The 25 Greatest Quotes On Management

Business management skills

1. Discrimination is the capacity to discern what is important.
- Warren Bennis

2. Shit happens. That ’s what they pay you for.
- Tom Peters

3. .... Asshole management is not inevitable.
- Sumantra Ghoshal

4. Management is the study of how things get done.
- Robert Greenleaf

5. Big things and little things are my job. Middle level management can be delegated.
- Konosuke Matsushita

6. There are only four types of officer. First, there are the lazy, stupid ones. Leave them alone, they do no harm…Second, there are the hard- working, intelligent ones. They make excellent staff officers, ensuring that every detail is properly considered. Third, there are the hard- working, stupid ones. These people are a menace and must be fired at once. They create irrelevant work for everybody. Finally, there are the intelligent, lazy ones. They are suited for the highest office.
- General Erich Von Manstein (1887-1973) on the German Officer Corps

7. The common wisdom is that.....managers have to learn to motivate people. Nonsense, employees bring their motivation with them.
- Tom Peters

8. Think small and act small, and we will get bigger. Think big and act big, and we will get smaller.
- Herb Kelleher

9. All you need is the best product in the world, the most efficient production in the world, and global marketing.
- Akio Morita

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

11. I think the business practices would improve immeasurable if they were guided by 'feminine' principles - qualities like love and care and intuition. 
-Anita Roddick

12. The more time I spend with our people, the more I find out about our business.
- Herb Kelleher


1.    Don't criticize, condemn or complain. 
2.    Give honest and sincere appreciation. 
3.    Arouse in the other person an eager want. 
-  Dale Carnegie, How to influence people and win friends

14. Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.
- Booker T. Washington

15. In business school classrooms, they construct wonderful models of a non-world. 
- Peter Drucker

16. The most probable assumption is that no currently working 'business theory' will be valid 10 years hence. 
- Peter Drucker

17. People always overestimate how complex business is. This isn’t rocket science; we’ve chosen one of the world’s most simple professions. 
- Jack Welch

18. You never really hear the truth from your subordinates until after 10 in the evening. 
- Jurgen Schrempp, Former CEO of DaimlerChrysler

19. Management Speak: Empower.
Meaning: Freely blame your subordinates for your problems.
- Anon

20. Management cannot dictate creativity.
Management cannot force loyalty.
Management must create an atmosphere that fosters loyalty and encourages creativity. 
- Tony Calabrese

21. All good work is done in defiance of management.
- Bob Woodward  

22. We are Wikipedians. This means that we should be: kind, thoughtful, passionate about getting it right, open, tolerant of different viewpoints, open to criticism, bold about changing our policies and also cautious about changing our policies. We are not vindictive, childish, and we don't stoop to the level of our worst critics, no matter how much we may find them to be annoying.
- Jimmy Wales

23. The multinational corporations now developing budgets often bigger than medium-sized countries - these live in a global space which is largely unregulated, not subject to the rule of law, and in which people may act free of constraint. 
- Paddy Ashdown

24. At the species level, it’s been estimated that insect-based pollination, bees pollinating fruit and so on, is worth something like $190 billion. That’s something like 8% of the total agricultural output globally. … But when did a bee actually ever give you an invoice?
- Pavan Sukhdev

25. People do best when they're working at 80% of their capacity. At 50%, they get bored. At 100%, stress gets them.
- Anon


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