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Productivity Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Productivity

Please enjoy these Productivity Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

In the last 5 years, American employers have lost over
$150 billion of productivity to depression alone.
That is more than the GDP of 28 different States during the same period.
- Patrick J. Kennedy

Louis Braille created the code of raised dots for reading
and writing that bears his name and brings literacy,
independence, and productivity to the blind.
- Bob Ney

The standard growth theory tells us that economic growth
in per capita basis comes from mainly two sources:
capital deepening and total factor productivity growth,
or TFP growth.
- Toshihiko Fukui

The productivity of work is not the responsibility
of the worker but of the manager.
- Peter Drucker

 

I was trying to figure out what to do next,
I'd been accumulating ideas for productivity tools -
software people could use every day,
particularly to help organize their lives.
- Mitch Kapor

We are now heading down a centuries-long path toward
increasing the productivity of our natural capital -
the resource systems upon which we depend to live -
instead of our human capital.
- Paul Hawken

I think we spend too much on K-12 education a.k.a.
teachers' salaries.
It's the only industry where you never see any productivity increases.
- Peter Brimelow

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The productivity of a work group seems to depend on
how the group members see their own goals in relation
to the goals of the organization.
- Ken Blanchard

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

The simple act of paying positive attention to people
has a great deal to do with productivity.
- Thomas J. Peters

Excitement in education and student productivity,
the ability to get a result that you want from students,
go together and cannot be separated.
- Major Owens

Stressing output is the key to improving productivity,
while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.
- Paul Gauguin

Nowadays, business is all about productivity -
and our folks produce.
- John Hoeven

Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.
- Franz Kafka

A wonderful emotion to get things moving when one is stuck is anger.
It was anger more than anything else that had set me off,
roused me into productivity and creativity.
- Mary Garden

Productivity is never an accident.
It is always the result of a commitment to excellence,
intelligent planning, and focused effort.
- Paul J. Meyer

We can no longer prosper by increasing human productivity.
The more we try to do, the more poverty we will create.
- Paul Hawken

Productivity and the growth of productivity must be
the first economic consideration at all times,
not the last.
That is the source of technological innovation,
jobs, and wealth.
- William E. Simon

I have always advocated for funding and programs that
increase our productivity and competitiveness.
- George Allen

Trade helps bring us products cheaply,
but there is no guarantee whatsoever to assume that
it will allow us to replace the jobs that have been lost,
and there is no mechanism under productivity that says that,
either.
- Tim Bishop

When you waste a moment, you have killed it in a sense,
squandering an irreplaceable opportunity.
But when you use the moment properly,
filling it with purpose and productivity,
it lives on forever.
- Menachem Mendel Schneerson

I remember very clearly at the first budget review
having a pretty direct conversation with the head of manufacturing...
We began to get huge improvements in productivity and responsiveness.
I got a chance to see that firsthand.
- Rick Wagoner

The decree of a coercive tribunal would not need to
conform to the true standard of wages,
the final productivity of social labor.
It would introduce into distribution a genuinely arbitrary element,
with a very large ultimate power to pervert the natural system.
- John Bates Clark

The challenge to our national economies and the collective
economy of Europe will become -
with the growth of China and the continuing productivity growth of the US -
even more intense in the decades to come.
- John Hutton

Outsourcing and globalization of manufacturing allows
companies to reduce costs,
benefits consumers with lower cost goods and services,
causes economic expansion that reduces unemployment,
and increases productivity and job creation.
- Larry Elder

There is no single development, in either technology or management technique,
which by itself promises even one order-of-magnitude
improvement within a decade in productivity,
in reliability, in simplicity.
- Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.

We must speed up the deployment of broadband in order
to bring high-speed data services to homes and businesses.
The spread of information technology has contributed
to a steady growth in U.S.
productivity.
- Michael Oxley

For most of the 20th century, we didn't just enjoy
economic success in Michigan,
we defined it.
Our innovators and entrepreneurs created the world's
most productive companies,
and our unions made sure that productivity led to broad middle class prosperity.
- Jennifer M. Granholm

I turned down a scholarship to Yale.
The problem with college is that there's a tendency
to mistake preparation for productivity.
You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll
the dice you'll never be successful.
- Shia LaBeouf

I believe in an America in which the fruits of productivity
and prosperity are shared by all,
by workers as well as owners, by those at the bottom
as well as those at the top;
an America in which the sacrifices required by national
security are shared by all,
by profiteers in the back offices as well as volunteers on the front lines.
- Theodore C. Sorensen

The level of potential physical productivity of a society
depends on both the development of the intellect of its members,
and a minimal standard of both demographic characteristics and of consumption.
- Robert Trout

You don't have a very motivated working class,
it starts to affect the dynamics of the economy.
If workers are disenchanted and disenfranchised,
productivity losses will go along with that.
- James Sinegal

A variety of national and international studies indicate
that the broad-based deployment of information technology
can have a substantial impact on our nation's economic
productivity and growth as well as the educational
and social success of our citizens.
- Tim Holden

Even though worker capacity and motivation are destroyed
when leaders choose power over productivity,
it appears that bosses would rather be in control than
have the organization work well.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

