Selected Quotes about Management

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

It is not enough to have a talented designer; the management must be inspired too. The creative process is very disorganised; the production process has to be very rational. -- Bernard Arnault

A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle

There are as many Scottish roads to Socialism as there are predictions of Britain's economic doom - but most of them demand three things: a coherant plan for an extension of democracy and control in society and industry which sees every reform as a means to creating a socialist society; a harnessing of the forces for industrial and community self-management within a political movement; and a massive programme of education by the Labour Movement as a whole. -- Gordon Brown

I've made money over the years by buying into good companies, run by good people, at attractive prices. And I don't try and make it out of buying into the market at one point and selling at another point. -- Warren Buffett

I'd say one of the great lessons I've learned over the past couple of decades, from a management perspective, is that really when you come down to it, it really is all about people and all about leadership. -- Steve Case

To make a small business work you need considerable knowledge, skill, management, experience, as well as a high level of commitment, plenty of hard work, access to finance, and some good luck. -- Paul Clitheroe

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. -- Stephen Covey

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. -- Stephen Covey

We seldom care about what a firm makes- whether it is cheap weapons, poisonous pesticides, or vacuous entertainment. As long as it makes profits, we endorse its management. -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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

Management means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folkways and superstition, and of cooperation for force. It means the substitution of responsibility for obedience to rank, and of authority of performance for the authority of rank. -- Peter Drucker

Successful leaders don't start out asking, "What do I want to do?" They ask, "What needs to be done?" Then they ask, "Of those things that would make a difference, which are right for me?" -- Peter Drucker

Don't try to be somebody else. By now you have your style. This is how you get things done. -- Peter Drucker

Reengineering is a way of seeing the processes of the firm. -- Peter Drucker

It is the opportunity for business to develop managers far more effectively than any company or university can. -- Peter Drucker

A manager's task is to make the strengths of people effective and their weakness irrelevant--and that applies fully as much to the manager's boss as it applies to the manager's subordinates. -- Peter Drucker

A man should never be appointed into a managerial position if his vision focuses on people's weaknesses rather than on their strengths. -- Peter Drucker

Information flow is the lifeblood of your company because it enables you to get the most out of your people and learn from your customers. -- Bill Gates

To get a big company moving fast, especially on a many-headed opportunity like the Internet, you have to have hundreds of people participating and coming up with ideas. -- Bill Gates

The flatter the corporate hierarchy, the more likely it is that employees will communicate bad news and act upon it. -- Bill Gates

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

You manage things, you lead people. We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership. It might help if we ran the MBAs out of Washington. -- Grace Murray Hopper

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

The kind of people I look for to fill top management spots are the eager beavers, the mavericks. These are the guys who try to do more than they're expected to do - they always reach. -- Lee Iacocca

We ought to have more women in various management positions, because women are the ones who decide almost everything in the home. -- Ingvar Kamprad

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

In my experience, good executives don't make mistakes. -- Ray Kroc

Our aim was to insure repeat business based on the system's reputation rather than on the quality of a single store or operator. -- Ray Kroc

We're (also) looking for a good people person who is able to motivate others and get strong performances out of people. -- Kenneth Lay

I'm very careful about who I manage. I don't agree to manage someone and hope for the best. If it doesn't feel right, it usually isn't. -- Max Markson

Tough management is a way to approach work. It is a practical, reasonable, and organized way to get to decisions more easily, make the numbers on a consistent basis, have those around you understand where you stand, and increase the business. -- Chuck Martin

It's not enough just to be flexible in matters at work. With the changing social contract between employee and employers, managers must also remain more flexible in their personal careers. -- Chuck Martin

Even though most senior executives and managers feel they are more valued today than a few years ago by the people they work for, that value still can be increased. -- Chuck Martin

In the past twenty years, we have lived through several cycles and we have always managed to buy under good terms and conditions at the right time. This has enabled us to build a solid group that is now the world number one. -- Lakshmi Mittal

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

The buck stops with the guy who signs the checks. -- Rupert Murdoch

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

I try to keep in touch with the details... I also look at the product daily. That doesn't mean you interfere, but it's important occasionally to show the ability to be involved. It shows you understand what's happening. -- Rupert Murdoch

We don't want to be controlled by fund managers looking for quarterly results and bonuses. -- Rupert Murdoch

Managers tend to be what they do. Employees are who they are. They don't define themselves by their jobs. Managers define themselves by what they do. That's a huge difference. -- Suze Orman

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

If you can run the company a bit more collaboratively, you get a better result, because you have more bandwidth and checking and balancing going on. -- Larry Page

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

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

If you aren't reorganizing, pretty substantially, once every six to twelve months, you're probably out of step with the times. -- Tom Peters

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

If you are not reconfiguring your organization to become a fast-changing, high-value-adding creator of niche markets, you are simply out of step. -- Tom Peters

Celebrate- informally and formally- the "small wins" that are indicative of the solid day-to-day performance turned in by more than 90 percent of you work force. -- Tom Peters

The self-managing team should become the basic organizational building block. -- Tom Peters

I strongly urge that any boss get personally involved in every promotion in his organization, even those three or four layers down. -- Tom Peters

You are out of tune with the times if you are in the office more than one-third of the time. -- Tom Peters

Have you set high standards in the past that make it clear what level of performance you demand? -- Tom Peters

It's crucial for managers to know the supreme value of their employees. -- Tony Robbins

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

In our offices we have no areas off limits to anyone - cleaners are welcome to use our executive board-room for meetings. -- Anita Roddick

The key to handling problems and conflict within an organization is to keep the channels of communication wide open. -- Anita Roddick

Running a company is rather like a marriage. When it's going well, it's fantastic. When it's not, it's absolutely miserable. -- Anita Roddick

I believe that deep down most of us feel very insecure about the way we manage our finances. -- Annette Sampson

With more than half the female population now working, and a growing number of small businesses being set up by women, we've had to learn to manage our money. -- Annette Sampson

More than ever before, crisis management, reconstruction and development demand a new level of cooperation between nations, and between nations and international organisations, where military and civilian instruments are applied. -- Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

As the chairman and a shareholder, I have a duty and responsibility to create long-term value and achieve short-term returns for all shareholders. -- Li Ka Shing

I started with identifying within the fluidity of Chinese philosophical thinking and the science of western management, the co-ordinates upon which we could format a seamless management structure. Building on this foundation, the company structure becomes a life-force that supports the development of each division of business. -- Li Ka Shing

Monopoly...is a great enemy to good management. -- Adam Smith

I don't carry a briefcase. I try not to schedule too many meetings. I leave my door open. I prefer to come to work each day and just see what develops. -- Donald Trump

Good people equals good management and good management equals good people. -- Donald Trump

Learning is a new beginning we can give to ourselves every day. A know-it-all is like a closed door. I keep the door to my office open. It's symbolic of the way I choose to think, and it's the way I operate. -- Donald Trump

Before at GE, we generally used to tell people what to do. And they did exactley what they were told to do, and not one other thing. Now we are constantly amazed by how much people will do when they are not told to do by management. -- 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

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

You can't grow long-term if you can't eat short-term. Anybody can manage short. Anybody can manage long. Balancing those two things is what management is. -- Jack Welch

We bring together the best ideas - turning the meetings of our top managers into intellectual orgies. -- Jack Welch

An overburdened, overstretched executive is the best executive, because he or she doesn't have the time to meddle, to deal in trivia, to bother people. -- 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

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