable. -- Bill Clinton

We have to shift our emphasis from economic efficiency and materialism towards a sustainable quality of life and to healing of our society, of our people and our ecological systems. -- Janet Holmes a Court

Quality is improved through three processes a quality-improvement process, corrective-action process, and a customer-complaint resolution process. These processes involve everyone. Every person in the company gets the big picture. -- Stephen Covey

We have learned how to develop five-minute and even one-minute managers. But we would do better to ask ourselves what it takes to be an executive who helps build a better future. -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The march of technology is motivated by the hope that it will lead to happiness at the end of the rainbow. -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

To survive, every living thing must give up some of its energy in the hope of getting more energy back with which to grow and reproduce. -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

As skills improve, one is able to take on greater challenges. -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The more a person feels skilled, the more her moods will improve; while the more challenges that are present, the more her attention will become focused and concentrated. -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Whenever I go on a ride, I'm always thinking of what's wrong with the thing and how it can be improved. -- Walt Disney

Understanding our strengths, articulating our values, knowing where we belong -- these are also essential to addressing one of the great challenges of organizations: improving the abysmally low productivity of knowledge workers. -- 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

There's no good idea that can't be improved on. -- Michael Eisner

We are seeing improvement across key financial measures, but we are not where we want to be yet. -- Michael Eisner

The Net as a whole is not that reliable, so our blips in service don't cause major problems. However, we are certainly working on improving our own reliability as well as those sites that we depend on. -- David Filo

A transitional government is the beginning of a transfer of sovereignty. It's a question of Iraqi security and moving forward with the political process. -- Joschka Fischer

We had to move forward after the war and see the realities. -- Joschka Fischer

Civilization is the encouragement of differences. Civilization thus becomes a synonym of democracy. Force, violence, pressure, or compulsion with a view to conformity, is both uncivilized and undemocratic. -- Mahatma Gandhi

Bringing together the right information with the right people will dramatically improve a company's ability to develop and act on strategic business opportunities. -- Bill Gates

Learning from mistakes and constantly improving products is a key in all successful companies. -- Bill Gates

We also believe in taking risks, because that's how you move things along. -- Melinda Gates

Five years ago, using the Net to buy a car or trade stock or earn college credits was revolutionary, ... So why not envision a day when we vote with much greater convenience -- from our home or workplace -- or a day beyond that when issues are presented to all the people of the world and we vote as a global statement of individual preference without regard for conventions like political parties or national borders? -- Lou Gerstner

If life was so easy that you could just go buy success, there would be a lot more successful companies in the world. Successful enterprises are built from the ground up. -- Lou Gerstner

Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind. -- Mikhail Gorbachev

Surely, God on high has not refused to give us enough wisdom to find ways to bring us an improvement in relations between the two great nations on earth. -- Mikhail Gorbachev

There is at least one point in the history of any company when you have to change dramatically to rise to the next level of performance. Miss that moment - and you start to decline. -- Andrew Grove

A corporation is a living organism; it has to continue to shed its skin. Methods have to change. Focus has to change. Values have to change. The sum total of those changes is transformation. -- Andrew Grove

I think Amazon is the preeminent pioneer in building a new way of doing commerce: personalized, database-driven commerce, where the big value is not in the purchase fulfillment, but in knowing as much about a customer base of ten or twenty million people as a corner store used to know about a customer base of a few hundred. -- Andrew Grove

When everybody else is better off, they can buy more, they strengthen demand, strengthen the market, strengthen the country. -- Carlos Slim Helu

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

So what you do is you start with a small niche, before you’ve got a better product, and you go on from that. -- William Hewlett

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

Man matures through work. Which inspires him to difficult good. -- Pope John Paul II

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations. -- Steve Jobs

We have to still develop the Ikea group. We need many billions of Swiss francs to take on China or Russia. -- Ingvar Kamprad

In the end it's the big picture which changes nations and whatever our opponents may say, Australia's changed inexorably for good, for the better. -- Paul Keating

Russia on its path has oftentimes discussed and overdiscussed what had happened earlier, instead of moving forward. The result is always the same: It is very difficult to move forward when you're looking backward. -- Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. -- Og Mandino

The iPod has 7,500 times the storage of IBM's largest computer in 1976. The new IBM (IBM) chip has 2 trillion calculations per second. In 1974, it cost $100 million to sequence a gene. Today, it cost $3, and by 2013, it will be 3 cents. -- Michael Milken

Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity, quite apart from political considerations of the moment, believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace. -- Benito Mussolini

What we say here every day is that our success is really based on our members' success, our community's success. We've created an infrastructure and laid some basic ground rules to create this marketplace. -- Pierre Omidyar

