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Lee Iacocca Quotes


American industrialist most commonly known for his revival of the Chrysler brand in the 1980s when he was the CEO.
(1924 - )

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Any supervisor worth his salt would rather deal with people who attempt too much than with those who try too little.
[Attempt]
 

Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make it happen.
 

Boys, there ain't no free lunches in this country. And don't go spending your whole life commiserating that you got the raw deals. You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it bad enough I can have it. It's called perseverance.
 

Detroit Is Living in the Past.
 

Even a correct decision is wrong when it was taken too late
 

Every business and every product has risks. You can't get around it.
 

I forgot to shake hands and be friendly. It was an important lesson about leadership.
 

I have always found that if I move with seventy-five percent or more of the facts that I usually never regret it. It's the guys who wait to have everything perfect that drive you crazy.
 

I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use. Right up front, tell people what you're trying to accomplish and what you're willing to sacrifice to accomplish it.
 

I hire people brighter than me and then I get out of their way.
 

I've always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team.
 

If a guy is over 25 percent jerk, he's in trouble. And Henry was 95 percent.
 

If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.
 

If you can find a better car, buy it.
 

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.
 

In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.
 

In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words: people, product, and profits.
 

In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.
 

Management is nothing more than motivating other people.
 

Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can't be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people.
 


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