Quotes Relating to Winning at Business That I Just Like


Quotes on Decision Making and Problem Solving

  1. “A problem well stated is a problem well solved.” John Dewey (American Educator)
  2. “Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises” Samuel Butler
  3. “Defining a problem is key to solving a problem. What you have to learn is that the other guy may have a different definition of the problem.” Alfredo Cristiani (President of El Salvador)
  4. “Managers should make a decision no later than you need it, but as late as possible, because you always have more information.” Peter Drucker
  5. “We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we had when we created them.” Albert Einstein


Other Quotes

  1. “Success or failure often depends on getting the fundamentals correct in an ambiguous world.” The Logic of Life.
  2. “Make it as simple as possible, but no simpler.” Albert Einstein
  3. “There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.” Warren Buffett
  4. “Most of what we call management today consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.” Peter Drucker
  5. “Be careful what you measure, you may get it – and it may kill you. Complete focus on a metric is likely to improve the metric, but not necessarily the business.” Michael Hammer
  6. “A system of bureaucratic rules subverts the ethics of freedom and responsibility that marks a culture of discipline.” Jim Collins
  7. “We would rather suffer the visible costs of a few bad decisions than incur the many invisible costs that come from decisions made too slowly – or not at all – because of a stifling bureaucracy.” Warren Buffett
  8. “Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.” Peter F. Drucker
  9. “You will be surprised at how much you can get accomplished when you do not care who gets the credit” Ronald Reagan
  10. “Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” John D Rockefeller.
  11. “The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping old ones.” Ken Blanchard
  12. “To a leader with only a hammer in his pocket, every problem looks like a nail”
  13. “We need to accept that we do not know what we do not know.” CEO, Yum Brands
  14. “No plan survives contact with the enemy.” Prussian Field Marshall Helmuth von Moltke
  15. “If you do not know where you are going any road will get you there.” Alice in Wonderland
  16. “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” Warren Buffett
  17. “Each corporate crisis is unique, though one thing they have in common is hubris (pride) that blinds the senior managers to changes in the marketplace.” Steve Miller (Turnaround Kid at Chrysler and Delphi Industries)
  18. “If you are failing at your job, figure out what your successor will do, and then do it before he is given the chance”. Gary Wendt Former CEO of GE Capital)
  19. “If you want to reverse decline, be rigorous about what not to do.” Jim Collins
  20. “I want generals who are really good and really lucky.” Napoleon
  21. “History never repeats itself. It only rhymes.” Mark Twain
  22. “The difference between try and triumph is a little oomph (umph).  If everyone gives a little extra oomph success is around the corner!” Holly Baker

About David Shedd

David has been a President - CEO - COO of an up to $350M group of manufacturing, distribution, specialty retail and services companies, having led 22 different businesses from turnarounds to start-ups to fast growth companies.
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