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Quotes related to Patrick Ropella's books and resources.


Here you will find quotes related to the topics covered by Patrick Ropella's The Right Hire, from a wide cross-section of professionals, including authors, publishers, business leaders, military leaders, as well as those in the HR and Executive Search communities.

I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people.  At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.

Larry Bossidy,
Former Chairman and CEO of Honeywell, and co-Author of Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

The most important decisions that business people make are not what decisions, but who decisions.

Jim Collins,
Author of Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t

Nothing matters more in winning than getting the right people on the field.  All the clever strategies and advanced technologies in the world are nowhere near as effective without great people to put them to work.

Jack Welch,
former Chairman of GE and Author of Winning

If the roster is the heart of team success—then the acquisition thereof could logically be called the most important thing an organization does.  LOOK… THIS IS A BIG, BIG, BIG DEAL. You and I have probably read a dozen, or three dozen, books on “business strategy.” (Right?) And perhaps have been to a course or exec course or two or three on the topic. Have you ever read a full-fledged book on assessing folks for employment? Have you read a dozen articles on the topic?  My answer to both questions is an embarrassing “no.” Worse yet, as best I can remember, I have never written—in 15 books—even a chapter on the topic! (from Tom Peters, October 2008 Blog, “Put Prospective Employee Evaluation Practices Where They Belong— At Or Near The Top Of Your Strategic Priority List.”)

Tom Peters,
A well known guru of modern management practices

If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs.  But if each of us hires people who are bigger then we are, we shall become a company of giants.

David Ogilvy,
Founder of the world’s largest advertising firm, summing up the importance of careful hiring

If there is a way to do it better, find it.

Thomas Edison,
Inventor of the light bulb (after 1,000 separate attempts).

Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at. Make it fun to read…Advertising says to people, ‘Here’s what we’ve got. Here’s what it will do for you. Here’s how to get it.

Leo Burnett,
Founder of Leo Burnett Worldwide, one of the largest advertising firms in the world; Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.

Lee Iacocca,
Chairman of Chrysler Corporation (during the revival of Chrysler in the 1980s)
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