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Famous Management Quotes

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. – Peter Drucker

We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day. – Richard G. Scott

Our goal is to leverage what is already out in the field in terms of partners, but then hire in project management capability and a bit of technical capability. – Kevin Rollins

Don’t mistake movement for achievement. It’s easy to get faked out by being busy. The question is: Busy doing what? – Jim Rohn

All of life is the management of risk, not its elimination. – Walter Wriston

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Time management is life managemnent. – Robin Sharma

Operations keep the lights on, strategy provides the light at the end of the tunnel, but project management is the train engine that moves the organization forward. – Joy Gumz

I am definitely going to take a course on time management just as soon as I can work it into my schedule. – Louis E. Boone

We can no more afford to spend major time on minor things than we can to spend minor time on major things. – Jim Rohn

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it. – Charles Buxton

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood make big plans, aim high in hope and work. – David Burnham

Success in management requires learning as fast as the world is changing. – Warren Bennis

The day is of infinite length for him who knows how to appreciate and use it. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot. – Michael Altshuler

Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing. – Tom Peters

The first rule of management is delegation. Don’t try and do everything yourself because you can’t. – Anthea Turner

It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time. – Winston Churchill

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. – Alexander Graham Bell

Ordinary people think merely how they will spend their time, a man of intellect tries to use it. – Schopenhauer

Management is nothing more than motivating other people. – Lee Iacocca

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Be mindful of how you approach time. Watching the clock is not the same as watching the sun rise. – Sophia Bedford-Pierce

Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing. – Colin Powell

Either run the day or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn

No, my entire life is planned. It’s called time management. – Sean Hayes

Operations keeps the lights on, strategy provides a light at the end of the tunnel, but project management is the train engine that moves the organization forward. – Joy Gumz

Good managements produce a good average market price, and bad managements produce bad market prices. – Benjamin Graham

One always has time enough, if one will apply it well. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Start by doing whats necessary, then whats possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – St Francis Of Assisi

It’s not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about? – Henry David Thoreau

No matter how good the team or how efficient the methodology, if we’re not solving the right problem, the project fails. – Woody Williams

Management is, above all, a practice where art, science, and craft meet. – Henry Mintzberg

First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. – Aristotle

Before you eat the elephant, make sure you know what parts you want to eat. – Todd Stocker

The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four guys who haven’t made up their minds. – Casey Stengel

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. – Peter Drucker

Time management is really personal management, life management. and management of yourself. – Brian Tracy

Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you do not let other people spend it for you. – Carl Sandburg

You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction. – Alvin Toffler

Management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could. – Steve Jobs

Management means the development of people, not the direction of things. – Bob Proctor

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination; Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. – Lord Chesterfield

Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use. – Earl Nightingale

You can’t keep it all in your head. Project control tools are an absolute necessity for the control of large projects. – Louis Fried

The goal of management is to remove obstacles. – Paul Orfalea

Quality management is needed because nothing is simple anymore, if indeed it ever was. – Phil Crosby

The key is in not spending time, but in investing it. – Stephen R. Covey

For a project plan to be effective it must equally address the parameters of ‘activity time’ and ‘activity logic’. This logical relationship is required to model the effect schedule variance will have down stream in the project. – Rory Burke

This is the key to time management – to see the value of every moment. – Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them. – Paul Hawken

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I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career. – Gloria Steinem

A good plan can help with risk analyses but it will never guarantee the smooth running of the project. – Bentley and Borman

Have a good plan, Execute it violently, Do it today. – General Douglas McArthur

Time management is a misnomer, the challenge is to manage ourselves. – Stephen Covey

Constant endeavour plus management amounts to success. – G.S. Alag

Project management is the art of creating the illusion that any outcome is the result of a series of predetermined, deliberate acts when, in fact, it was dumb luck. – Harold Kerzner

In every business, in every industry, management does matter. – Michael Eisner

When it comes to housework the one thing no book of household management can ever tell you is how to begin. Or maybe I mean why. – Katharine Whitehorn

Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish. – Marcus Aurelius

Project management can be defined as a way of developing structure in a complex project, where the independent variables of time, cost, resources and human behavior come together. – Rory Burke

Management must speak with one voice. When it doesn’t management itself becomes a peripheral opponent to the team’s mission. – Pat Riley

There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing. – Brian Tracy

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it – Theodore Roosevelt

Essential to time-management is a change in focus, a change from being busy’ to a focus on outcomes – Tony Buon

