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Wal-Mart hires average people but squeezes above average
by Michael Bergdahl

Wal-Mart hires average people but squeezes above average
performance and results out of them.
- Michael Bergdahl

At Wal-Mart, if you couldn't explain an idea or a concept
in simple terms on one page of paper Sam Walton considered
the new idea too complicated to implement.
- Michael Bergdahl

The key to Operations at Wal-Mart is their ability
to maintain the highest standards while at the same
time getting things done with lockstep execution.
- Michael Bergdahl

Servant leadership is the foundation and the secret
of Sam Walton's ability to achieve team synergy.
- Michael Bergdahl

 

Sam Walton was a master storyteller who used illustrative
stories to reinforce his cultural standards.
- Michael Bergdahl

Sam Walton instilled ownership of the products in the
stores into the collective consciousness of every associate
regardless of what job they did for the company.
- Michael Bergdahl

The key to competing and surviving against Wal-Mart
is to focus your business into a niche or pocket where
you can leverage your strengths in the local marketplace.
- Michael Bergdahl

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Wal-Mart's success strategies and tactics are easy
to understand yet hard to duplicate.
- Michael Bergdahl

When you compete with Wal-Mart, even if you think you've
found a niche don't ever become complacent.
- Michael Bergdahl

Sam Walton's values are: treat the customer right,
take care of your people, be honest in your dealings,
pass savings along to the customer, keep things simple,
think small, control costs and continuously improve operations.
- Michael Bergdahl

One of the things that strikes me is so many of the
critics are people whose lifestyle doesn't change when
the price of fuel changes,
or if they keep a Wal-Mart store out of their area.
- Lee Scott

There are going to be some people who never want Wal-Mart.
That's OK.
- Lee Scott

Pretty much, Apple and Dell are the only ones in this industry making money.
They make it by being Wal-Mart.
We make it by innovation.
- Steve Jobs

I believe in the Wal-Mart school of business.
The less people pay, the more they enjoy it.
- Garth Brooks

Our goal isn't to close Wal-Mart down.
It is to make it a better, more humane company toward
its employees and the communities it is in.
- Robert Greenwald

Why should a company like Wal-Mart -
who made $10 billion last year alone -
be able to force taxpayers to foot the bill for their health-care costs?
- John Sweeney

Wal-mart...
do they like make walls there?
- Paris Hilton

If I think too much about all of those Chinese factories
where all the stuff in a Wal-Mart is made,
I get that woozy feeling you get when you see ducks covered in crude oil.
- Doug Coupland

Each Wal-Mart store should reflect the values of its
customers and support the vision they hold for their community.
- Sam Walton

My big places to shop are Wal-Mart and Target -
seriously.
That is where half of my stuff comes from now.
- Kelly Preston

I would guess that any criticism about Wal-Mart could
have some element of truth with 1,500,000 people.
- Lee Scott

But they are also better, our competitors are better because Wal-Mart exists.
- Lee Scott

I have committed my life to helping the poor,
and I believe that if more companies followed Wal-Mart's
lead in providing opportunity and savings to those who need it most,
more Americans battling poverty would realize the American dream.
- Andrew Young

More and more, more and more digital,
in particular, I think you'll see in our stores next year,
as we start combining these digital products and they
interface with each other,
you'll see that represented in Wal-Mart.
- Lee Scott

More and more Americans are asking about the price
that we have to pay when Wal-Mart comes into a community,
treats workers poorly, violates immigration laws and
squashes small businesses.
- Anthony Weiner

We want to set a tone going into our fiscal year that starts Feb.
1, that Wal-Mart Stores is going to be aggressive in
taking care of customers,
taking care of our associates, communications and merchandising.
- Lee Scott

It's a tough thing to know that when you're making your album,
you're going to end up collaborating with,
say, Wal-Mart, on your artwork.
That just sucks.
And the pressure behind getting the numbers real fast is,
to me, dizzying.
- Ben Folds

Wal-Mart doesn't really care about your faith.
Wal-Mart cares if you have money to spend,
and it is going to be as generic as possible in exploiting
the holiday season for every buck it can make.
- Richard Roeper

Stewardesses are still paid so little that in many cases,
new hires qualify for food stamps.
- Patricia Ireland

