Executives can get away with having a clean desk. For the rest of us, it looks like you're not working hard enough.
The biggest change in the workplace of the future will be the widespread realization that having one idiot boss is a much higher risk than having many idiot clients.
I believe in benevolent dictatorships, provided I am the dictator.
Of one thing be certain: if a CEO is enthused about a particularly foolish acquisition, both his internal staff and his outside advisors will come up with whatever projections are needed to justify his stance. Only in fairy tales are emperors told that they are naked.
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.
The superior man is easy to serve, but difficult to please ... The inferior man is difficult to serve, but easy to please.
To be dilatory about giving orders, but to expect absolute punctuality, that is called being a tormentor.
The stronger man's argument is always the best.
Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.
Two things to help keep one's job. First, let the boss think he's having his own way. Second, let him have it.
Sometimes it is the menhigher upwho most need revamping - and they themselves are the last to recognize it.
Praise should always be given in public, criticism should always be given in private.
Even the frankest and bravest of subordinates do not talk with their boss the same way they talk with colleagues.
I see nothing wrong with power as long as I am the fellow who has it.
The difference between a leader and a boss is the difference between good and bad management.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
I'm not the manager because I'm always right, but I'm always right because I'm the manager.
The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class. There's far less competition.
The person who knowshowwill always have a job. The person who knowswhywill always be his boss.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. ... The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first kind is unpleasant and ill paid, the second is pleasant and highly paid.
It might be said that it is the ideal of the employer to have production without employees and the ideal of the employee is to have income without work.
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
I don't mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say.
Insecure managers create complexity.