What's an expert? I read somewhere, that the more a man knows, the more he knows, he doesn't know. So I suppose one definition of an expert would be someone who doesn't admit out loud that he knows enough about a subject to know he doesn't really know how much.
Dear bosses, that you may well be victim to a game of mutual deception, where you are deluding yourself into believing that you are great at your job, but if you really knew how it felt to work for you, you would be shocked to discover that you are seen as an asshole, incompetent, or both.
The very act of wielding power can make you blind to how your subordinates are really responding to you.
People quit bosses, not organizations for the most part.
If you are a boss and believe that your people love you and will never leave you, well, it just might be a good time to look in the mirror.
You never really hear the truth from your subordinates until after 10 in the evening.
Good design can't fix broken business models.
In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative original thinker unless you can also sell what you create. Management cannot be expected to recognize a good idea unless it is presented to them by a good salesman.
There's no business like show business, but there are several businesses like accounting.
The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.
Managers thinking about accounting issues should never forget one of Abraham Lincoln's favorite riddles:
“How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg?”
The answer is: “Four, because calling a tail a leg does not make it a leg”.
Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars.
I never buy anything unless I can fill out on a piece of paper my reasons. I may be wrong, but I would know the answer to that. “I'm paying $32 billion today for the Coca-Cola Company because…” If you can't answer that question, you shouldn't buy it. If you can answer that question, and you do it a few times, you'll make a lot of money.
A man may be a tough, concentrated, successful money-maker and never contribute to his country anything more than a horrible example. A manager may be tough and practical, squeezing out, while the going is good, the last ounce of profit and dividend, and may leave behind him an exhausted industry and a legacy of industrial hatred. A tough manager may never look outside his own factory walls or be conscious of his partnership in a wider world. I often wonder what strange cud such men sit chewing when their working days are over, and the accumulating riches of the mind have eluded them.
People do not lack strength; they lack will.
A manager is an assistant to his men.
A good manager is a man who isn't worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him. My advice: Don't worry about yourself. Take care of those who work for you and you'll float to greatness on their achievements.
We usually get what we anticipate.
A system under which it takes three men to check what one is doing is not control; it is systematic strangulation.
A president either is constantly on top of events or, if he hesitates, events will soon be on top of him. I never felt that I could let up for a moment.