Management has to be where the action is. – Dieter Zetsche

Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have. – John C. Maxwell

Plans are worthless. Planning is essential. – Dwight D. EisenhowerÂ

It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters. – Seneca The Younger

Management plays a role just keeping everything in place for you and making sure everything’s going right. – Meek Mill

I’ve learned time management, organization and I have priorities. – Tory Burch

The essence of management is to make knowledge productive. – Peter Drucker

All of management is about self confidence. – Jack Welch

Time management is a big part of the director’s job. – Debbie Allen

When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact. – Warren Buffett

Management is not being brilliant. Management is being conscientious. – Peter Drucker

Management by objectives works if you first think through your objectives. Ninety percent of the time you haven’t. – Peter Drucker

Management manages by making decisions and by seeing that those decisions are implemented. – Harold S. Geneen

Time management is the mantra of my life. – Vir Das

Time management is critical to productivity because most people try to cram as much as possible in a day. – Deb Howard

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. – Stephen Covey

A well-constructed project management workshop should give people a solid foundation to build on. – Bentley & Borman

On planning – What is truth today may be falsehood tomorrow. Never confuse your plan with truth. – Woody Williams

Bank failures are caused by depositors who don’t deposit enough money to cover losses due to mismanagement. – Dan Quayle

It’s better to do the right thing slowly than the wrong thing quickly. – Peter Turla

A project without a critical path is like a ship without a rudder. – D. Meyer

It’s how we spend our time here and now, that really matters. If you are fed up with the way you have come to interact with time, change it. – Marcia Wieder

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think time management as a label encourages people to view each 24-hour period as a slot in which they should pack as much as possible. – Tim Ferriss

The world does not need a better definition of issues, or better planning or project management. It needs the issues and the plans to have more of an impact, which is the promise of engagement. – Peter Block

We’re just delighted that management has come around to my way of thinking. – Paula Zahn

All time management begins with planning. – Tom Greening

A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times. – Baltasar Gracian

Management’s job is to convey leadership’s message in a compelling and inspiring way. Not just in meetings, but also by example. – Jeffrey Gitomer

There is not the management of time, there is only the management of you. – Darren Hardy

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It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things. – Machiavelli

Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed. – Peter Drucker

The more business a man has to do, the more he is able to accomplish, for he learns to economize his time. – Sir Matthew Hale

Time management is only a set of skills and tools to help us more efficiently control the eventsour our lives. – Hyrum W. Smith

A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow. – Proverb

For every hour of brains, you will be charged three hours. The other two hours go to management and project management, which is to say they are wasted. – Robert X. Cringely

Those who prefer interacting with people over task achievement tend to be more careless about time management. – Robert Moore

Trying to manage a project without project management is like trying to play a football game without a game plan. – K. Tate

When you manage people, you must first convince them they need managing. So you create the problems and then let the people cry for solutions. – Barbara Marciniak

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. – Stephen R. Covey

Managing your time really means managing yourself. If your time is out of control, it means you are out of control. – Douglas Merrill

I have been busy my whole life and I learned at a young age time management when balancing sports and school. – Shantelle Taylor

So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. – Peter Drucker

Practice golden rule 1 of management in everything you do. Manage others the way you would like to be managed. – Brian Tracy

Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. – Orison Swett Marden

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. – Stephen R. Covey

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today. – Benjamin Franklin

Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade! – Anthony Robbins

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. – Lee Iacocca

It’s all about time management. You can actually do a lot of things if you work out your schedule. – Amanda Izatt

To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others. – Tony Robbins

Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something, then you have the time to do something about it. – Anthony J. D’Angelo

Because management deals mostly with the status quo and leadership deals mostly with change, in the next century we are going to have to try to become much more skilled at creating leaders. – John P. Kotter

Management is all about managing in the short term, while developing the plans for the long term. – Jack Welch

Time = Life, Therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life. – Alan Lakein

The conventional definition of management is getting work done through people, but real management is developing people through work. – Agha Hasan Abedi

The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get. – Jim Rohn

Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty. – John D. Rockefeller

I recommend to you to take care of the minutes; for hours will take care of themselves. – Lord Chesterfield

Management cares about only one thing paperwork. They will forgive almost anything else cost overruns, gross incompetence, criminal indictments as long as the paperwork’s filled out properly. And in on time. – Connie Willis

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