I have put together these Strategy Quotes for your use.
Not only are they useful in presentation, but there is nothing like a good quote to back up an argument.
So, pick and choose your favorites and use them. We would love to hear how you get on.
See our Gallery of Quotes when you click on the picture below!
note; many of the best Strategy quotes came from the ancient Chinese Philosophers.
Effective Strategists initially work out only a few integrating concepts, principles or philosophies that can help rationalize and guide the company’s overall actions. They proceed step by step from early generalities towards later specifics, clarifying the strategy as events both permit and dictate. In early stages, they consciously avoid over-precise statements that might impair the flexibility or imagination needed to exploit new information and opportunities.”
James Brian Quinn
Some of the most profound and well-loved quotes came from Henry Ford:
This is not quite one of the most suitable Quotes, but an amusing anecdote about Strategy all the same.
In the beginning was the plan
And then came the assumptions
And the assumptions were without form
And the plan was completely without substance
And the darkness was upon the faces of the workers.
And they spake unto their group heads, saying:
“It is a crock of shit and it stinketh.”
And the group heads went unto their section heads and sayeth:
“it is a pail of dung, and none may abide the odour thereof.”
And the section heads went into their Managers and sayeth unto him:
“It is a container of excrement, and it is very strong, such that none can abide by it.”
And the Managers went unto their Directors and sayeth unto him:
“It is a vessel of fertilizer, and none may abide its strength.”
And the Directors went unto their Vice President and sayeth:
“It contains that which aids plant growth and is very strong”
And the Vice President, went unto the President, and sayeth into him:
“It promoteth growth and it is very powerful.”
And the President went unto the Chairman and sayeth unto him:
“This powerful new plan will actively promote the growth and efficiency of this company and this area in particular.”
And the Chairman looked upon the plan, and saw that it was good
And the plan became policy.
Anonymous. Source: “Strategy Bites Back” by Henry Mintzberg, Bruce Ahlstrand, Joseph Lampel, 2005. Published by Pearson Education Limited. ISBN 0 273 693 468
So what is your favorite quote? Please let us know in the comment box below.