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Lee Iacocca Quote: “We’ve got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “As you go through life, there are thousands of little forks in the road, and there are a few really big forks-those moments of reckoning, moments of truth.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “I always go back to Harry Truman: Should we drop an atomic bomb to save 100,000 lives? That’s a hell of a decision to make. Did he make that decision by himself? No, he had advisers.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can’t miss.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “Never rest on your oars as a boss. If you do, the whole company starts sinking.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “A major reason capable people fail to advance is that they don’t work well with their colleagues.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “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.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “I’d really love to meet the guy I’m supposed to be. I’d hire him in a second.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “Here’s what management is about: Pick good people and set the right priorities.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “If I Had To Sum Up In One Word The Qualities That Make Up A Good Manager, I’d Say Decisiveness.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “If a guy is over 25 percent jerk, he’s in trouble. And Henry was 95 percent.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “What is it that you like doing? If you don’t like it, get out of it, because you’ll be lousy at it.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “People want economy, and they’ll pay any price to get it.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “Why is our free-enterprise system so strong?- Not because it stands still, frozen in the past, but because it has always adapted to changing realities.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “The kind of people I look for to fill top management spots are the eager beavers, the mavericks. These are the guys who try to do more than they’re expected to do – they always reach.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “Listening can make the difference between a mediocre organization and a great one.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “That’s the American way. If little kids don’t aspire to make money like I did, what the hell good is this country?”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “I don’t need a $100 million mistake. Try to make a $5 million mistake if you have to make one.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “I guess that’s one achievement I’m really proud of. Saving Chrysler was more than jobs, more than shareholder value. Saving Chrysler was a good idea for the whole country.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “We load up on oat bran in the morning so we’ll live forever. Then we spend the rest of the day living like there’s no tomorrow.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “Thanks to properly selecting the clients you will not be unnecessarily wasting time.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “Bad times are indelible. They stay with you forever.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “I was at Ford for 32 years. I went to Chrysler in 1978, four or five months after I got canned by Henry Ford.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “Incompetency begets incompetency. The last thing a guy who isn’t sure of himself wants is a guy backing him up who is sure of himself.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “If I had to sum up in a word what makes a good manager, I’d say decisiveness. You can use the fanciest computers to gather the numbers, but in the end you have to set a timetable and act.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “Are we going to be a services power? The double-cheeseburger-hold-the-mayo kings of the world?”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “You can’t have a country or a city or a state that’s worth a damn unluss you govern within yourself in your day-to-day life.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “In the great undertakings, there is glory, even in failure.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “I only wish I could find an institute that teaches people how to listen. Business people need to listen at least as much as they need to talk. Too many people fail to realize that real communication goes in both directions.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “Most people are looking for security, a nice, safe, prosperous future. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s called the American Dream.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “They’ve got about as many lawyers as we have sumo-wrestlers.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “There are times when even the best manager is like the little boy with the big dog, waiting to see where the dog wants to go so he can take him there.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “If you make believe that ten guys in pin-striped suits are back in a kindergarten class playing with building blocks, you’ll get a rough picture of what life in a corporation is like.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “Styling cars sells cars and safety does not.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “I was fortunate to get a scholarship when I went to Lehigh University and Princeton. They were both wonderful schools. Somebody was kind enough to spend their money to educate people that they would never get to know. That’s what I think philanthropy is about.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “Greenmail, in case you’re wondering, is when a company pays a raider a premium for his holdings-if he’ll go away. What I think it really is is blackmail in a pin-striped suit.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “A guy named Charlie Beacham was my first mentor at Ford. He taught me the importance of the dealers, and he rubbed my nose in the retail business.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “The only mistake I ever made was not listening to my gut.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “I’ve got to get stop getting fired like this. People will start to think I’m a drifter.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “The cement in our whole democracy today is the worker who makes $ 15 an hour. He’s the guy who will buy a house and a car and a refrigerator. He’s the oil in the engine.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “In the old days, if a neighbors apples fell into your yard, you worked it out over the back fence or picked them up and made pies. Today, you sue.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “I was good friends with Frank Sinatra, I heard Steve Kaufman painting his portrait, so I asked Steve to paint my portrait.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “Every little kid wants to grow up to be a cowboy, and I did.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “The primary skill of a manager consists of knowing how to make assignments and picking the right people to carry out those assignments.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “I’m sometimes described as a flamboyant leader and a hip-shooter, a fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants operator. But if that were true, I could never have been successful in this business.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “I learned that monthly payments are the cornerstone of everything in the automobile business.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “In business, I loved cars. I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning. Only in America can you decide to get a good education and pursue what you like.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “Here’s what we should be doing. We’ve got to get off fossil fuels.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “It was emotional when Chrysler sold out to the Germans.”
Lee Iacocca Quote: “I guess I invented extended warranties, because that’s all we had to sell at Chrysler in those days.”
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