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
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
Every company has two organizational structures: The formal one is written on the charts; the other is the everyday relationship of the men and women in the organization.
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
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

Performance stands out like a ton of diamonds. Nonperformance can always be explained away.

Harold Geneen
Ninety-nine percent of all surprises in business are negative.
Harold Geneen

The highest art of professional management requires the literal ability to 'smell' a 'real fact' from all others.

Harold Geneen
Better a good decision quickly than the best decision too late.
Harold Geneen

In a good meeting there is a momentum that comes from the spontaneous exchange of fresh ideas and produces extraordinary results. That momentum depends on the freedom permitted the participants.

Harold Geneen
Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.