Operational Excellence Quotes

"Senior management is simply a flag bearer when a business decision is made. It is of no use unless others follow the flag."

- Eiji Toyoda, former Chairman of Toyota

"Rough waters are truer tests of leadership. In calm water, every ship has a good captain."

- Swedish proverb

"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision and action can change the world."

- Joel A. Barker, futurist

"In the new world, it is not the big fish which eats the small fish, it's the fast fish which eats the slow fish."

- Klaus Schwab

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

- Aristotle

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with the first step."

- Lao Tzu

"Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results."

- Albert Einstein

"Give a man a fish you feed him for a day.  Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

- Chinese proverb

"Anything that can go wrong will go wrong."

- Murphy's Law

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, not simpler."

- Albert Einstein

"The problems that exist in the world cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them."

- Albert Einstein

"The starting point for improvement is to recognize the need."

- Masaaki Imai

"As much as 95% of quality related problems in the factory can be solved with seven fundamental quantitative tools."

- Dr. Kaoru Ishikawa

"When we fail to grasp the systemic source of problems, we are left to 'push on' symptoms rather than eliminate underlying causes."

- Peter Senge

"Without a standard, there is no logical basis for decision making or taking action."

- Joseph M. Juran

"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential."

- Sir Winston Churchill

"The only way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas."

- Sir Winston Churchill

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."

- Sir Winston Churchill

"Don't look with your eyes, look with your feet. Don't think with your head, think with your hands."

- Taiichi Ohno​

"The only thing you can't recycle is wasted time."

- Taiichi Ohno

"Progress is impossible without the ability to admit mistakes."

- Massaki Imai

"Plans are nothing, planning is everything."

- Dwight D. Eisenhower​

"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

- Will Rogers

"Speed is everything.  It is the indispensable ingredient in competitiveness."

- Jack Welch

"The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we don't recognize."

- Shigeo Shingo

"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."

- Henry Ford

"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all."

- Peter Drucker

"If you want small changes in life, work on your attitude. If you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm."

- Stephen Covey

"What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing."

- Aristotle

"The purpose of an organization is to enable ordinary people to do extraordinary things."​

- Peter Drucker

"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves."

- Lao Tzu

"A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence."

- Jim Watkins

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."

- Marcel Proust, French novelist

"Everyone is creative, but we are only as creative as we allow ourselves to be."

- Martellus Bennett

"If I had an hour to solve a problem, I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes about solutions."

- Albert Einstein

"Design is not what it looks like or feels like. Design is how it works."

- Steve Jobs

"If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses."

- Henry Ford

"To complicate is easy, to simplify is hard. To complicate, just add, everyone is able to complicate Few people are able to simplify."

- Bruno Munari

"Design must reflect the practical and aesthetics in business but above all... good design must primarily serve people."

- Thomas Watson

"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion."

- Cyril Northcote Parkinson

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

- Leonardo Da Vinci

"Quality is free."

- Philip Crosby

"Creativity is one of the last remaining legal ways of gaining an unfair advantage over the competition."

- Ed McCabe

"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."

- Albert Einstein

"Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected."

- William Plomer

"To suggest is to create. To define is to destroy."

- Garcia Lorca

"Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to make something simple."

- Richard Branson

"Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to make something simple."

- Richard Branson

"You've got to think about big things while doing the small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction"

- Alvin Toffler

"Most companies die from over-eating than from starvation."

- Dave Packard