Boardroom Brilliance

Pearls of corporate wisdom from business sages.



“There is only one boss—the customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.”
Sam Walton, Founder of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club

“You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.”
Steve Jobs, Co-Founder and CEO of Apple

“The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.”
Henry Ford, Founder of the Ford Motor Company

“My son is now an ‘entrepreneur.’ That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job.”
Ted Turner, Founder of TBS and CNN

“Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.”
Thomas J. Watson, Former President of IBM

“If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business.”
B. C. Forbes, Founder of Forbes Magazine

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.”
Henry Ford,Founder of the Ford Motor Company

“Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work.”
John G. Pollard, governor of Virginia
(1930-1934), author, anthropologist, and member of the Federal Trade Commission