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Lou Gerstner Quotes

Dogs teach us a lot of things but none more important than to love unconditionally
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If cats could talk, they wouldn't
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken
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Together is my favorite place to be
When I first saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew
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The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary
And then you meet one person and your life changes forever
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When we first met, i had no idea you would be so important to me
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Never confuse activity with results  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) Lou Gerstner knows how to do a deal, and George Bush Sr., less so  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) I’ve been accepted at Cambridge University. I want to study Chinese history and archaeology. I want to become a student. I want to read Chinese history and go on a dig  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) This really is a merger of equals. I wouldn’t have come back to work for anything less than this fantastic opportunity. This lets me combine my two great loves - technology and biscuits  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) The next thing is: we can make IBM even better. We brought IBM back but we’re gunning for leadership  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) I want to become a student. I want to read Chinese history and go on a dig  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) If CEO compensation was performance-driven, which I believe it was in IBM’s case, nobody would ever argue. If the shareholders didn’t make billions and billions of dollars, I wouldn’t make millions of dollars. My salary was the same for 10 years. It was all performance-based  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) For the first month, I listened, and I tried very hard not to draw conclusions  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) A lot of people saved IBM. Yes, I was the leader of that team, but I could never have done it without a group of IBMers helping me  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) What I’m trying to do is deliver results, not promises; results, not vision; results, not concepts. The world is cynical about IBM’s promises  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) When I arrived at IBM, there were ‘Team’ signs all around. I asked, ‘How do people get paid?’ They told me, ‘We pay people based on individual performance  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) The next thing is: we can make IBM even better. We brought IBM back but we’re gunning for leadership.  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) This really is a merger of equals. I wouldn’t have come back to work for anything less than this fantastic opportunity. This lets me combine my two great loves - technology and biscuits.  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) I came to see, in my time at IBM, that culture isn’t just one aspect of the game; it is the game  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) The fundamental issue is: In the world of the Internet, is there a place for a packager of services? Does the customer want to go surf the Net and go to every one of 50,000 Web sites? Or will people pay a reasonable amount for somebody to go out and preselect and package what they want? My guess is they will both coexist  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) What we believe is going to be very important is the delivery of traditional software and services and hardware over the Net. That’s a form of electronic marketplace  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) The rewards system is a powerful driver of behavior and therefore culture  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) Customer complaints are the schoolbooks from which we learn  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) I’m leery of legislative solutions to what is morality  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) You don’t get points for predicting rain. You get points for building arks  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) People don’t do what you expect but what you inspect  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) The real mechanism for corporate governance is the active involvement of the owners  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) I have always believed you cannot run a successful enterprise from behind a desk  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) It is not about bits, bytes and protocols, but profits, losses and margins  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) Watch the turtle. He only moves forward by sticking his neck out  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) Everything starts with the customer  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) We built this company from the customer back, not from the company out  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) Our military should be trained and structured around missions, not the elements of air, water, and land  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) Quite frankly, I am not very comfortable in chitchat. When I go to board meetings, I arrive two minutes before and leave when it’s over. I don’t stay for lunch or go early and have coffee  (Lou Gerstner Quotes) I initially wanted to be a teacher, and then I was going to become an engineer and build bridges and highways, but pretty soon I went into the business world. I never did get to be a teacher except in a different way  (Lou Gerstner Quotes)
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