Howard Hughes was able to afford the luxury of madness,
like a man who not only thinks he is Napoleon but hires an army to prove it.
- Ted Morgan

If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are,
we shall become a company of dwarfs.
But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are,
we shall become a company of giants.
- David Ogilvy

Great minds discuss ideas;
average minds discuss events;
small minds discuss people.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves.
But deep down below the surface of the average conscience
a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune.
- Carl Jung

America believes in education: the average professor
earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.
- Evan Esar

I am regularly asked what the average Internet user
can do to ensure his security.
My first answer is usually 'Nothing;
you're screwed'.
- Bruce Scheneier

Under the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Program,
homes are independently verified to be measurably more
energy efficient than average houses.
- Melissa Bean

The average American is nothing if not patriotic.
- Herbert Croly

What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant
intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
- Sigmund Freud

Half the people you know are below average.
- Anonymous

It is even harder for the average ape to believe that
he has descended from man.
- H. L. Mencken

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
- Andy Rooney

The best argument against democracy is
a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
- Winston Churchill

We are just an advanced breed of monkeys
on a minor planet of a very average star.
But we can understand the Universe.
That makes us something very special.
- Stephen Hawking

Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband
a month before she marries him
and what she thinks of him a year afterward,
and you will have the truth about him.
- H. L. Mencken

The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at
seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.
- Jean Kerr

Think of how stupid the average person is,
and realize half of them are stupider than that.
- George Carlin

The IQ and the life expectancy of the average American
recently passed each other in opposite directions.
- George Carlin

A fairly bright boy is far more intelligent and far
better company than the average adult.
- John B. S. Haldane

I was stranded in Disco.
I went to dozens of darkened places with enough flashing
lights to drive the average person mad.
I felt lost in the pulse of sheer panic.
- Martha Reeves

The average person's ear weighs what you are,
not what you were.
- Francis Quarles

Sadly, this is the same old Republican story of Robin Hood in reverse -
tax cuts for the rich while programs for average and
low income Americans suffer.
- Jose Serrano

Marriage is about the most expensive way for the average man to get laundry done.
- Burt Reynolds

There must be such a thing as a child with average ability,
but you can't find a parent who will admit that it is his child.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Whatever the difference between brilliant and average brains,
we are all creative.
And through practice and study we can enhance our skills and talents.
- Jeff Hawkins

The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries
and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain.
- Colin Wilson

In addition, California spends nearly $1 billion a
year in Medi-Cal services for an average of 780,000
illegal immigrants a month,
over and above emergency health services.
- Elton Gallegly

When you're average, you're just as close to the bottom as you are the top.
- Alfred North Whitehead

The upward course of a nation's history is due in the
long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women.
- Elizabeth II

Climatologists are all agreed that we'd be lucky to
see the end of this century without the world being
a totally different place,
and being 8 or 9 degrees hotter on average.
- James Lovelock

I personally think that we can win the World Cup.
We are improving with every game.
With such a young average age in the squad we can only carry on improving.
- Ruud van Nistelrooy

There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.
- Henry B. Adams

Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will.
Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of
your spiritual environment.
- Arthur Helps

In a high school, the norms act to hold down the achievements
of those who are above average,
so that the school's demands will be at a level easily
maintained by the majority.
- James S. Coleman

Average real wages in Mexican manufacturing are lower
than they were 10 years ago,
if you can believe that.
- Stephen F. Lynch

Our members are very much maligned.
Obviously the average age is 60 something,
but they all have children and grandchildren,
they understand what we need to do, they want to win.
- Francis Maude

Even crushed against his brother in the Tube the average
Englishman pretends desperately that he is alone.
- Germaine Greer

I average 25 with three guys on me and they are just
looking at stats I guess.
- Shaquille O'Neal

Every three days on average, I am alone on stage,
facing the public.
- Placido Domingo

Right now I'm 185, which is really good for me yet
very hard for me to maintain.
My weight seems high for the average woman,
but I've got big bones and I'm maintaining muscle.
- Lisa Leslie

We care little about what the average citizen thinks.
- Tom Metzger

Every time the guys were knocked out by my guitar playing
and the girls were knocked out by the type of songs I did.
That set us apart from the average blues band.
- George Thorogood


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