Many of the most important technological contributions of this century have come from university faculty members who began their research early in their careers and have worked in their areas of interest over a long period of time. -- David Packard

We just have to go at 100 miles an hour in all our businesses, be they television broadcasting, be they magazine publishing, be they subscription television, be they online, be they gaming. We just have to go at one hundred miles an hour. -- James Packer

We need to make sure we have the best people we can in our operations, and that is a constant challenge. There is always room to improve. -- James Packer

The fact that I have entered into IT-related business is proof that businesses have to evolve and keep with time. One has to re-invent continuously. -- Kerry Packer

Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful. -- Norman Vincent Peale

It's always too early to quit. -- Norman Vincent Peale

Problems are to the mind what exercise is to the muscles, they toughen and make strong. -- Norman Vincent Peale

America must be a light to the world, not just a missile. -- Nancy Pelosi

The President seems to think the best way to revive the economy is to give more tax breaks to those who don’t need them and dole out lucrative incentives that do not stimulate economic growth. -- Nancy Pelosi

Change is vital, improvement the logical form of change. -- James Cash Penney

No company can afford not to move forward. It may be at the top of the heap today but at the bottom of the heap tomorrow, if it doesn't. -- James Cash Penney

There are no excellent companies. The old saw "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" needs revision. I propose: "If it ain't broke, you just haven't looked hard enough." Fix it anyway. -- Tom Peters

I urge you to set a tough, quantitative target for adding "differentiators" as I call them, to every service you provide. -- Tom Peters

Listening to customers must become everyone's business. With most competitors moving ever faster, the race will go to those who listen (and respond) most intently. -- Tom Peters

Excellent firms don't believe in excellence - only in constant improvement and constant change. -- Tom Peters

How do you humiliate and demean someone and then expect him or her to care about product quality and constant improvement? -- Tom Peters

Every managerial act must be seen as an unequivocal support for urgency in pursuit of constant testing, change, and improvement. -- Tom Peters

The widespread availability of information is the only basis for effective day-to-day problem solving, which abets continuous improvement programs. -- Tom Peters

Quality improvement is the primary source of cost reduction. Poor quality has a huge, documentable cost. -- Tom Peters

Go outside the firm to a number of seminars on the topic - even if you're chairman of a 20$ billion company- and let everybody know you went, and took notes. -- Tom Peters

It is imperative that our schools and educational institutions create an environment in which the required intellectual, physical, social and moral attributes can be developed, cherished and nurtured. Schools must be viewed as places that have the potential to transform the future of child and the nation. -- Azim Premji

We have already begun taking concrete steps to change the structure of our economy and, as we have discussed a great deal, to give it a more innovative quality. -- Vladimir Putin

Quite apart from anything else, my experience is trying to change things for the better makes you feel better, healthier. Humans are communicative animals: when you do good in a community, the benefits eventually get back to you. -- Anita Roddick

We may value a product in a shop, but we do not understand how it creates people's livelihoods and how it keeps communities together- how it educates, sets up futures and provides rural relief and economic advancement. -- Anita Roddick

I'm making policies by looking at what I would do for my own children. -- Segolene Royal

As people seek to improve their living environment, there will be continuous demand for residential property. Investment in real estate market should have reasonable prospects in the long run. -- Li Ka Shing

An open society calls itself open to improvement. It is based on the recognition that people have divergent views and interests, and that nobody is in possession of the ultimate truth. -- George Soros

This is a very crucial time in the evolution of humanity toward a much higher consciousness, and some teachings will support that progress while others will not. -- James Twyman

I probably have traveled and walked into more variety stores than anybody in America. I am just trying to get ideas, any kind of ideas that will help our company. Most of us don't invent ideas. We take the best ideas from someone else. -- Sam Walton

Engage local technology and have that spread. We have to all grow together. -- Charles Wang

Again, your challenge is not just to improve. It is to break the service paradigm in your industry or market so that customers aren’t just satisfied, they’re so shocked that they tell strangers on the street how good you are. -- 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

One of the forms of energy is money- money that you can give away, money with which you can empower others, money that you can use to make the world a better place, money to set you free. -- Stuart Wilde

Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one. -- Marianne Williamson

We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let these dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who hope that their dreams will come true. -- Woodrow Wilson

I have developer's disease. I love to sit at a drafting table and draw plans for hotels, wrestling with problems of traffic and the flow of people. That's what turns me on. -- Steve Wynn

We still have a long way to go. Companies such as Microsoft, Cisco and Intel were just starting at their 10-year anniversary. -- Jerry Yang

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