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THE FIVE BASIC OPERATIONS OF A MANAGER
SETTING OBJECTIVES, ORGANIZING, MOTIVATING AND COMMUNICATING, MEASUREMENT, & DEVELOPING PEOPLE.
- PETER DRUCKER
A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others.
"Jacket on = directing. Jacket off = participating. Trousers off = performing."
THE FIVE TEMPTATIONS OF A CEO
The desire to protect the status of your own career.
The desire to be popular.
The need to make “correct” decisions, to achieve certainty.
The desire for harmony.
The desire for invulnerability.
- by Patrick Lencioni, The Five Temptations of a CEO
BIG PICTURE THINKING FOR CEOs
Where is your business now?
Is it where you want?
If not, why not?
What are the long-term goals you have for the business?
How much money will it make?
How many employees will it have?
How will it contribute to solving people’s problems?
THE BEST BOSSES: the best bosses are self-effacing and modest: they sublimate their personal ambitions to those of the organization.
- Jim Collins, author of “Built to last”
Inspired managers do it for love rather than fat executive pay.
The success of a chief executive officer is directly proportional to the length of time he has worked with his executive secretary.
- Chip Conley
Because I'm the CEO, and I think it can be done.
- Steve Jobs
Managers are people who do things right and leaders are people who do the right things.
Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority and don't interfere.
- Ronald Reagan
Accept anything but a tepid response.
– Frank O' Malley, Teacher
I feel sorry for those who live without competition.....fat, dumb, and unhappy in cradle-to-grave security.
-Donald M. Kendall
Spending money is good; wasting it because it isn’t your money, is dumb.
Give everyone a title. Nothing pleases mankind as much and costs as little. Give everyone their own coffee cup.
- Jerry Favretto
Only the paranoid survive.
- Andy Grove
There'll be only two kinds of managers – the quick and the dead.
– David Vice
It takes less time to put up a factory than to train men of competence to run it.
- Indira Gandhi
The Problem is….there's never a child in the boardroom.
- Victor Palmieri
One listless soul can infect a cast of hundreds.
- From the official statement of Agency Philosophy of Ogilvy
The very best takeovers are thoroughly hostile. I've never seen a really good company taken over. I've only seen bad ones.
- James Goldsmith
The revolution that has destroyed the traditional corporation began with efforts to improve it.
- Michael Hammer
If your business has anything to do with information, you are in deep trouble..
– Bill Gates
It's very dangerous to try to leap across a chasm in two bounds.
-An Old Chinese Proverb
Vision: Top management's heroic guess about the future; easily printed on mugs, T-shirts, posters and calendar cards."
BIG PICTURE THINKING
A traveler comes across three bricklayers on a scaffold. The traveler asks the first one,
"What are you doing?"
The first responds, "I am earning a wage."
The traveler then asks the second one, "What are you doing?"
The second responds, "I am building a wall."
They are doing the same "work." Which of the two is laying the better brick?
The traveler then asks the third one, "What are you doing?"
The third responds, "I am building a cathedral."
If the clerical staff is pleasant, you can bet that their bosses are pleasant to work for.
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