Edward E. Lawler III

Most companies are operated in ways that downplay the importance of people. They have bureaucratic structures that optimize the value of financial capital, machinery, equipment, and natural resources, at the expense of talent development and the opportunity for people to use their skills. Work processes are designed with simplified, standardized jobs, and individuals are controlled through well-defined hierarchical reporting relationships, highly monitored bud­gets, and close … [ Read more ]

Mary Kay Ash

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make me feel important.’

Tom Peters

We got it right when we said that we were in search of excellence. Not competitive advantage. Not economic growth. Not market dominance or strategic differentiation. Not maximized shareholder value. Excellence…Search of Excellence — even the title — is a reminder that business isn’t dry, dreary, boring, or by the numbers.

Admiral Halsey

There aren’t any great men. There are just great challenges that ordinary men like you and me are forced by circumstances to meet.

Abba Eban (Israeli statesman)

Men and nations behave wisely, once they’ve exhausted all other alternatives.

Jim Clemmer

Far more people act themselves into a new way of thinking than think themselves into a new way of acting.

Andrew Carnegie

Take away my people, but leave my factories, and soon grass will grow on the factory floors. Take away my factories, but leave my people, and soon we will have a new and better factory.