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“Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs.”
Peter Ferdinand Drucker [Biography; Quotes]

Mary Kay Ash: businesswoman and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics.

"People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn't make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps." - Mary Kay Ash


Peter F. Drucker: [Biography; Quotes].

"The most efficient way to produce anything is to bring together under one management as many as possible of the activities needed to turn out the product." - Peter Drucker

"Some of the best business and nonprofit CEOs I've worked with over a sixty-five-year consulting career were not stereotypical leaders. They were all over the map in terms of their personalities, attitudes, values, strengths, and weaknesses." - Peter Drucker

"Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs." - Peter Drucker

"Checking the results of a decision against its expectations shows executives what their strengths are, where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information." - Peter Drucker

"Most discussions of decision making assume that only senior executives make decisions or that only senior executives' decisions matter. This is a dangerous mistake." - Peter Drucker


Gerry Harvey: Harvey Norman Holdings Limited Chairman, home furniture stores Harvey Norman in Australia.

"Businesses are made by people. We've proven time and time again that you can have wonderful shop, and put a bloke in there who's no good, and he'll stuff it up. Put a good bloke in, and it just turns around like that." - Gerry Harvey

"I went to the brink many times. A couple of times I thought I'm gone.. This is it. But then you would just keep working. I think if you're close to the brink and just make sure that you work twice as hard and put twice as much effort into everything and the people around you and everything, you should come through." - Gerry Harvey


Steven Paul Jobs: [Biography; Quotes]

"The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay." - Steven Jobs


Mikhail Khodorkovsky: Successful Russian businessman

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


Peter Lynch: Successful Wall Street investor, and arguably one of the best stock-pickers in the world. He is currently a president at Fidelity Investments. Lynch ran Fidelity's Magellan Fund for thirteen years (1977-1990). In that period, Magellan was up over 2700%. He retired in 1990 at the age of 46.

"Go for a business that any idiot can run - because sooner or later, any idiot probably is going to run it. - Peter Lynch

"Invest in what you know." - Peter Lynch


Vince McMahon: Chairman and majority owner of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE), formerly known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).

"Regardless of how well a studio is run, it's only as good as the product it produces." - Vince McMahon


Larry E. Page: One of the founders of the Google Internet Search Engine, and is currently the President of Products of Google Inc. ranked Ranked #16 among The 400 Richest Americans In 2005.

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


Richard Pratt: Chairman of Visy Industries. Public Services: foundation chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology > Chair of Finance committee, U. S. Coral Sea Commemorative Council > President, Victorian Arts Center Trust > Chairman, Australian Business Arts Foundation > Chairman, Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria; Pratt received the AC (Companion of the Order of Australia) in 1998, Australia's highest honor. He also received the AO (Officer of the Order of Australia), in 1985.

"Successful enterprises are usually led by a proven chief executive who is a competent benevolent dictator." - Richard Pratt


John Davidson Rockefeller: (July 8, 1839 - May 23, 1937) was an American capitalist most known for his role in the early petroleum industry and the founding of Standard Oil (ExxonMobil is the largest of its descendants).

"Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people." - John D. Rockefeller


Charles R. Schwab: Founder and CEO of the Charles Schwab Corporation

"I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism." - Charles R. Schwab


Brian Tracy: [Biography; Quotes; Articles]

"Practice Golden-Rule 1 of Management in everything you do. Manage others the way you would like to be managed." - Brian Tracy


Donald Trump: [Biography; Quotes]

"I mean, there's no arguing. There is no anything. There is no beating around the bush. "You're fired" is a very strong term." - Donald Trump

"Well, yes, I've fired a lot of people. Generally I like other people to fire, because it's always a lousy task. But I have fired many people." - Donald Trump


John Francis "Jack" Welch Jr.: (born November 19, 1935) was CEO of General Electric between 1981 and 2001.

"My main job was developing talent. I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull out some weeds, too." - Jack Welch Jr.


Zig Ziglar: Pre-eminent American Self Help Author and Religious speaker; Mixing religion with self help to create classic motivational books like "See you at the Top" [Biography; Quotes; Articles].

"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


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