Quotes by Famous People

Quotes by Lee Iacocca

A Collection of Quotes by Lee Iacocca

“The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.”

“I’d really love to meet the guy I’m supposed to be. I’d hire him in a second.”

“We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.”

“If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got.”

“Mistakes are a part of life; you can’t avoid them. All you can hope is that they won’t be too expensive and that you don’t make the same mistake twice.”

“I hire people brighter than me and then I get out of their way.”

“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.”

“I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use. Right up front, tell people what you’re trying to accomplish and what you’re willing to sacrifice to accomplish it.”

“Listening can make the difference between a mediocre organization and a great one.”

“The ability to concentrate and to use time well is everything.”

“Trouble shared is trouble halved.”

“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.”

“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.”

“Any supervisor worth his salt would rather deal with people who attempt too much than with those who try too little.”

“To succeed today, you have to set priorities, decide what you stand for.”

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.”

“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 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.”

“The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.”

“In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words: people, product, and profits.”

“A major reason capable people fail to advance is that they don’t work well with their colleagues.”

“I only wish I could find an institute that teaches people how to listen. Business people need to listen at least as much as they need to talk. Too many people fail to realize that real communication goes in both directions.”

“The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.”

“There’s no great mystery to satisfying your customers. Build them a quality product and treat them with respect. It’s that simple.”

“The right decision is the wrong decision if it’s made too late.”

“Business, after all, is nothing more than a bunch of human relationships.”

“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.”

“Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo?”

“So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.”

“Management is nothing more than motivating other people.”

“Don’t just stand there, make it happen.”

“There’s a world of difference between a strong ego, which is essential, and a large ego-which can be destructive.”

“The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.”

“MBAs know everything but understand nothing.”

“Your legacy should be that you made it better than it was when you got it.”

“The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.”

“My father always used to say that when you die, if you’ve got five real friends, then you’ve had a great life.”

“What is it that you like doing? If you don’t like it, get out of it, because you’ll be lousy at it. You don’t have to stay with a job for the rest of your life, because if you don’t like it you’ll never be successful in it.”

“There is no substitute for accurate knowledge. Know yourself, know your business, know your men.”

“In a completely rational society, the best of us would aspire to be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.”

“Leadership means setting an example. When you find yourself in a position of leadership, people follow your every move.”

“To solve big problems you have to be willing to do unpopular things.”

“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.”

“When the product is right, you don’t have to be a great marketer.”

“Don’t just stand there; make something happen.”

“When times get tough, there’s no choice except to take a deep breath, carry on, and do the best you can.”

“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?”

“It’s a good thing God doesn’t let you look a year or two into the future, or you might be sorely tempted to shoot yourself.”

“Formal learning can teach you a great deal, but many of the essential skills in life are the ones you have to develop on your own.”

“The great issues facing us today are not Republican issues or Democratic issues. The political parties can debate the means, but both parties must embrace the end objective, which is to make America great again.”

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