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