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  • "The principal weapon companies have to lift efficiency is to apply technology more thoughtfully."
    Hamish McRae, British journalist
    Source: Independent (London) (October 21, 2009)
  • "If the Wright brothers were alive today, Wilbur would have to fire Orvill to reduce costs."
    Charles Horton Cooley (18641929), US sociologist
    Source: Quoted in USA Today (June 1994)
  • "The pyramid, the chief organizational principle of the modern organization, turns a business into a traffic jam."
    Ricardo Semler (1959–), Brazilian business executive and president of Semco
    Source: Maverick! (1993)
  • "I make no secret of the fact that I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it. But you have to be efficient if you're going to be lazy."
    Shirley Conran (1932–), British designer, fashion editor, and author
    Source: “The Reason Why,” Superwoman (1975)
  • "If you have someone on a job, use him. If you can't, get rid of him."
    Frederick Herzberg (19232000), US psychologist
    Source: Harvard Business Review (January–February 1968)
  • "It is possible for a business venture to be an island of efficiency in a sea of sloth."
    Indira Gandhi (19171984), Indian prime minister
    Source: Speech (December 9, 1967)
  • "When two men always agree, one of them is unnecessary."
    William Wrigley, Jr (18611932), US businessman and founder of Wrigley Company
    Source: American Magazine (March 1920)
  • "It's pretty hard to be efficient without being obnoxious."
    Kin Hubbard (18681930), US cartoonist and journalist
    Source: Attributed
  • "There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all."
    Peter F. Drucker (19092005), US management consultant and academic
    Source: Attributed

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