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    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?
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: law  right  money  company 
     
    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?
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: leader  ideas 
     
    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.
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: people  work  inspire 
     
    The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: live  attitude  human  discovery  mind 
     
    Trouble shared is trouble halved.
    — Lee Iacocca
    We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.
    — Lee Iacocca
    People want economy and they will pay any price to get it.
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: people 
     
    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.
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: sorry 
     
    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.
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: wrong  facts  mind 
     
    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.
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: listening 
     
    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
    tags: people  work  inspire 
     
    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.
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: fate  time  adversity  bad 
     
    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
    There's no great mystery to satisfying your customers. Build them a quality product and treat them with respect. It's that simple.
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: mystery  respect  quality 
     
    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.
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: decision  wrong 
     
    If you set a good example you need not worry about setting rules.
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: worries  rules  example 
     
    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.
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: time  money  father 
     
    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.
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: time  work  world  despair  value  bad  strength 
     
    The right decision is the wrong decision if it's made too late.
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: decision  right  wrong 
     
    The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: work 
     
    The trick is to make sure you don't die waiting for prosperity to come.
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: die 
     
    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.
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: ideas 
     
    Are we going to be a services power? The double-cheeseburger-hold-the-mayo kings of the world?
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: service 
     
    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
    tags: people  rules  employees 
     
    The only mistake I ever made was not listening to my gut.
    — 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.
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: america  political 
     
    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
    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
    tags: government 
     
    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.
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: people 
     
    We at Chrysler borrow money the old-fashioned way. We pay it back.
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: money 
     
    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.
    — Lee Iacocca
    tags: future  god  year 
     
    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
    tags: people  sacrifice  right 
     
    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.
    — Lee Iacocca
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    lee iacocca
    Birth    : October 15, 1924
    Occupation  : Businessman