Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs.
In the political, the social, the economic, even the cultural sphere, the revolutions of our time have been revolutions "against" rather than revolutions "for"... On the whole throughout this period the man--or party--that stood for doing the positive has usually cut a pathetic figure; well meaning
When a resource is scarce, you increase its yield.
In the modern corporation the decisive power, that of the managers , is derived from no one but the managers themselves controlled by nobody and nothing and responsible to no one. It is in the most literal sense unfounded, unjustified, uncontrolled and irresponsible power.
Great wisdom not applied to action and behavior is meaningless data.
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.
The effective executive knows that it is easier to raise the performance of one leader than it is to raise the performance of a whole mass. She therefore makes sure she puts into the leadership position, into the standard-setting, the performance-making position the person who has the strength to do
We can ill afford to have activities conducted as "non-profit," that is, as activities that devour capital rather than form it, if they can be organized as activities that form capital, as activities that make a profit.
My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions.
The new information technology... Internet and e-mail... have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications.
Time is totally perishable and cannot be stored. Yesterday's time is gone forever, and will never come back. Time is always in short supply. There is no substitute for time. Everything requires time.
Every time you do something that is important, write down what you expect will happen.
No society can function as a society, unless it gives the individual member social status and function, and unless the decisive social power is legitimate.
Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.
(Waste = Loss): The first rule of business is to survive and the guiding principle of business economics is not the maximisation of profit, it is the avoidance of loss
The enterprise can fulfill its human and social functions only if it prospers as a business.
human beings need community. If there are no communities available for constructive ends, there will be destructive, murderous communities... Only the social sector, that is, the nongovernmental, nonprofit organization, can create what we now need, communities for citizens... What the dawning 21st c
Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.
Time is the scarcest resource of the manager; If it is not managed, nothing else can be managed.
Leadership is an achievement of trust.
One either meets or one works.
So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.
what's absolutely unforgivable is the financial benefit top management people get for laying off people. There is no excuse for it. No justification. This is morally and socially unforgivable, and we will pay a heavy price for it.
The customer rarely buys what the company thinks it's selling.
Teamwork is neither "good" nor "desirable." It is a fact. Wherever people work together or play together they do so as a team. Which team to use for what purpose is a crucial, difficult and risky decision that is even harder to unmake. Managements have yet to learn how to make it.
Effective organizations put people in jobs in which they can do the most good. They place people -- and allow people to place themselves -- according to their strengths.
The most effective way to manage change is to create it.
The new always looks so puny-so unpromising-next to the reality of the massive, ongoing business.
Far too much reorganization goes on all the time. Organizitis is like a spastic colon.
The monomaniac is unlikely to succeed. Most leave only their bleached bones in the roadless desert. But the rest of us, with our multiple interests instead of a single mission, are certain to fail and have no impact at all.