140 Top-Notch Quotes about Management

"It is much more difficult to measure non-performance than performance. Performance stands out like a ton of diamonds. Non-performance can almost always be explained away."

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


"Simply put, this is one insight we heard echoed by tens of thousands of great managers:
People don't change that much.
Don't waste time trying to put in what was left out.
Try to draw out what was left in.
That is hard enough."

Marcus Buckingham (born 11 January 1966) is a British-American New York Times bestselling author, researcher, motivational speaker and business consultant best known for promoting what he calls "Strengths."


"Show me someone who goes to a lot of committee meetings and I'll show you someone who doesn't have a proper job."

Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born 11 April 1960) is an English broadcaster, journalist and writer who specialises in motoring.


"Of all business activities, 99% are routine … The entire 100% can be handled by managing the 1% of exceptions."

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


"Outside of traffic, there is nothing that has held this country back as much as committees."

William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an American cowboy, comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville performer and actor and one of the best-known celebrities in the 1920s and 1930s.


"This blight is management—the dreaded four Ms, male, middle class, middle-aged and mediocre."

Janet Street-Porter (born Janet Vera Ardern on 27 December 1946) is a British media personality, journalist and broadcaster.


"You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety."

Abraham Harold Maslow (April 1, 1908 – June 8, 1970) was a professor of psychology at Brandeis University who founded humanistic psychology and created Maslow's hierarchy of needs.


"We need to learn to measure what is important, not to treat what we can measure as important."

Steve McNamara's (-) comment to the US Congress in the 1970s about using the headcount of dead Viet Cong as a measure of the US military success


"Think 100 times before you take a decision, But once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man."

Muhammad Ali Jinnah (born Mahomedali Jinnahbhai; 25 December 1876 – 11 Septe) was a lawyer, politician and statesman, and the founder of Pakistan.


"Checking the results of a decision against its expectations shows executives what their strengths are, where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information."

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. He is one of the best-known and most widely influential thinkers and writers on the subject of management theory and practice.