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.
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.
I think it is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises, but only performance is reality
Better a good decision quickly than the best decision too late.
Uncertainty will always be part of the taking charge process.
The professional's grasp of the numbers is a measure of the control he has over the events that the figures represent.
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.
It is much more difficult to measure non-performance than performance. Performance stands out like a ton of diamonds. Non-performance can almost always be explained away
It's better to take over and build upon an existing business than to start a new one.
You can't run a business or anything else on a theory.
What you manage in business is people
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.
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.
Managers in all too many American companies do not achieve the desired results because nobody makes them do it.
When I come upon a man who has a gleaming, empty, clear desktop, I am dealing with a fellow who is so far removed from the realities of his business that someone else is running it for him.
I don't believe in just ordering people to do things. You have to sort of grab an oar and row with them. My philosophy is to stay as close as possible to what's happening. If I can't solve something, how the hell can I expect my managers to.
A true leader has to have a genuine open-door policy so that his people are not afraid to approach him for any reason.
If your desk isn't cluttered, you probably aren't doing your job.
Management manages by making decisions and by seeing that those decisions are implemented.
Performance stands out like a ton of diamonds. Nonperformance can always be explained away.
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.
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.
In the business world, everyone is always working at legitimate cross purposes, governed by self interest.
Ninety-nine percent of all surprises in business are negative.
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 unso
Management must manage!
We must not be hampered by yesterday's myths in concentrating on today's needs.
It is much more difficult to measure nonperformance than performance.
The highest art of professional management requires the literal ability to 'smell' a 'real fact' from all others.
In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.