"Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion."
Jack Welch (1935–), US former CEO and chairman of General Electric
Source: Quoted in 10 Simple Secrets of the World's Greatest Business Communicators (Carmine Gallo, 2006)
"The last thing IBM needs right now is a vision."
Lou Gerstner (1942–), US former CEO and chairman of IBM
Source: Fortune (1997)
"Vision: Top management's heroic guess about the future, easily printed on mugs, T-shirts, posters, and calendar cards."
Source: Fortune (February 15, 1995)
"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world."
Joel A. Barker, US futurologist
Source: Future Edge (1992)
"Dreams have their place in management activity, but they need to be kept severely under control."
Arnold, Lord Weinstock (1924–2002), British managing director of General Electric Company
Source: Financial Times (London) (December 30, 1989)
"Effective visions are lived in details, not broad strokes."
Tom Peters (1942–), US management consultant and author
Source: Thriving on Chaos (1987)
"Whenever anything is being accomplished, it is being done, I have learned, by a monomaniac with a mission."
Peter F. Drucker (1909–2005), US management consultant and academic
Source: Adventures of a Bystander (1979)
"A zealous sense of mission is only possible where there is opposition to it."
D. W. Ewing (1923–), US writer and editor of Harvard Business Review
Source: “Tension Can Be an Asset,” Harvard Business Review (September–October 1964)
"A formal and orderly conception of the whole is rarely present, perhaps even rarely possible, except to a few men of exceptional genius."
Chester Barnard (1886–1961), US business executive and management theorist
Source: The Functions of the Executive (1938)
"Vision is the art of seeing things invisible."
Jonathan Swift (1667–1745), Irish writer and satirist
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