"Thanks to him, we have increased the productivity of manual work 3% to 4% compounded—which is 50-fold—and on that achievement rests all the prosperity of the modern world."
Peter F. Drucker (1909–2005), US management consultant and academic
Referring to Frederick W. Taylor, who inspired Henry Ford's mass-production revolution.
Source: Quoted in “The Businessman of the Century,” Fortune (November 22, 1999)
"The best balance of morale for employee productivity can be described this way: happy, but with low self-esteem."
Scott Adams (1957–), US cartoonist and humorist
Source: The Dilbert Principle (1996)
"I've never seen a job being done by a five-hundred person engineering team that couldn't be done better by fifty people."
C. Gordon Bell (1934–), US inventor and computer pioneer
Source: Spectrum (February 1989)
"In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create."
Raoul Vaneigem (1934–), Belgian philosopher
Source: The Revolution of Everyday Life (1967)
"Management productivity is a more appropriate term than labor productivity. Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more."
Henry Ford II (1919–1987), US automobile manufacturer and CEO of Ford Motor Company
Source: Speech, US News & World Report (March 1959)
"Production not being the sole end of human existence, the term unproductive does not necessarily imply any stigma."
John Stuart Mill (1806–1873), British economist and philosopher
Source: Principles of Political Economy (1848)
"When properly administered, vacations do not diminish productivity: for every week you're away and get nothing done, there's another when your boss is away and you get twice as much done."
Daniel B. Luten, US civil engineer
"No matter how great the talent or effort, some things just take time: you can't produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant."
Warren Buffett (1930–), US entrepreneur and financier
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