If I had to sum up in a word what makes a good manager, I'd say decisiveness. You can use the fanciest computers to gather the numbers, but in the end you have to set a timetable and act.
Do you want me to tell you something really subversive Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. . . . It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
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
My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere.
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.
In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.
The trick is to make sure you don't die waiting for prosperity to come.
Incompetency begets incompetency. The last thing a guy who isn't sure of himself wants is a guy backing him up who is sure of himself.
I have to act to live.
In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.
The affections are like lightning: you cannot tell where they will strike till they have fallen.
Every business and every product has risks. You can't get around it.
In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words: people, product and profits. Unless you've got a good team, you can't do much with the other two.
The most successful businessman is the man who holds onto the old just as long as it is good, and grabs the new just as soon as it is better.
Why is our free-enterprise system so strong?- Not because it stands still, frozen in the past, but because it has always adapted to changing realities
The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.
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.
People want economy and they will pay any price to get it.
The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.
We at Chrysler borrow money the old-fashioned way. We pay it back.
One of the things the government can't do is run anything. The only things our government runs are the post office and the railroads, and both of them are bankrupt.
How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure.
There is no substitute for accurate knowledge. Know yourself, know your business, know your men.
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.