The 1980s will seem like a walk in the park when compared
to new global challenges,
where annual productivity increases of 6% may not be enough.
A combination of software, brains, and running harder
will be needed to bring that percentage up to 8% or 9%.
- Jack Welch

I'm a political scientist and I study these things,
and I know that economic problems, with the rising
unemployment and inflation and low productivity and so forth,
were a factor in that election, in that defeat of President Carter.
- Jeane Kirkpatrick

I was the one that brought it in, but not only for the north-east,
for every area so we can develop all the regional economies,
lift up the national productivity, get greater wealth
and share it more evenly.
- John Prescott

Productivity is going to be a critical issue.
And it's not just about getting more time for professors in the classroom.
It involves reexamining the learning experience and
restructuring faculty and the use of faculty time.
- Roy Romer

NAFTA recognizes the reality of today's economy -
globalization and technology.
Our future is not in competing at the low-level wage job;
it is in creating high-wage,
new technology jobs based on our skills and our productivity.
- John F. Kerry

We couldn't be making as much money,
if we had to deal with stranger behaviour.
And right now, anybody who slows down our economic productivity,
off they go.
We have a place for them, the psychiatric institution.
That's the main thing, they slow things down.
- Chester Brown

There's no question that California,
in the last three or four years,
has been privileged to add disproportionately to the
economic growth of America,
and to contribute to its technological productivity.
- Gray Davis

As a consequence, progress has come to mean simply more power,
more profit, more productivity, more paper prosperity,
all of which are convertible into standards concerned
only with size or magnitude rather than quality or excellence.
- Alex Campbell

Recognize that "suffering is optional," and develop daily habits
that support living a joyful and productive life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A good father believes that he does wisely to encourage enterprise,
productive skill, prudent self-denial,
and judicious expenditure on the part of his son.
- William Graham Sumner

I don't like a lot of social programs either because
it makes you non-productive.
- Charles Evers

Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough.
Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away,
and move on to something that's more productive.
- Donald Trump

In motivating people, you've got to engage their minds and their hearts.
I motivate people, I hope, by example -
and perhaps by excitement,
by having productive ideas to make others feel involved.
- Rupert Murdoch

The older, thinner, and less productive grass lands,
however, frequently can be made to produce much larger
yields of feed in corn than if left,
as they are, in unproductive grass.
- David F. Houston

It is from weakness that people reach for dictators
and concentrated government power.
Only the strong can be free.
And only the productive can be strong.
- Wendell Willkie

The most important thing we stressed is that we want
those kids to be productive citizens.
- Troy Vincent

You cannot carry on forever squeezing the productive
bit of the economy in order to fund an unprecedented
engorgement of the unproductive bit.
- Daniel Hannan

Genius is the capacity for productive reaction against one's training.
- Bernard Berenson

The least productive people are usually the ones who
are most in favor of holding meetings.
- Thomas Sowell

The concentration and reciprocal effect of industry
and agriculture conjoin in a growth of productive powers,
which increases more in geometrical than in arithmetical proportion.
- Friedrich List

The social system grows rigid but the productive forces continue to expand,
and conflict ensues between the forces of production
and the social conditions of production.
- Earl Browder

I believe that you should gravitate to people who are
doing productive and positive things with their lives.
- Nadia Comaneci

Education, when delivered properly, can benefit a lot
of people and make productive citizens out of those otherwise given no hope.
- John Murray

This has taught me that being pleasant is always so much more productive,
for I know well the rewards for being good-natured.
- Marie Windsor

So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear.
That there is no alternative way, so far discovered,
of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can
hold a candle to the productive activities that are
unleashed by a free enterprise system.
- Milton Friedman

Once you get into the habit of work,
you can be more productive in the things you want to do.
- Adrian Grenier

Tragically, the White House Task Force on Disadvantaged
Youth reported that one-quarter of our young people
are at serious risk of not achieving productive adulthood.
- Ruben Hinojosa

The employee is regarded by the employer merely in
the light of his value as an operative.
His productive capacity alone is taken into account.
- Leland Stanford

I don't like to be labeled, to be anything.
I've made the mistake before myself of labeling my music,
but it's counter-productive.
- Neil Young

Many people - and I think I am one of them -
are more productive when they've had a little to drink.
I find if I drink two or three brandies,
I'm far better able to write.
- David Ogilvy

It is a governing principle of nature,
that the agency which can produce most good,
when perverted from its proper aim, is most productive of evil.
- James F. Cooper

Whenever we don't turn the ball over,
we're pretty productive.
When you're turning the ball over, you're cutting down
on offensive opportunities.
- Eric Snow

The U.S.
and Iraq will work together next year to shift Iraqi
resources from unproductive subsidies to productive
uses that enable Iraqis to earn livelihoods.
- Zalmay Khalilzad

Digital Chocolate has 60% of its developers in Finland
where the sun never sets in the summer and there is
nothing to do outside in the winter,
so we are very productive!
- Trip Hawkins

The only distribution of wealth which is the product of labor,
which will be honest, will come through a more equal
distribution of the productive capacity of men.
- Leland Stanford

Group discussion is very valuable; group drafting is less productive.
- Jon Postel

I think the market driven economic system is the most productive system,
but to have that work in the world, you've got to also
have social investments to go along with that.
- Mike Lowry


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