Lee Iacocca

I’ve always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team.
Lee Iacocca

If a guy is over 25 percent jerk, he’s in trouble. And Henry was 95 percent.
Lee Iacocca

The affections are like lightning: you cannot tell where they will strike till they have fallen.
Lee Iacocca

In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words: people, product, and profits.
Lee Iacocca

In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.
Lee Iacocca

The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.
Lee Iacocca

Management is nothing more than motivating other people.
Lee Iacocca

Any supervisor worth his salt would rather deal with people who attempt too much than with those who try too little.
Lee Iacocca

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
Lee Iacocca

Every business and every product has risks. You can’t get around it.
Lee Iacocca

The trick is to make sure you don’t die waiting for prosperity to come.
Lee Iacocca

Trouble shared is trouble halved.
Lee Iacocca

We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.
Lee Iacocca

I forgot to shake hands and be friendly. It was an important lesson about leadership.
Lee Iacocca

There is no substitute for accurate knowledge. Know yourself, know your business, know your men.
Lee Iacocca

If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got.
Lee Iacocca

In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.
Lee Iacocca

One of the things the government can’t do is run anything. The only things our government runs are the post office and the railroads, and both of them are bankrupt.
Lee Iacocca

The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.
Lee Iacocca

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

Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can’t be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people.
Lee Iacocca

My father always used to say that when you die, if you’ve got five real friends, then you’ve had a great life.
Lee Iacocca

No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?
Lee Iacocca

The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.
Lee Iacocca

I hire people brighter than me and then I get out of their way.
Lee Iacocca

Talk to people in their own language. If you do it well, they’ll say, ‘God, he said exactly what I was thinking.’ And when they begin to respect you, they’ll follow you to the death.
Lee Iacocca

The ability to concentrate and to use time well is everything.
Lee Iacocca

We at Chrysler borrow money the old-fashioned way. We pay it back.
Lee Iacocca

People want economy and they will pay any price to get it.
Lee Iacocca

We’ve got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?
Lee Iacocca

The most successful businessman is the man who holds onto the old just as long as it is good, and grabs the new just as soon as it is better.
Lee Iacocca

So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.
Lee Iacocca

Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don’t just stand there, make it happen.
Lee Iacocca

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

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

The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.
Lee Iacocca

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

I have always found that if I move with seventy-five percent or more of the facts that I usually never regret it. It’s the guys who wait to have everything perfect that drive you crazy.
Lee Iacocca

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.
Lee Iacocca

The one word that makes a good manager – decisiveness.
Lee Iacocca

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