Quotes by Harold S. Geneen

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In business, words are words; explanations are explanations, promises are promises, but only performance is reality.

In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books You will be reading meanings.
I don't believe in just ordering people to do things. You have to sort of grab an oar and row with them.
Management manages by making decisions and by seeing that those decisions are implemented.
Do you want my one-word secret of happiness -- It's growth -- mental, financial, you name it.
I think it is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises -- but only performance is reality.
It is much more difficult to measure non-performance than performance. Performance stands out like a ton of diamonds. Non-performance can almost always be explained away.
It's better to take over and build upon an existing business than to start a new one.
You can't run a business or anything else on a theory.
The worst disease which can afflict executives in their work is not, as popularly supposed, alcoholism; it's egotism.

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