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Mary Kay Ash

  • The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.

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  • ... you can eat an elephant one bite at a time.

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  • Ideas are a dime a dozen, but the men and women who implement them are priceless.

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  • One intense hour is worth a dreamy day.

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  • Sadly, most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.

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  • If you're good to your staff when things are going well, they'll rally when times go bad.

  • Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway.

  • No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important!

  • I've never yet met a person who didn't want to be appreciated ...

  • Sandwich every bit of criticism between two heavy layers of praise.

  • ... a mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.

  • You can have anything in this world you want, if you want it badly enough and you're willing to pay the price.

  • Help other people get what they want — and you'll get what you want.

  • People fail forward to success.

  • Whenever I meet someone, I try to imagine him or her wearing an invisible sign that says: Make me feel important! I respond to this sign immediately, and it works wonders. ... I think it's essential that every manager remember that invisible sign: Make me feel important!

  • I believe every person has the ability to achieve something important, and with that in mind I regard everyone as special. A manager should feel this way about people, but it's an attitude that can't be faked. You've got to be honestly convinced that every human being is important.

  • Some of the most successful people managers are also the best listeners.

  • ... those who are blessed with the most talent don't necessarily outperform everyone else. It's the people with follow-through who excel.

  • People will support that which they help to create.

  • There are two things that people want more than sex and money — recognition and praise.

  • There's a big difference between a decisive manager and a tyrant.

  • Left unattended, problems only intensify.

  • Especially in business, if you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.

    • Mary Kay Ash,
    • in The New York Times Book Review ()
  • I believe that there is no such thing as a subordinate. If the air-conditioning ceases to work in our building, then the repair technician becomes more important than the chairman of the board. We're all people working together toward a common objective.

    • Mary Kay Ash,
    • in Marilyn Loden, Feminine Leadership ()
  • You never really fail until you stop wanting.

    • Mary Kay Ash,
    • From My Heart
    • ()
  • You can have it all.

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  • Nothing wilts faster than a laurel rested upon.

  • Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don't keep it a secret.

  • Real strength entails being considerate and supportive of people's feelings.

  • My priorities have always been God first, family second, career third. I have found that when I put my life in this order, everything seems to work out. ... Making God and family top priorities does not demean the role work plays in our lives. After all, where do we spend more of our waking hours than at work?

  • God didn't have time to create a nobody ...

  • I believe that you should praise people whenever you can; it causes them to respond as a thirsty plant responds to water.

    • Mary Kay Ash,
    • in Dayle M. Smith, The Practical Executive and Leadership ()
  • ... good people managers are likely to listen more than they speak. Perhaps that's why we were given two ears and only one mouth.

  • I believe that in order to be a good leader you must understand the value of praising people to success.

  • If I listen long enough, the person will generally come up with an adequate solution.

  • Nothing great is ever achieved without enthusiasm.

  • A risk-taking environment starts at the top of a corporation. If the CEO doesn't have this spirit, chances are you won't find it anywhere else in the organization.

  • There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened. We all have a choice. You can decide which type of person you want to be. I have always chosen to be in the first group.

    • Mary Kay Ash
  • What's interesting about subscribing to a life of giving is that you become addicted.

    • Mary Kay Ash
  • A good goal is like a strenuous exercise — it makes you stretch. Goals should be slightly out of reach to be of maximum value.

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Mary Kay Ash, U.S. entrepreneur, businesswoman

(1918 - 2001)

Real name: Mary Kathlyn Wagner.