1910-, American Accountant, Industrialist, CEO, ITT
Do you want my one-word secret of happiness — It's growth — mental, financial, you name it.
Harold S. Geneen – [Happiness]
I don't believe in just ordering people to do things. You have to sort of grab an oar and row with them.
Harold S. Geneen – [Leaders and Leadership]
I think it is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises — but only performance is reality.
In business, words are words; explanations are explanations, promises are promises, but only performance is reality.
In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
Harold S. Geneen – [Experience]
It is much more difficult to measure non-performance than performance. Performance stands out like a ton of diamonds. Non-performance can almost always be explained away.
It's better to take over and build upon an existing business than to start a new one.
Management manages by making decisions and by seeing that those decisions are implemented.
Harold S. Geneen – [Time and Time Management]
The worst disease which can afflict executives in their work is not, as popularly supposed, alcoholism; it's egotism.
When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books You will be reading meanings.
Harold S. Geneen – [Books and Reading]
You can't run a business or anything else on a theory.