Top 10 Quotes by Harold Geneen

Harold Geneen

You can know a person by the kind of desk he keeps. If the president of a company has a clean desk then it must be the executive vice president who is doing all the work.

Harold Geneen
You read a book from beginning to end. You run a business the opposite way. You start with the end, and then you do everything you must to reach it.
Harold Geneen

If you keep working you'll last longer. I'd hate to spend the rest of my life trying to outwit an 18-inch fish.

Harold Geneen
What you manage in business is people
Harold Geneen

Business is many things, the least of which is the balance sheet. It is a fluid, ever changing, living thing, sometimes building to great peaks, sometimes falling to crumbled lumps.

Harold Geneen
The best way to sell yourself to others is first to sell the others to yourself. Check yourself against this list of obstacles to a pleasing personality: interrupting others; sarcasm; vanity; being a poor listener; insincere flattery; finding fault; challenging others without good cause; giving unsolicited advice; complaining; attitude of superiority; envy of others' success; poor posture and dress.
Harold Geneen

I think it is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises, but only performance is reality

Harold Geneen
Facts from paper are not the same as facts from people. The reliability of the people giving you the facts is as important as the facts themselves.
Harold Geneen

The best way to inspire people to superior performance is to convince them by everything you do and by your everyday attitude that you are wholeheartedly supporting them.

Harold Geneen
Management must have a purpose, a dedication and that dedication must have an emotional commitment. It must be built in as a vital part of the personality of anyone who truly is a manager.