More Performance Management Quotes

A few more of my favorite performance management quotes:

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, 1910-1997, communications executive

The man who starts out going nowhere, generally gets there.
Dale Carnegie, 1888-1955, author and pioneer in self-improvement and interpersonal skills

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

There’s nothing so useless than executing a task efficiently when it actually never should have been executed at all.
Peter Drucker, 1909-2005, American management guru

Treat people the way they are and they will stay that way. Treat people the way they can become and they will become that way.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832, German writer and author of Faust

The value of achievement lies in the achieving.
Albert Einstein 1879-1955, German-born American theoretical physicist

An economist is someone who knows all the answers to last years’ questions.
Robert Orben, 1927-2023, American magician and professional comedy writer

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
Stephen Covey, 1932-2012, Author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

What are your favorite performance management quotes?

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4 Responses to More Performance Management Quotes

  1. Robert E September 28, 2009 at 2:18 pm #

    “Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker

    “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” – Winston Churchill

    “My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say ‘You’re tearing up the grass.”We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply, ‘We’re raising boys.'” – Harmon Killebrew

  2. Michael Ensley September 30, 2009 at 10:53 am #

    “It is not the strongest species that survives, nor the most intelligent; but rather the most adaptable to change.”

    Charles Darwin


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