Management Quotes

Talascend’s staff have never been shy of learning a lesson or two from the great minds of current and previous generations. From Roosevelt to Buffet via Napoleon, if someone’s been successful in dominating their field, you can bet they’ve been successful as managers.

Here’s ten pearls of wisdom that we encourage you all to think about...

“As much as you need a strong personality to build a business from scratch, you also must understand the art of delegation. I have to be good at helping people run the individual businesses, and I have to be willing to step back. The company must be set up so it can continue without me.”


Sir Richard Branson

“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.”


Ronald Reagan

“Management by objectives works if you first think through your objectives. Ninety percent of the time you haven’t.”
“No executive has ever suffered because his subordinates were strong and effective.”

  Peter F. Drucker

“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”
“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.”

  Henry Ford

“In the end, you’re measured not by how much you undertake buy by what you finally accomplish.”
“What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.”

  Donald Trump

“Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.”

  Paul Hawken

“Don’t equate activity with efficiency. You are paying your key people to see the big picture. Don’t let them get bogged down in a lot of meaningless meeting a paper shuffling. Announce a Friday afternoon off once in a while. Cancel a Monday morning meeting or two. Tell the cast of characters you’d like them to spend the amount of time normally spent preparing for attending the meeting at their desks, simply thinking about an original idea.”

  Harvey Mackay

“An army of lions commanded by a deer will never be an army of lions.”

  Napoleon Bonaparte

"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”

  Theodore Roosevelt

“Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”

  Stephen R. Covey