Harold Geneen

Entrepreneur, Organization leader

1910 – 1997


Who was Harold Geneen?

Harold "Hal" Sydney Geneen, was an American businessman most famous for serving as president of the ITT Corporation.

Famous Quotes:

  • Do you want my one-word secret of happiness -- It's growth -- mental, financial, you name it.
  • I don't believe in just ordering people to do things. You have to sort of grab an oar and row with them.
  • It is much more difficult to measure non-performance than performance. Performance stands out like a ton of diamonds. Non-performance can almost always be explained away.
  • In business, words are words; explanations are explanations, promises are promises, but only performance is reality.
  • It's better to take over and build upon an existing business than to start a new one.
  • I think it is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises -- but only performance is reality.
  • Management manages by making decisions and by seeing that those decisions are implemented.
  • The worst disease which can afflict executives in their work is not, as popularly supposed, alcoholism; it's egotism.
  • In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
  • You can't run a business or anything else on a theory.

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Jan 22, 1910
  • United States of America
  • New York University
  • Senior Vice President, Raytheon
    (1956 - 1959)
Nov 21, 1997
New York City

on July 23, 2013


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