HRM Quotes



The only vital value an enterprise has is the experience, skills, innovativeness and insights of its people

Leif Edvinsson, Swedish Intellectual Capital guru in Corporate Longitude (2002)


The soft stuff is always harder than the hard stuff

Roger Enrico, Vice Chairman of PepsiCo, referring to areas like HRM as opposed to quantitative factors in Fortune, November 27th, 1995


I believe in the adage: Hire people smarter than you and get out of their way

Howard Schultze, CEO of coffee chain Starbucks (1994)


Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?

Steve Jobs of Apple Computer, inviting John Scully, then President of PepsiCo, to join Apple in Fortune, September 14th, 1987


The Baring family lost its bank because the management overempowered one individual, Nick Leeson

John Micklethwait in The Witch Doctors (1996)


Take our 20 best people away, and I will tell you that Microsoft would become an unimportant company

Bill Gates, CEO of Microsoft in Fortune, November 25th, 1996


True motivation comes from achievement, personal development, job satisfaction, and recognition

Frederick Herzberg 1923-2000, US psychologist


If an institution wants to be adaptive, it has to let go of some control and trust that people will work on the right things in the right way

Robert B. Shapiro, CEO of chemical company Monsanto in Harvard Business Review, Jan-Feb 1997


Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end

Immanuel Kant 1724-1804, German philosopher

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