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Human Resource Management Quotes


Top 30 Human Resource Management Quotes


No 1 (Best quote!)Human Resource Management Quotes

Care for both the man and dollar but in case of conflict the man before the dollar ,

- Abraham Lincoln (1809-65), American president, pictured right.



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No 2

Treat people as adults. Treat them as partners; treat them with dignity; treat them with respectHuman Resource Management Quotes

- Thomas (Tom ) Peters, pictured right above, and Robert Waterman, pictured right, In Search of Excellence (1982)


Two business leaders agree:

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We have a responsibility to our employees to recognize their dignity as human beings,

- David Packard (1912-96), co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, pictured right .

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Treat people with dignity and give them a voice. 

- Jack Welch, pictured right , General Electric's ex-boss, in Straight from the Gut (2001)


No 3Human Resource Management Quotes

In the past the man was first. In the future the system will be first.

- Frederick Winslow (F. W.) Taylor, pictured right, The Principles of Scientific Management (1911)



No 4Human Resource Management Quotes

Treat your people well and they’ll treat you well. 

- Herb Kelleher (1931- ), founder of Southwest Airlines, pictured right.



No 5Human Resource Management Quotes

I believe the real difference between success and failure in a corporation can very often be traced to the question of how well the organization brings out the great energies and talents of its people. 

- Thomas Watson Jnr, pictured right, in  A Business and Its Beliefs (1963)



No 6Human Resource Management Quotes

We put our love where we have put our labour,

- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82), American philosopher, pictured right.

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Anita Roddick (1942-2007), pictured right, founder of the British store chain, The Body Shop,  paraphrases this:

Put love where labour is.



No 7Human Resource Management Quotes

To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war. 

- Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British prime minister, pictured right.



No 8Human Resource Management Quotes

We build too many walls and not enough bridges. 

- Isaac Newton (1642-1726), English scientist, pictured right.



No 9Human Resource Management Quotes

Respect...implies the absence of exploitation. 

- Erich Fromm (1900 -1980) German-born American psychologist and philosopher, pictured right.



No 10Human Resource Management Quotes

Business is people. 

- Konosuke Matsushita (1894-1989), founder of Panasonic, pictured right.

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Herb Kelleher (1931-), American boss of Southwest Airlines 1982-2001, pictured right , agrees

The business of business is people



No 11Human Resource Management Quotes

Create a family-like feeling within the corporation, a feeling that employees and managers share the same fate.

- Akio Morita (1921-1999), co-founder of Sony, pictured right.



No 12Human Resource Management Quotes

Getting the right people in the right jobs is a lot more important than developing a strategy 

- Jack Welch, boss of General Electric 1981-2001, pictured right.



No 13Human Resource Management Quotes

People were human beings to him, but to you, a warped frustrated old man, they’re cattle.

- George Bailey (James Stewart) talking about his father to Potter in the film, It’s A Wonderful Life, pictured right.


No 14Human Resource Management Quotes

Tolerance is the first principle of community. 

- Helen Keller (1880-1968), American campaigner for the blind and deaf, pictured right.



No 15Human Resource Management Quotes

Happiness is achieved by the union and co-operation of all for the benefit of each.

- Robert Owen (1771-1858), English businessman, pictured right.


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No 16

What employees hear is that they’re the firm’s most valuable assets, what they know is that they’re the most expendable assets. Human Resource Management Quotes

- Gary Hamel, pictured right above, and C.K. Prahalad, pictured right, Competing for the Future (1996).


A multinational executive also asks:

If people are valued, why are we working 12 hour days?



No 17Human Resource Management Quotes

Good organizations, like the best of cities, will be made up of villages, where people can be individuals and yet part of a greater whole,

- Charles Handy, pictured right, The Gods of Management (1985)



No 18Human Resource Management Quotes

Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end.

- Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) German philosopher, pictured right.



No 19

Even as the fingers of the two hands are equal, so are human beings equal to one another. No one has any right, nor any preference to claim another. You are brothers. 

- Muhammad (570-632) founder of the Islamic religion, pictured right.

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But the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), pictured right , says complete equality is impossible, because of people's different ability and effort:

Never make the unequal equal



No 20Human Resource Management Quotes

People are not your most important asset. The right people are.

- James (Jim) Collins, pictured right, in Good to Great (2001)



No 21Human Resource Management Quotes

Liberté, equalité, fraternité” (Liberty, equality, fraternity). 

- Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) Swiss philosopher, pictured right.



No 22Human Resource Management Quotes

Involve everyone in everything.

- Tom Peters (1942- ), pictured right , American management writer (from Thriving On Chaos, 1987)



No 23Human Resource Management Quotes

I disapprove of what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it. 

- Voltaire (1698-1778), pictured right ,French philosopher and writer



No 24Human Resource Management Quotes

Every soldier must know, before he goes into battle, how the little battle he is to fight fits into the larger picture, and how the success of his fighting will influence the battle as a whole.

- Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976), pictured right, British general.



No 25Human Resource Management Quotes

No business which depends for its existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.

- Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), pictured right, American president.



No 26Human Resource Management Quotes

Men do not want to be patronized. They want justice.

- George Cadbury (1839-1922), pictured right, English chocolate manufacturer.



No 27Human Resource Management Quotes

Great organizations demand a high level of commitment by the people involved.

Bill Gates (1955-), American co-founder of Microsoft, pictured right.


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 No 28

The real work of the organization is done by the people in it, just as the music is produced only by the members of the orchestra. Human Resource Management Quotes

- Warren Bennis, pictured right above, and Burt Nanus, pictured right , in Leaders (1985)



No 29Human Resource Management Quotes

Perceptions of fairness are profoundly influenced by the way we are treated, the manner in which information is given and the means by which views are heard. 

- Lynda Gratton, pictured right , in Living Strategy (2000)



No 30Human Resource Management Quotes

Organizations are like automobiles. They don’t run themselves, except downhill. They need people to make them work. And not just any people but the right people.

- Manfred Kets de Vries, pictured right, in The Leadership Mystique 2nd edition, 2006.

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