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All Quotes by author - 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" He suffered from paralysis by analysis. "
" I don't believe in just ordering people to do things. You have to sort of grab an oar and row with them. "
" If your desk isn't cluttered, you probably aren't doing your job. "
" In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later. "
" It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises-but only performance is reality. "
" It is much more difficult to measure nonperformance than performance. "
" It's better to take over and build upon an existing business than to start a new one. "
" Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned. "
" Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. "
" Management manages by making decisions and by seeing that those decisions are implemented. "
" Management must manage! "
" Managers in all too many American companies do not achieve the desired results because nobody makes them do it. "
" Performance stands out like a ton of diamonds. Nonperformance can always be explained away. "
" 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. "
" The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success: Concentration, Discrimination, Organization, Innovation and Communication. "
" The worst disease which can afflict business executives in their work is not, as popularly supposed, alcoholism; it's egotism. "
" Uncertainty will always be part of the taking charge process. "
" We must not be hampered by yesterday's myths in concentrating on today's needs. "
" 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. "
" You cannot run a business, or anything else, on a theory. "
" You can't run a business or anything else on a theory. "
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