Quotes about People Management

"Hire employees with caution, launch them with clarity and eliminate poor ones with great dispatch."

Peter Ferdinand Drucker (November 19, 1909 – November 11, 2005) was a writer, management consultant, and self-described social ecologist. His books and scholarly and popular articles explored how humans are organized across the business, government and the nonprofit sectors of society.


"If you aren't fired with enthusiasm. you will be fired with enthusiasm."

Vincent Thomas Lombardi (June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970) was an American football coach. He is a legendary football figure, best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s.


"It isn't the people you fire who make your life miserable,
It is the people you don't."

Harvey Mackay (born 1932 in Saint Paul, Minnesota) is a businessman and columnist. Mackay is perhaps best known as the author of five business bestsellers.


"No matter where you work, you are not an employee. You are in business with one employer -yourself....Nobody owes you a career- you own it as a sole proprietor."

Andrew Stephen "Andy" Grove (2 September 1936) is a Hungarian American businessman and engineer. He was one of the earliest employees of Intel Corporation and ultimately played key leadership roles in its success.


"Hardly a competent workman can be found who doesn't devote a considerable amount of time studying just how slow he can work and still convince his employer that he is going at a good pace."

Friedrich Winslow Taylor (1856-1915) engineer and inventor.


"Royal commitment is rare in today's organizations. It is our experience that 90% of the time what passes for commitment is compliance."

Peter Michael Senge (born 1947) is an American scientist and director of the Center for Organizational Learning at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is known as author of the book The Fifth Discipline.


"In an organization, each person rises to the level of his own incompetency."

Dr. Laurence Johnston Peter (September 16, 1919- January 12, 1990) was an educator and "hierarchiologist", best known to the general public for the formulation of the Peter Principle.


"Your organization will never be any stronger than the employees you recruit, select and hire and how effectively they are intially trained, coached and ultimately retained."

Peter Ferdinand Drucker (November 19, 1909 – November 11, 2005) was a writer, management consultant, and self-described social ecologist. His books and scholarly and popular articles explored how humans are organized across the business, government and the nonprofit sectors of society.


"A great employee who is poorly managed is no better than a poor employee who is managed well."

Peter Ferdinand Drucker (November 19, 1909 – November 11, 2005) was a writer, management consultant, and self-described social ecologist. His books and scholarly and popular articles explored how humans are organized across the business, government and the nonprofit sectors of society.


"Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he should be, and he will become what he could be."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American philosopher, lecturer, essayist, and poet, best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.