Best Quotations: CEO Quotations

It’s easy to have principles when you’re rich. The important thing is to have principles when you’re poor, Arthur Kroc, CEO of McDonalds The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why. Warren Bennis, Leadership Guru It is not so much that man is a herd animal, said Freud, but that he is a horde animal led by a chief, Ernest Becker The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I.” And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I.” They don’t think “I.” They think “we”; they think “team.” They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done., Peter Drucker, Management Author We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone … and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something. , Sandra Day O’Connor A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours., Milton Berle Management means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folkways and superstition, and of cooperation for force. It means the substitution of responsibility for obedience to rank, and of authority of performance for the authority of rank. Peter Drucker There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all, Peter F. Drucker, Management Author Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if Labor had not first existed. Labor is superior to capital, and deserves much the higher consideration, Abraham Lincoln, US president The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people, Cesar Chavez With all their faults, trade unions have done more for humanity than any other organization of men that ever existed. They have done more for decency, for honesty, for education, for the betterment of the race, for the developing of character in men, than any other association of men., Clarence Darrow You can’t do it unless you organize, Samuel Gompers A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned — this is the sum of good government, Thomas Jefferson We all know about the fantastic appeal of the Barclays Premiership in the UK but this sponsorship also fits our international presence and aspirations particularly in Asia and continental Europe. [on a deal to cost the bank £65.8m to sponsor the Premier League… who are laughing all the way to the bank], Bob Diamond, Barclays’ Bank, UK Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose, Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder and CEO No one will need more than 637 kb of memory for a personal computer. – said in the early 1970s , Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder and CEO At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas but the image is that they all come from the top – I’m afraid that’s not quite right., Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder and CEO Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning, Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder and CEO There are people who don’t like capitalism, and people who don’t like PCs. But there’s no-one who likes the PC who doesn’t like Microsoft., Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder and CEO The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. , Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder and CEO The vision is that people should have the ultimate in convenience. Being able to get the things they care about on the appropriate device., Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder and CEO To be successful, you have to be able to relate to people; they have to be satisfied with your personality to be able to do business with you and to build a relationship with mutual trust. George Ross, Billionaire Investor Stock market bubbles don’t grow out of thin air. They have a solid basis in reality, but reality as distorted by a misconception. George Ross, Billionaire Investor I’m not doing my philanthropic work, out of any kind of guilt, or any need to create good public relations. I’m doing it because I can afford to do it, and I believe in it. George Ross, Billionaire Investor There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman down, simply by spending his money somewhere else. Sam Walton , Founder and CEO of Wal-Mart We’re all working together; that’s the secret. Sam Walton , Founder and CEO of Wal-Mart High expectations are the key to everything. Sam Walton , Founder and CEO of Wal-Mart Each Wal-Mart store should reflect the values of its customers and support the vision they hold for their community. Sam Walton , Founder and CEO of Wal-Mart “A CEO’s performance is as good as the performance of his Middle Managers” – Med Yones, President of International Institute of Management A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought, Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire Price is what you pay. Value is what you get. Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing. Warren Buffett, Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1. Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective. Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is. [For] to a degree, people read the press to inform themselves-and the better the teacher, the better the student body. Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire The only time to buy these is on a day with no ‘y’ in it. Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire We enjoy the process far more than the proceeds. Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire An overburdened, overstretched executive is the best executive, because he or she doesn’t have the time to meddle, to deal in trivia, to bother people., Jack Welch, CEO, G.E. If change is happening on the outside faster than on the inside the end is in sight. Jack Welch, CEO, G.E. We’ve only been wealthy in this country for 70 years. Who said we ought to have all this? Is it ordained? Jack Welch, CEO, G.E. The Internet is the Viagra of big business. Jack Welch, CEO, G.E. The essence of competitiveness is liberated when we make people believe that what they think and do is important – and then get out of their way while they do it. Jack Welch, CEO, G.E. If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings and put compensation as a carrier behind it you almost don’t have to manage them. Jack Welch, CEO, G.E. Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act. Jack Welch, CEO, G.E. You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win. – Ted Turner, CEO Turner Broadcasting (CNN) The media is too concentrated, too few people own too much. There’s really five companies that control 90 percent of what we read, see and hear. It’s not healthy. – Ted Turner, CEO Turner Broadcasting (CNN) The United States has got some of the dumbest people in the world. I want you to know that we know that. – Ted Turner, CEO Turner Broadcasting (CNN) I’d say the chances are about 50-50 that humanity will be extinct or nearly extinct within 50 years. Weapons of mass destruction, disease, I mean this global warming is scaring the living daylights out of me. – Ted Turner, CEO Turner Broadcasting (CNN) If I only had a little humility, I’d be perfect.- Ted Turner, CEO Turner Broadcasting (CNN) Just because your ratings are bigger doesn’t mean you’re better. – Ted Turner, CEO Turner Broadcasting (CNN) My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job – Ted Turner, CEO Turner Broadcasting (CNN) If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right. also attributed to Mary Kay Ash., Henry Ford, Founder and CEO Ford Motors Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk. J.C. Penney, Founder and CEO of J C Penney.

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