The 101 Greatest Business Principles of All Time

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Grand Central Publishing, 2007 M10 15 - 128 pages
An MBA in a book! A distillation of the wisdom of the greatest entrepreneurs, business leaders, economists, and inspirational figures of all time—in one handy and elegant volume.

No one’s business education would be complete without the wisdom included in THE 101 GREATEST BUSINESS PRINCIPLES OF ALL TIME. From Adam Smith to Donald Trump, from Thomas Edison to Peter Drucker and Jack Welch, here are inspiring words and advice from the most creative thinkers of our time. Readers will encounter such fundamental concepts as “Buy cheap, sell dear,” perceptive observations like “Failing organizations are usually over managed and under-led” (Warren Bennis), and such expressions of basic ideals as Robert F. Kennedy’s impassioned declaration (paraphrasing George Bernard Shaw), “Some see the world as it is, and ask ‘why?’ I see the world as it might be, and ask ‘why not?’” This book will motivate and inspire its readers to work with more creativity, lead with passion and compassion, and maximize the profitability of both their careers and their inner lives.

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Contents

Investment
27
Leadership
39
Management
57
Marketing
79
Success
89
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Page 10 - By preferring the support of domestic to that of foreign industry, he intends only his own security; and by directing that industry in such a manner as its produce may be of the greatest value, he intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention, v Nor is it always the worse for the society that it was no part of it.
Page 23 - You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.
Page 12 - A wise old owl lived in an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard. Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?
Page 52 - So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken ? for ye shall speak into the air.
Page 86 - Buy this product and you will get this specific benefit." 2. The proposition must be one that the competition either cannot, or does not, offer.
Page 14 - WORK EXPANDS so as to fill the time available for its completion.
Page 95 - The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
Page 59 - A good manager is a man who isn't worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him. . . . Don't worry about yourself. Take care of those who work for you and you'll float to greatness on their achievements.
Page 9 - For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
Page 74 - Business more than any other occupation is a continual dealing with the future: it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight.

About the author (2007)

Leslie Pockell is the editor of The 100 Best Poems of All Time.

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