James Hoadley

A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well. - Jeff Bezos

Ridiculous yachts and private planes and big limousines won't make people enjoy life more, and it sends out terrible messages to the people who work for them. It would be so much better if that money was spent in Africa - and it's about getting a balance. - Richard Branson

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. - Bill Gates

Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one. - Bill Gates

If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1000 MPG. - Bill Gates

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected. - Steve Jobs

I want to put a ding in the universe. - Steve Jobs

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. - Steve Jobs

An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage. - Jack Welch

Globalization has changed us into a company that searches the world, not just to sell or to source, but to find intellectual capital - the world's best talents and greatest ideas. - Jack Welch

A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought. - Warren Buffett

Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken. - Warren Buffett

If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians. - Warren Buffett

I have had all of the disadvantages required for success. - Larry Ellison

When you live for others' opinions, you are dead. I don't want to live thinking about how I'll be remembered. - Carlos Slim Helu


Victor Marshall

You only don't think it's possible because no one has done it yet! - John McGovern

William C. Waterhouse

If a smart person goes into a room with an orangutan
and explains whatever his or her idea is, the orangutan
just sits there eating his banana, and at the end of the
conversation the person explaining comes out smarter.

-- Warren Buffett

(quoted in K. Graham, _Personal History_, p. 536.
Buffett attributes the general idea to his partner,
Charlie Munger.)

Drill-Baby-Drill Drill Team

It's the Economy, STUPID! -- Bill Clinton
You can any color as long as it's black. --Henry Ford
I think we're having fun. ---Steve Jobs
Greed is Good. -Gekko

David L

Drill: Gekko never said "greed is good." The quote is "greed, for lack of a better word, is good," which is qualitatively different.

David L

There is only one boss: the customer. And he can fire everybody in the company, from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.

- Sam Walton


There's a sucker born every minute.--P.T. Barnum

The next one will be greater than the last.--O. bin Laden (the P.T. Barnum of terrorists)

Chuck Phipps, AAP, CTP

If you find that you are working too hard, you're probably using the wrong tool. --Herb Nagler


who said this:

"in a hamburger war, be the guy selling ketchup"


"If the low-bidder were the best, he wouldn't be the low-bidder."

-Shaun Eli Breidbart
Executive Director
Ivy Stand-up

David Flynn

"If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses."
-Henry Ford

"Hello. It's my broker. What? Then buy, buy, buy! Oh, everyone's buying? Then sell, sell, sell!"
-Al Czervik from the movie "Caddyshack," played by Rodney Dangerfield

Middle of the pack

Quotes from middle managers everywhere:

We deliver the bullets & beans to the front lines.
We're not getting enough helmets to the football.
The leaves are still on the tree.
The cement hasn't dried yet.
It's the long pole in the tent.
The redwoods are falling.
You don't want to breath your own exhaust.
They're just putting lipstick on a pig.
They've left very few arrows in the quiver.
The cake is already baked.
You need to water the roots.
Throw cushions on the ground to soften the landing.
You don't know who's swimming naked until the tide goes out.
No haircut is possible because they're already bald.
A falling tide lowers all boats.
Even a blind squirrel finds nuts sometimes.
It's like sweeping leaves on a windy day.
You need to prime the pump.
He won't need roadside assistance.
You need to feed the front of the funnel.
If you hang out in the barbershop long enough, you're gonna get a haircut.
Even a dead cat bounces if it's dropped far enough.
He's an empty suit.
Only dead fish go with the flow.
You need to play chess when the world is handing you checkers.
We have a lot of bricks but I can't see tha shape of the building yet.
It gives us more tools in the tool box.
We need to eat our own dogfood.
We need to get all our ducks in a row.
We need to open our kimono with that group.
Don't put the cart before the horse.
It's all about the optics.



"If anybody in this country doesn't minimise their tax they want their heads read because as a government, I can tell you, you're not spending it that well that we should be donating extra." - Kerry Packer, 1991

At the time, the late Packer was Australia's richest man and was testifying before Parliament.


Not so recent:
"If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses." - Henry Ford

"I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act." - Bill Gates


"If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning."
- Aristotle Onassis (1906-1975)

Ian Kemmish

Nobody ever got rich by overestimating the intelligence of the public. Louis B Meyer?


Asked if he had message for the American people, Conrad Hilton remarked, "Please -- put the shower curtain inside the tub."

James Curran

"irrational exuberance"
Alan Greenspan

(Unfortunately, the full quote the phrase comes from is rather boring: "But how do we know when irrational exuberance has unduly escalated asset values, which then become subject to unexpected and prolonged contractions as they have in Japan over the past decade?")

Eric M. Jones

"We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization." --Charlton Ogburn, Jr

--all following quotes from Robert Townsend:

"It's a poor bureaucrat who can't stall a good idea until even its sponsor is relieved to see it dead and officially buried"

"One of the most important tasks of a manager is to eliminate his people's excuses for failure."

"A good manager doesn't try to eliminate conflict; he tries to keep it from wasting the energies of his people. If you're the boss and your people fight you openly when they think that you are wrong - that's healthy."

"Most people in big companies are administered, not led. They are treated as personnel, not people."

"Make every decision as if you owned the whole company."

"Many ideas are good for a limited time - not forever."

"All organizations are at least 50 percent waste -- waste people, waste effort, waste space, and waste time."

"Don't hire a master to paint you a masterpiece and then assign a roomful of schoolboy artists to look over his shoulder and make suggestions."

"Excellence and size are fundamentally incompatible."

"If you have to have a policy manual, publish the Ten Commandments."

"A leader is not an administrator who loves to run others, but someone who carries water for his people so that they can get on with their jobs"

"If you don't do it excellently, don't do it at all. Because if it's not excellent, it won't be profitable or fun, and if you're not in business for fun or profit, what the hell are you doing there?"

"True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not the enrichment of the leaders."

"Consultants are people who borrow your watch and tell you what time it is, and then walk off with the watch."

"If people are coming to work excited...if they're making mistakes freely and fearlessly...if they're having fun...if they're concentrating on doing things, rather than preparing reports and going to meetings...then somewhere you have a leader."

""Top" management is supposed to be a tree full of owls-hooting when management heads into the wrong part of the forest. I'm still unpersuaded they even know where the forest is."

"Compromise is usually bad. It should be a last resort. If two departments or divisions have a problem they can't solve and it comes up to you, listen to both sides and then pick one or the other. This places solid accountability on the winner to make it work. Condition your people to avoid compromise."

"Managers must have the discipline not to keep pulling up the flowers to see if their roots are healthy."

Corporate Jet--Best thing about it: Maybe someday the pilot will get ptomaine with a whole load of "top" management aboard.



"Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half" - John Wanamaker, the inventor of the modern department store (and later, Postmaster General)