It is not the employer who pays

It is not the employer who pays the wages.  He only handles the money.  It is the product that pays the wages.  ~Henry Ford, 1922, also sometimes quoted as "It is the customer that pays the wages"

Continuous improvement is not about the things

Continuous improvement is not about the things you do well – that’s work.  Continuous improvement is about removing the things that get in the way of your work.  The headaches, the things that slow you down, that?s what continuous improvement is all about.  ~Bruce Hamiltonsee jul2009 email

It is not enough to be industrious

It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants.  What are you industrious about?  ~Henry David Thoreau, letter to H.G.O. Blake, 16 November 1857misquotes: not enough to be busy, question is, what are we busy about, busy at, how busy, you busy; walden.org/Library/Quotations/The_Henry_D._Thoreau_Mis-Quotation_Page

Waste is worse than loss the time

Waste is worse than loss.  The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly.  The scope of thrift is limitless.  ~Thomas A. Edison

A corporation is a living organism it

A corporation is a living organism; it has to continue to shed its skin.  Methods have to change.  Focus has to change.  Values have to change.  The sum total of those changes is transformation.  ~Andrew Grove

The first rule of any technology used

The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency.  The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.  ~Bill Gates

I shall try to correct errors when

I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors, and I shall adopt new views so fast as they appear to be true views.  ~Abraham Lincoln

The man who will use his skill

The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.  ~Henry Ford

Fords success has startled the country almost

Ford’s success has startled the country, almost the world, financially, industrially, mechanically.  It exhibits in higher degree than most persons would have thought possible the seemingly contradictory requirements of true efficiency, which are:  constant increase of quality, great increase of pay to the workers, repeated reduction in cost to the consumer.  And with these appears, as at once cause and effect, an absolutely incredible enlargement of output reaching something like one hundredfold in less than ten years, and an enormous profit to the manufacturer.  ~Charles Buxton Going