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The Economist Book of Business Quotations

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“I don’t want yes-men around me. I want everyone to tell the truth, even if it costs them their jobs.” Samuel Goldwyn. The Economist Book of Business Quotations brings together history’s smartest insights from people ranging from CEOs and politicians to novelists and business gurus. Insightful and entertaining, on subjects from e-commerce, strategy and investment, to management speak, business travel and business schools, it is the perfect pocket-sized reference tool. ‘The secret of success is to get up early, work late and strike oil.’ John D. Rockefeller

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. About this book
  6. Introduction
  7. A
    1. Accountants and accountancy
    2. Advertising
    3. Advice
    4. Agriculture business
    5. The airline industry
    6. Ambition
    7. America
    8. Appraisals
    9. The arts
  8. B
    1. Banks and bankers
    2. Bills
    3. The board
    4. The boss
    5. Branding
    6. Bureaucracy
    7. Business education
    8. Business entertaining
    9. Business travel
  9. C
    1. Capitalism
    2. The car industry
    3. Change
    4. Civility
    5. Joking aside: five quotes from comedians
    6. Committees
    7. Communication
    8. Communism and socialism
    9. Competition
    10. Complacency
    11. Conferences
    12. Conflict and the arms industry
    13. Consultants and consulting
    14. Consumerism
    15. Corporations
    16. Costs
    17. Creativity
    18. Credit
    19. Crime
    20. Culture
    21. Customers and customer service
    22. Cynicism
  10. D
    1. Data, information and statistics
    2. Debt
    3. Decision-making
    4. Delegation
    5. Design
    6. Development
    7. Discipline
    8. Dishonesty
    9. Diversity
    10. Downturns and economic turmoil
    11. The drugs industry
  11. E
    1. Economics
    2. In brief: five epigrams
    3. Education
    4. Egotism
    5. Emerging markets
    6. Entrepreneurs and entrepreneurialism
    7. The environment
    8. Envy and jealousy
    9. Ethics
    10. Europe
    11. Experience
    12. Expertise
  12. F
    1. Failure
    2. Showing character: five quotes from film and TV
    3. Family business
    4. The film industry
    5. Financial crises
    6. Following the herd
    7. Foot-in-mouth and blunt honesty
    8. Friendship
    9. Fulfilment
    10. Fun
  13. G
    1. Gambling
    2. Globalisation
    3. Greed
    4. Growth
  14. H
    1. Happiness
    2. Hard work
    3. Hiring
    4. Honesty
    5. Hubris
  15. I
    1. Innovation
    2. Insurance
    3. The internet
    4. Intuition
    5. Investing
  16. K
    1. Knowledge
    2. Knowledge workers
  17. L
    1. Labour
    2. Novel thoughts: five quotes from literature
    3. Lawyers and the law
    4. Laziness
    5. Leadership
    6. Luck
  18. M
    1. Management speak and jargon
    2. Management thinking
    3. Managers and management
    4. Words from the wise: five quotes from management gurus
    5. Manufacturing
    6. Market research
    7. Marketing
    8. Markets
    9. The media
    10. Meetings
    11. Mergers, demergers and acquisitions
    12. Money
    13. Motivation
    14. The music industry
  19. N
    1. Negotiation and dealmaking
  20. O
    1. Obsession
    2. Obstacles
    3. Office life
    4. The oil and gas industry
    5. The oldest profession
    6. Operations
    7. Optimism
  21. P
    1. Performance
    2. Philanthropy
    3. Philosophy
    4. Planning
    5. Poverty
    6. Power
    7. Predictions
    8. Price
    9. Procrastination
    10. Products
    11. The despatch box: five quotes from politicians
    12. Progress
    13. Promotion
    14. Purpose
  22. R
    1. Regulation
    2. Remuneration
    3. Reputation
    4. Responsibility
    5. Retirement
    6. Risk
  23. S
    1. The sack
    2. Science
    3. Secretaries
    4. Self-employment
    5. Self-interest
    6. Selling
    7. Show business
    8. Small and medium-sized businesses
    9. Sport
    10. Start-ups
    11. Strategy
    12. Success
    13. Supply chains
  24. T
    1. Talent
    2. Taxes
    3. Teamwork
    4. Technology
    5. The tobacco industry
    6. Training
  25. T
    1. Unemployment
    2. Unions and industrial relations
  26. V
    1. Value
  27. W
    1. Wealth
    2. Women in business
    3. Work-life balance
  28. Acknowledgements
  29. Index