lee iacocca Quotes

Why don't we pass a law that says when you borrow money to buy somebody else and cannibalize him, the interest payments on those loans are not deductible? That would get the excesses out of the system pretty fast. Right now, if you want to buy up a competitor, generally you can't. That would violate the antitrust laws. But if you want to buy a company that does something else entirely, that's okay. Where's the sense in that?
tags: law right money company
— Lee Iacocca
Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo?
tags: leader ideas
— Lee Iacocca
I've always felt that a manager has achieved a great deal when he's able to motivate one other person. When it comes to making the place run, motivation is everything. You might be able to 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.
tags: people work inspire
— Lee Iacocca
The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
tags: live attitude human discovery mind
— Lee Iacocca
Trouble shared is trouble halved.
— Lee Iacocca
We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.
tags: problem opportunities
— Lee Iacocca
People want economy and they will pay any price to get it.
tags: people
— Lee Iacocca
Decisiveness is the one word that makes a good manager.
— Lee Iacocca
Chrysler invented rebates, I'm sorry to say. I didn't have anything to do with that. A lot of flaky deals were made in order to give the customer enough cash for a down payment.
tags: sorry
— Lee Iacocca
What is wrong with changing your mind because the facts changed? But you have to be able to say why you changed your mind and how the facts changed.
tags: wrong facts mind
— Lee Iacocca
I've always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team.
— Lee Iacocca
Listening can make the difference between a mediocre organization and a great one.
tags: listening
— 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.
tags: people work inspire
— Lee Iacocca
There are times in everyone's life when something constructive is born out of adversity... when things seem so bad that you've got to grab your fate by the shoulders and shake it.
tags: fate time adversity bad
— 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.
tags: time anger adversity energy stress positive
— Lee Iacocca
There's no great mystery to satisfying your customers. Build them a quality product and treat them with respect. It's that simple.
tags: mystery respect quality
— 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
Even a correct decision is wrong when it was taken too late.
tags: decision wrong
— Lee Iacocca
If you set a good example you need not worry about setting rules.
tags: worries rules example
— Lee Iacocca
My father used to say, 'You can spend a lot of time making money. The tough time comes when you have to give it away properly.' How to give something back, that's the tough part in life.
tags: time money father
— Lee Iacocca
Don't just stand there; make something happen.
— Lee Iacocca
We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?
— Lee Iacocca
I learned about the strength you can get from a close family life. I learned to keep going, even in bad times. I learned not to despair, even when my world was falling apart. I learned that there are no free lunches. And I learned the value of hard work.
tags: time work world despair value bad strength
— Lee Iacocca
The right decision is the wrong decision if it's made too late.
tags: decision right wrong
— Lee Iacocca
The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.
tags: work
— Lee Iacocca
The trick is to make sure you don't die waiting for prosperity to come.
tags: die
— Lee Iacocca
If we screw it up, start over. Try something else.
— Lee Iacocca
You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere.
tags: ideas
— Lee Iacocca
Are we going to be a services power? The double-cheeseburger-hold-the-mayo kings of the world?
tags: service
— 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.
tags: people rules employees
— Lee Iacocca
The only mistake I ever made was not listening to my gut.
tags: mistakes listening
— Lee Iacocca
The great issues facing us today are not Republican issues or Democratic issues. The political parties can debate the means, but both parties must embrace the end objective, which is to make America great again.
tags: america political
— 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?
tags: humanity attention
— 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.
tags: government
— Lee Iacocca
The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.
— Lee Iacocca
I hire people brighter than me and then I get out of their way.
tags: people
— Lee Iacocca
We at Chrysler borrow money the old-fashioned way. We pay it back.
tags: money
— Lee Iacocca
It's a good thing god doesn't let you look a year or two into the future, or you might be sorely tempted to shoot yourself.
tags: future god year
— 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.
tags: people sacrifice right
— Lee Iacocca
I only wish I could find an institute that teaches people how to listen. Business people need to listen at least as much as they need to talk. Too many people fail to realize that real communication goes in both directions.
tags: people communication wishes real business fail
— Lee Iacocca
lee iacocca
Birth    : October 15, 1924
Occupation  : Businessman