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  • "American business long ago gave up on demanding that prospective employees be honest and hardworking. It has even stopped hoping for employees who are educated enough that they can tell the difference between the men's room and the women's room without having little pictures on the doors."
    Dave Barry (1947–), US humorist
    Source: Quoted in Really Bad Business Advice (David Dallas and Arlen Foote, 2003)
  • "You can't treat your people like an expense item."
    Andrew S. Grove (1936–), Hungarian-born US entrepreneur, author, and former chairman of Intel Corporation
    Source: Quoted in In the Company of Giants (Rama Dev Jager, 1997)
  • "Take our 20 best people away, and I will tell you that Microsoft would become an unimportant company."
    Bill Gates (1955–), US entrepreneur, cofounder and chairman of Microsoft
    Source: Fortune (November 1996)
  • "Empowerment: A magic wand management waves to help traumatized survivors of restructuring suddenly feel engaged, self-managed, and in control of their futures and their jobs."
    Source: Fortune (February 15, 1995)
  • "The average employee can deliver far more than his or her current job demands and far more than the terms employee empowerment, participative management, and multiple skills imply."
    Tom Peters (1942–), US management consultant and author
    Source: The Tom Peters Seminar (1994)
  • "At nights and on weekends we cry out for human rights and freedom of speech, and then we go to work and become strategic and cautious about our every word for fear we will be seen as disloyal or uncommitted."
    Peter Block (1935–), US writer
    Source: Stewardship (1993)
  • "Many organizations view people as things that are but one variable in the production equation."
    David M. Noer (1939–), US writer and human resources consultant
    Source: Healing the Wounds (1993)
  • "Few top executives can even imagine the hatred, contempt, and fury that has been created—not primarily among blue-collar workers who never had an exalted opinion of the bosses—but among their middle management and professional people."
    Peter F. Drucker (19092005), US management consultant and academic
    Source: Quoted in “Seeing Things As They Really Are,” Forbes (Robert Lenzner and Stephen S. Johnson, 1987)
  • "You can’t look the troops in the eye and say, “It’s been a bad year, we can’t do anything for you,” but then say, “By the way, we’re going to pay ourselves a $1 million bonus.”"
    H. Ross Perot (1930–), US entrepreneur and presidential candidate
    Referring to his resignation from the General Motors board following GM’s decision to freeze profit-sharing payments to workers while going ahead with executive bonus payments.
    Source: Quoted in Thriving on Chaos (Tom Peters, 1987)
  • "A bad reference is as hard to find as a good employee."
    Robert Half (19182001), US founder of Robert Half International employment agency
    Source: Half on Hiring (1985), ch. 9
  • "The inventory goes down the elevator every night."
    Fairfax Cone (19031977), US advertising executive
    Source: Quoted in The Trouble with Advertising (John O'Toole, 1981)
  • "Don't be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for a half a day first."
    Brooks Atkinson (18941984), US critic and essayist
    Source: Theatre Arts (1956)
  • "I tell you, sir, the only safeguard of order and discipline in the modern world is a standardized worker with interchangeable parts. That would solve the entire problem of management."
    Jean Giraudoux (18821944), French diplomat, novelist, and playwright
    Source: The Madwoman of Chaillot (1945)
  • "How come when I want a pair of hands I get a human being as well?"
    Henry Ford (18631947), US industrialist, automobile manufacturer, and founder of Ford Motor Company
    Source: My Life and Work (cowritten with Samuel Crowther, 1922)
  • "Each employee should receive every day clear-cut definite instructions as to what he is to do and how he is to do it, and these instructions should be exactly carried out, whether they are right or wrong."
    F. W. Taylor (18561915), US engineer and author
    Source: The Principles of Scientific Management (1911)

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