Lee Iacocca quotes

Businessman Lee Iacocca is perhaps best known for his career at Ford Motor Company. It was he who developed the Ford Mustang and Pinto models, and his success at Ford would later lead him into a prominent role at competitors Chrysler. He went on to publish several books about his life in business and is seen as a motivational figure who spearheaded great achievements throughout his life.

In his words are nuggets of wisdom about how to find success in business, as well as the importance of philanthropic contributions if we’re to live a life of contribution and compassion. Much of his legacy stems from his humanitarian work, notably his contribution to type one diabetes research and other charitable campaigns.

  • We at Chrysler borrow money the old fashion way. We pay it back.

  • The ability to concentrate and to use time well is everything.

  • You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere.

  • Every business and every product has risks. You can't get around it.

  • I hire smart people and get out of their way.

  • He was eccentric. He was no prince in his social attitudes and his politics. But Henry Ford's mark in history is almost unbelievable.

  • You can go a long way with some integrity.

  • Management is nothing more than motivating other people.

  • When the product is right, you don't have to be a great marketer.

  • We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluable problems.

  • The affections are like lightning: you cannot tell where they will strike till they have fallen.

  • The one word that makes a good manager - decisiveness.

  • In the old days, if a neighbors apples fell into your yard, you worked it out over the back fence or picked them up and made pies. Today, you sue.

  • 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.

  • To succeed today, you have to set priorities, decide what you stand for.