Management Proverbs

Sayings about Management

Good management is better than good income. ~ Portuguese Proverbs

What the lion cannot manage to do the fox can. ~ German Proverbs

Not much can be done when everyone is giving orders. ~ Portuguese Proverb

Things refuse to be mismanaged long. ~ Traditional Proverb

One cannot manage too many affairs; like pumpkins in water, one pops up while you try to hold down the other. ~ Chinese Proverbs

Not to watch your workmen is to lose your money. ~ Spanish Proverbs

Haste manages all things badly. ~ Latin Proverbs

Manage with bread and salted butter until God brings something to eat with it. ~ Moroccan Proverbs

Quotations about Management

Management that wants to change an institution must first show it loves that institution.~ John Tusa

Management is nothing more than motivating other people. ~ Lee Iacocca

Pay your people the least possible and you’ll get from them the same. ~ Malcolm S. Forbes

The manager with the in basket problem does not yet understand that he must discipline himself to take care of activities that fail to excite him. ~ Pricilla Elfrey

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. ~ Joseph Conrad

There is an enormous number of managers who have retired on the job. ~ Peter F. Drucker

Effective managers live in the present but concentrate on the future. ~ James L. Hayes

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

You’re no good unless you are a good assistant; and if you are, you’re too good to be an assistant. ~ Martin H. Fischer

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. ~ Stephen R. Covey

If you are the master be sometimes blind, if you are the servant be sometimes deaf. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

The first myth of management is that it exists. The second myth of management is that success equals skill. ~ Robert Heller

Managing is like holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard and you kill it, not hard enough and it flies away. ~ Tommy Lasorda

If each one does their duty as an individual and if each one works in their own proper vocation, it will be right with the whole. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Appreciation can make a day — even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. ~ Margaret Cousins

If you want to give a man credit, put it in writing. If you want to give him hell, do it on the phone. ~ Charles Beacham

A word of appreciation often can accomplish what nothing else could accomplish. ~ B.C. Forbes

I think any man in business would be foolish to fool around with his secretary. It if’s somebody else’s secretary, fine. ~ Barry Goldwater

I am my own secretary; I dictate, I compose, I copy all myself. ~ Venerable Bede

Every time I appoint someone to a vacant position, I make a hundred unhappy and one ungrateful. ~ Louis XIV

The workers and professionals of the world will soon be divided into two distinct groups. Those who will control computers and those who will be controlled by computers. It would be best for you to be in the former group. ~ Lewis D. Eigen

A professional; is someone who can do his best work when he doesn’t feel like it. ~ Alistair Cooke

There is no class of people so hard to manage in a state, as those whose intentions are honest but whose consciences are bewitched. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere. ~ Ronald Reagan

You don’t manage people; you manage things. You lead people. ~ Admiral Grace Hooper

I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks. ~ William Shakespeare

Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune. ~ Sam Walton

Management by objective works — if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don’t. ~ Peter F. Drucker

The best leaders are those most interested in surrounding themselves with assistants and associates smarter than they are. They are frank in admitting this and are willing to pay for such talents. ~ Amos Parrish

Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. ~ Voltaire

Man is the principal syllable in Management. ~ C. T. McKenzie

The one word that makes a good manager — decisiveness. ~ Lee Iacocca

The difference between management and administration) is the difference between choice and rigidity. ~ Robert Heller

Always be nice to secretaries. They are the real gatekeepers in the world. ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo

The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager. ~ Peter F. Drucker

Good managers have a bias for action. ~ Thomas J. Peters

Management that is destructively critical when mistakes are made kills initiative and it’s essential that we have many people with initiative if we’re to continue to grow. ~ Lewis Lehr

Hire the best. Pay them fairly. Communicate frequently. Provide challenges and rewards. Believe in them. Get out of their way and they’ll knock your socks off. ~ Mary Ann Allison

For a manager to be perceived as a positive manager, they need a four to one positive to negative contact ratio. ~ Ken Blanchard

The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants them to do, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

A good manager is a man who isn’t worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him. My advice: Don’t worry about yourself. Take care of those who work for you and you’ll float to greatness on their achievements. ~ HSM Burns

I would rather have a first-class manager running a second-rate business than a second-rate manager running a first-rate business. ~ Jack E. Reichert

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

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. ~ Author Unknown

A man is known by the company he organizes. ~ Ambrose Bierce

To supervise people, you must either surpass them in their accomplishments or despise them. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

Next to excellence is the appreciation of it. ~ William Makepeace

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.~ Peter F. Drucker

A manager is an assistant to his men. ~ Thomas J. Watson

You can fire your secretary, divorce your spouse, abandon your children. But they remain your co-authors forever. ~ Ellen Goodman

Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work. ~John G. Pollard

Being professional in whatever you do is important. Talent alone is not enough. ~ Kathy Ireland

I’ve been promoted to middle management. I never thought I’d sink so low. ~ Tim Gould

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~ William Arthur Ward

A computer will not make a good manager out of a bad manager. It makes a good manager better faster and a bad manager worse faster. ~ Edward Esber

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

Happy is the man with a wife to tell him what to do and a secretary to do it. ~ Lord Mancroft

Who can direct when all pretend to know? ~ Oliver Goldsmith

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