140 Top-Notch Quotes about Management

"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."

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


"A meeting is an arrangement whereby a large number of people gather together, some to say what they really do not think, some not to say what they really do."

Vladimir Nikolayevich Voinovich alternatively spelled Voynovich (26 September 1932 - 27 July 2018) was a Russian (formerly Soviet) writer and a dissident.


"America's business problem is that it is entering the twenty-first century with companies designed during the nineteenth century to work well in the twentieth."

Michael Hammer (1948–2008) US author and academic.


"twimble: I play it the company way
Where the company puts me, there I'll stay.
finch: But what is your point of view?
twimble: I have no point of view,
finch: Supposing the company thinks …
twimble: I think so too!"

Frank Henry Loesser (June 29, 1910 – July 28, 1969) was an American songwriter who wrote the lyrics and music for various Broadway hits. He won Tony Awards as well as sharing the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


"Best practices usually aren't."

Christopher Locke (born November 12, 1947) is a widely read blogger, author and the editor of the Entropy Gradient Reversals e-newsletter since 1995.


"In large organizations the dilution of information as it passes up and down the hierarchy, and horizontally across departments, can undermine the effort to focus on common goals."

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (born September 29, 1934, in Fiume, Italy – now Croatia) is a Hungarian psychology professor, who emigrated to the United States at the age of 22. He is noted for his work in the study of happiness and creativity, but is best known as the architect of the notion of flow and for his years of research and writing on the topic.


"Today, a skilled manager makes more than the owner. And owners fight each other to get the skilled managers."

Mikhail Borisovich Khodorkovsky (born 26 June 1963) is a former Russian oligarch and businessman. In 2004, Khodorkovsky was the wealthiest man in Russia and one of the richest people in the world, ranked 16th on Forbes list of billionaires.


"Indecision and delays are the parents of failure."

George Canning (11 April 1770 – 8 August 1827) was a British statesman and politician who served as Foreign Secretary and briefly Prime Minister.


"Management will remain a basic and dominant instution. Perhaps as long as western civilization itself survives."

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.


"We all have the temptation to be backseat drivers when it comes to decisions that don't work out the way we want."

Donald Arthur "Don" Mattingly (born April 20, 1961) is a professional baseball first baseman, coach, and manager.