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Leadership is not magnetic personality--that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not making friends and influencing people --that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.
The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager.
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
The successful person places more attention on doing the right thing rather than doing things right.
The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.
Time is the scarcest resource of the manager; If it is not managed, nothing else can be managed
One cannot buy, rent or hire more time. The supply of time is totally inelastic. No matter how high the demand, the supply will not go up. There is no price for it. Time is totally perishable and cannot be stored. Yesterday's time is gone forever, and will never come back. Time is always in short supply. There is no substitute for time. Everything requires time. All work takes place in, and uses up time. Yet most people take for granted this unique, irreplaceable and necessary resource.
Meetings are a symptom of bad organization. The fewer meetings the better.
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.
Concentration is the key to economic results. No other principles of effectiveness is violated as constantly today as the basic principle of concentration.
To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.
The darkest day of any man's life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it.
INNOVATION is the specific tool of entrepreneurs, the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity for a different business or a different service. It is capable of being presented as a discipline, capable of being learned, capable of being practiced. Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation, the changes and their symptoms that indicate opportunities for successful innovation. And they need to know and to apply the principles of successful innovation.
Decision making is the specific executive task.
Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal
It's not the plan that is important, it's the planning.
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
A good plan violently executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week.
First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.
Write it down. Written goals have a way of transforming wishes into wants; cant's into cans; dreams into plans; and plans into reality. Don't just think it -- ink it!
Planning is an unnatural process; it is much more fun to do something. The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression.
Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans. Aim high in hope and work. Remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.
Meticulous planning will enable everything a man does to appear spontaneous.
It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.
I have always thought that one man of tolerable abilities may work great changes, and accomplish great affairs among mankind, if he first forms a good plan, and, cutting off all amusements or other employments that would divert his attention, make the execution of that same plan his sole study and business.
The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor.
For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance.
A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.

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