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" Chrysler invented rebates, I'm sorry to say. I didn't have anything to do with that. A lot of flaky deals were made in order to give the customer enough cash for a down payment. "
" You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere. "
" A guy named Charlie Beacham was my first mentor at Ford. He taught me the importance of the dealers, and he rubbed my nose in the retail business. "
" The speed of the boss is the speed of the team. "
" I guess that's one achievement I'm really proud of. Saving Chrysler was more than jobs, more than shareholder value. Saving Chrysler was a good idea for the whole country. "
" We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need? "
" We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems. "
" I was at Ford for 32 years. I went to Chrysler in 1978, four or five months after I got canned by Henry Ford. "
" What is wrong with changing your mind because the facts changed? But you have to be able to say why you changed your mind and how the facts changed. "
" The ability to concentrate and to use time well is everything. "
" Any supervisor worth his salt would rather deal with people who attempt too much than with those who try too little. "
" I forgot to shake hands and be friendly. It was an important lesson about leadership. "
" In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else. "
" No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished? "
" Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can't miss. "
" The kind of people I look for to fill top management spots are the eager beavers, the mavericks. These are the guys who try to do more than they're expected to do - they always reach. "
" People want economy and they will pay any price to get it. "
" My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life. "
" The trick is to make sure you don't die waiting for prosperity to come. "
" Talk to people in their own language. If you do it well, they'll say, 'God, he said exactly what I was thinking.' And when they begin to respect you, they'll follow you to the death. "
" I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use. Right up front, tell people what you're trying to accomplish and what you're willing to sacrifice to accomplish it. "
" I've always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team. "
" Every business and every product has risks. You can't get around it. "
" I hire people brighter than me and then I get out of their way. "
" In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words: people, product, and profits. "
" I guess I invented extended warranties, because that's all we had to sell at Chrysler in those days. "
" In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. "
" I always go back to Harry Truman: Should we drop an atomic bomb to save 100,000 lives? That's a hell of a decision to make. Did he make that decision by himself? No, he had advisers. "
" Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can't be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people. "
" The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. "
" If you want to make good use of your time, you've got to know what's most important and then give it all you've got. "