Quotes in management

Managers must see themselves as experimenters who lead learning, not dictators who impose control.


It's always easier to apologize for something you've already done than to get approval for it in advance.


Good management is good management: it doesn't matter if someone figured out the good idea 100 years ago or last week.

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Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats.

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management is prediction


This may be the world's most underdeveloped nation. We're number 1.


A numerical goal leads to distortion and faking, especially when the system is not capable of meeting the goal. Anybody will meet the quota (goal) allotted to him. He is not responsible for the losses so generated.


A good question for anybody in business to ask is What business are we in? To do well what we are doing-i.e., to turn out a good product, or good service, whatever it be? Yes, of course, but this is not enough. We must keep asking - What product or service would help our customers more? We must think about the future. What will we be making 5 years from now? 10 years from now?


When you want something really bad, you will put up with a lot of flaws. But if you do not yet know you want something, your tolerance will be much lower. That’s why it is especially important for us to build a beautiful, elegant and considerate piece of software. Every bit of grace, refinement, and thoughtfulness on our part will pull people along. Every petty irritation will stop them and give the impression that it is not worth it.


Long-term commitment to new learning and new philosophy is required of any management that seeks transformation. The timid and the fainthearted, and people that expect quick results, are doomed to disappointment.