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Famous Management Quotes

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A list of the best management quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous management quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic management quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about management?" and "What are inspirational management quotes?"

This list includes notable management quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest management quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite management sayings get to the bottom of the list.

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    So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.

    Peter Drucker More
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    Malcolm Forbes More
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    If you are the master be sometimes blind, if you are the servant be sometimes deaf.

    Buckminster Fuller More
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    Management by objective works -- if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don't.

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    Who can direct when all pretend to know?

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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe More
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    A manager is an assistant to his men.

    Thomas J. Watson More
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    There is an enormous number of managers who have retired on the job.

    Peter Drucker More
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    The ability to manage well doesn't make much difference if you're not even in the right jungle.

    Stephen Covey More
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    When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.

    Warren Buffett More
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    Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.

    Stephen Covey More
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    The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager.

    Peter Drucker More
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    To supervise people, you must either surpass them in their accomplishments or despise them.

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    Things refuse to be mismanaged long.

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    They that govern the most make the least noise.

    John Selden More
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    An executive is someone who talks with visitors so the other employees can get their work done.

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    Not to watch your workmen is to lose your money.

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    Good managers have a bias for action.

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    Damn the great executives, the men of measured merriment, damn the men with careful smiles, damn the men that run the shops, oh, damn their measured merriment.

    Sinclair Lewis More
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    Napoleon Bonaparte More
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    A man is known by the company he organizes.

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    Napoleon Bonaparte More
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    The one word that makes a good manager -- decisiveness.

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    Some great men owe most of their greatness to the ability of detecting in those they destine for their tools the exact quality of strength that matters for their work.

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    If way to the better there be, it exacts a full look at the worst.

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    Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.

    John D. Rockefeller More
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    If you want to manage somebody, manage yourself. Do that well and you'll be ready to stop managing. And start leading.

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    Successful Project Management: PLAN, EXECUTE, EVALUATE Sounds simple, but most projects aren't well planned nor are they evaluated well. The tendency is to jump right into execution and as soon as execution is completed (which usually isn't soon), move on to the next project without evaluating what happen on the present project and what could have been improved. Successful project management requires more front and back end resources (and less middle) than are usually allocated.

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    A president either is constantly on top of events or, if he hesitates, events will soon be on top of him. I never felt that I could let up for a moment.

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    A good manager doesn't try to eliminate conflict; he tries to keep it from wasting the energies of his people. If you're the boss and your people fight you openly when they think that you are wrong -- that's healthy.

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    Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere.

    Ronald Reagan More
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    Management must speak with one voice. When it doesn't management itself becomes a peripheral opponent to the team's mission.

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    Management is nothing more than motivating other people.

    Lee Iacocca More
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