Quotes about Entrepreneurship

"No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution."

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was an Italian philosopher/writer, and is considered one of the main founders of modern political science. He was a diplomat, political philosopher, musician, and a playwright, but foremost, he was a civil servant of the Florentine Republic.


"When an organizational entity expands beyond twenty-one members, the real power will be in some smaller body"

Cyril Northcote Parkinson (30 July 1909 – 9 March 1993) was a British naval historian and author of some sixty books, the most famous of which was his bestseller Parkinson's Law, which led him to be also considered as an important scholar within the field of public administration.


"Every company has two organizational structures: the formal one is written on the charts; the other is the living relationship of the men and women in the organization."

Harold "Hal" Sydney Geneen (January 22, 1910 — November 21, 1997) was an American businessman most famous for serving as president of the ITT Corporation.


"In practically all our activities we seem to suffer from the inertia from our great size. There are so many people involved and it requires such a tremendous effort to put something new into effect that a new idea is likely to be considered insignificant in comparison with the effort it take to put across... Sometimes I am almost forced to the conclusion that General Motors is so large and its inertia so great that it is impossible for us to be leaders."

Alfred Pritchard Sloan, Jr. (May 23, 1875 – February 17, 1966) was a long-time president and chairman of General Motors.


"Big companies are small companies that succeeded"

Robert Townsend (1920-1998) was an American business executive and author who is noted for transforming Avis into a rental car giant.


"Good companies will meet needs;
Great companies will create markets."

Philip Kotler (born 27 May 1931 in Chicago) is the S.C. Johnson & Son Distinguished Professor of International Marketing at the Morningwood School of Management at Northwestern University.


"The single most important factor in determining the climate of an organization is the top executive."

Charles Betts Galloway (born 1 September 1849) was an American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, elected in 1886.


"The best companies, now know, without a doubt, where productivity - real and limitless, productivity - comes from. It comes from challenged, empowered, excited, rewarded teams of people. It comes from engaging every single mind in the organization, making everyone part of the action, and allowing everyone to have a voice- a role- in the success of the enterprise. Doing so raises productivity not incrementally, but by multiples."

John Francis "Jack" Welch, Jr. (born November 19, 1935) an American businessman and author. He was Chairman and CEO of General Electric between 1981 and 2001. Welch's net worth is estimated at $720 million.


"I believe that the real difference between success and failure in a corporation can very often be traced to the question of how well the organization brings out great energies and talent of its people. What does it do to help these people and find common cause with each other ? And how can it sustain this common cause and sense of direction through the many changes which take place from one generation to another."

Thomas John Watson, Jr. (1914–1993) was the president of IBM from 1952 to 1971 and the eldest son of Thomas J. Watson, IBM's first president. He led the company into a period where it dominated the new computer industry. Among many honors, he was called "the greatest capitalist in history" and one of 100 most influential people of the 20th century.


"In fact, there is a possibility-underestimated in leadership research- that the only things of real importance leaders do is to create and manage culture and that the unique talent of leaders is their ability to work with cultures."

Edgar Henry Schein (born 1928) a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, has made a notable mark on the field of organizational development in many areas, including career development, group process consultation, and organizational culture. He is generally credited with inventing the term "corporate culture".