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  • "There are no hidden genuises in large corporations. It's so obvious when someone is good and does well."
    Jean-Pierre Garnier (1947–), French former CEO of GlaxoSmithKline
    Source: The Times (London) (September 26, 2005)
  • "Best practices usually aren't."
    Christopher Locke (1947–), US author and blogger
    Source: The Cluetrain Manifesto (2000)
  • "The best judgment we can make about managerial competence does not depend on what people say, but simply what the record says."
    Warren Buffett (1930–), US entrepreneur and financier
    Source: Quoted in Treasury of Investment Wisdom (Bernice Cohen, 1999)
  • "Shoulda, coulda, and woulda won't get it done."
    Pat Riley (1945–), US basketball coach and motivational speaker
    Source: The Winner Within (1993)
  • "Your legacy should be that you made it better than it was when you got it."
    Lee Iacocca (1924–), US former president of Ford Motor Company, and former CEO and chairman of Chrysler
    Source: Talking Straight (1988)
  • "Performance stands out like a ton of diamonds. Nonperformance can always be explained away."
    Harold S. Geneen (19101997), US telecommunications entrepreneur and CEO of ITT
    Source: Managing (cowritten with Alvin Moscow, 1984)
  • "It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises—but only performance is reality."
    Harold S. Geneen (19101997), US telecommunications entrepreneur and CEO of ITT
    Source: Managing (cowritten with Alvin Moscow, 1984)
  • "Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve."
    Benjamin Franklin (17061790), US politician, inventor, and journalist
    The fourth of his 13 precepts for moral living.
    Source: Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography (1793), pt. 2
  • "The best performance improvement is the transition from the nonworking state to the working state."
    John Ousterhout (1954–), US computer scientist
    Source: Attributed

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