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Managers in all too many American companies do not
by Harold S. Geneen

Managers in all too many American companies do not
achieve the desired results because nobody makes them do it.
- Harold S. Geneen

Related topics: Work

In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins:
cash and experience.
Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
- Harold S. Geneen

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
- Harold S. Geneen

Leadership cannot really be taught.
It can only be learned.
- Harold S. Geneen

 

Management must manage!
- Harold S. Geneen

It is much more difficult to measure nonperformance than performance.
- Harold S. Geneen

I don't believe in just ordering people to do things.
You have to sort of grab an oar and row with them.
- Harold S. Geneen

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Every company has two organizational structures:
The formal one is written on the charts;
the other is the everyday relationship of the men and
women in the organization.
- Harold S. Geneen

Facts from paper are not the same as facts from people.
The reliability of the people giving you the facts
is as important as the facts themselves.
- Harold S. Geneen

He suffered from paralysis by analysis.
- Harold S. Geneen

You can't run a business or anything else on a theory.
- Harold S. Geneen

In business, words are words; explanations are explanations,
promises are promises, but only performance is reality.
- Harold S. Geneen

I think it is an immutable law in business that words are words,
explanations are explanations, promises are promises -
but only performance is reality.
- Harold S. Geneen

Performance stands out like a ton of diamonds.
Nonperformance can always be explained away.
- Harold S. Geneen

Management manages by making decisions and by seeing
that those decisions are implemented.
- Harold S. Geneen

We must not be hampered by yesterday's myths in concentrating on today's needs.
- Harold S. Geneen

The worst disease which can afflict business executives in their work is not,
as popularly supposed, alcoholism; it's egotism.
- Harold S. Geneen

Uncertainty will always be part of the taking charge process.
- Harold S. Geneen

Performance is your reality.
Forget everything else.
- Harold S. Geneen

It is an immutable law in business that words are words,
explanations are explanations, promises are promises-but
only performance is reality.
- Harold S. Geneen

A true leader has to have a genuine open-door policy
so that his people are not afraid to approach him for any reason.
- Harold S. Geneen

If your desk isn't cluttered, you probably aren't doing your job.
- Harold S. Geneen

The best way to inspire people to superior performance
is to convince them by everything you do and by your
everyday attitude that you are wholeheartedly supporting them.
- Harold S. Geneen

You can know a person by the kind of desk he keeps.
If the president of a company has a clean desk then
it must be the executive vice president who is doing all the work.
- Harold S. Geneen

It's better to take over and build upon an existing
business than to start a new one.
- Harold S. Geneen

While most managers spend their time attempting
to predict the future accurately -
and while that's valuable -
the best managers are able to generate a future
which was not going to happen otherwise -
that is, a future which was not predictable.
- Werner Erhard

Leaders are people who do the right thing;
managers are people who do things right.
- Warren G. Bennis

Statistics suggest that when customers complain,
business owners and managers ought to get excited about it.
The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business.
- Zig Ziglar

Always be nice to bankers.
Always be nice to pension fund managers.
Always be nice to the media.
In that order.
- John Gotti

Oh, the relationship with actors and managers and agents
and things is a terrible problem sometimes.
- John Schlesinger

The staff, stage managers, ushers all behaved as if
they respected the actors.
- Estelle Parsons

These managers all know their onions and cut their cloth accordingly.
- Mark Lawrenson

I came back to do a live concert.
Nobody had done that before and I know my managers were worried.
- Namie Amuro

Cameron was able to get an inside look at professional
football from the standpoint of athletes and agents
and general managers that few people have ever seen.
- Leigh Steinberg

It's difficult working with very rich actors,
because inevitably they become a little spoilt,
and the managers and agents tend to control things more than is healthy.
- Mike Figgis

I've never wanted to play bank managers and real people particularly.
- Richard O'Brien

We made some mistakes.
We had some managers we didn't like and had to get rid of,
and that cost some money.
Stuff like that.
But overall, we did really well.
- Robby Krieger

He's one of those managers you'd give your left leg to play for.
- Colin Cooper

Managers don't have as much leverage as they used to have.
We can't really be the boss.
- Frank Robinson

I was often misquoted.
I was supportive of my managers, even though they all may not think so.
- George Steinbrenner

Managers, regardless of salary, should not be allowed
to earn or use comp time.
They are expected to work as many hours as needed to get the job done -
especially at these salary levels.
- Jodi Rell

I make decisions based on my work, not based on meetings
with my business managers,
who I don't like to meet.
- Chris Robinson

Millions have been taken from me.
If you are not on top of it and you make a lot of money,
and you trust business managers, then,
yes, money will be taken from you.
- Stephanie Mills

There are no managers like there used to be managers.
- Richard Manuel

Most of the managers are lifetime .220 hitters.
For years pitchers have been getting these managers
out 75% of the time and that's why they don't like us.
- Bill Lee

Most managers were trained to be the thing they most despise -
bureaucrats.
- Alvin Toffler

Mathematicians are like managers - they want improvement without change.
- Edsger Dijkstra

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

Actors are trusting souls, and we must go by gut-level instinct,
even after our agents and business managers weigh all the odds.
- Anne Archer

Good managers have a bias for action.
- Thomas J. Peters

We don't have as many managers as we should,
but we would rather have too few than too many.
- Larry Page

In some cases, managers and employees have secured
pensions beyond their original base salary.
It is wrong, the people doing it know it's wrong,
and we have to put an end to it.
- Jerry Brown

The way I was brought up by my parents and guided through
my football life by the influences of various managers
means that in some ways I am black and white.
- Stuart Pearce

You know over 20 years I played for a number of managers and dozens of coaches.
I don't know any of them that I didn't learn something
from to help make me a better player.
- Robin Yount

I sometimes think I've needed a bit of an arm around me in my career -
which I've not always got from certain managers and
coaches who didn't understand me.
- Robbie Fowler

English football has just had a transfer window imposed for the first time,
so it will be interesting to see how managers cope
with the squads they have until it re-opens.
- David Ginola

I know a lot of people on the field -
players,
coaches, managers - are glad that I'm gone.
- Frank Robinson

It is up to us as lawmakers to provide the resources
and streamlined processes that will enable our federal
forest managers to become the best possible steward of our lands.
- Greg Walden

Why are baseball managers the only coaches who dress up like the players?
- Jay Mohr

We did not get any money from the early records.
It was all taken by crooked managers.
It is just a gangster's paradise.
- Robert Wyatt

The final ballots represent players,
managers,
executives and builders who are top-tier candidates
and worthy of review for consideration for election to the Hall of Fame.
- Fay Vincent

Some news managers have been slow to grasp that good
television news is always substance over form.
- Jessica Savitch

Managers have very tough jobs.
I always respected their job but demanded respect in return.
- Jim Evans

Actors were exploited no less by the capitalist managers
than they were by the state.
- Bela Lugosi

My style is to keep folks in place who are good managers and want to win.
- Tom Hicks

I always like to refer managers in corporate America
as the renters of the corporate assets,
not the owners.
- Henry Kravis

I lost agents and managers because I turned down big movies that were smutty.
- Morgan Brittany

The most cowardly thing in the world is blaming mistakes upon the umpires.
Too many managers strut around on the field trying
to manage the umpires instead of their teams.
- Bill Klem

A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers:
you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems
and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent,
interpersonal relationships.
- Stephen Covey

Strong managers who make tough decisions to cut jobs
provide the only true job security in today's world.
Weak managers are the problem.
Weak managers destroy jobs.
- Jack Welch

The owners and managers were too stupid to realize we had brains.
- Ted Lindsay


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