Mark McCormack

United States
16 Nov 1930 // 16 May 2003


I can tell more about how someone is likely to react in a business situation from one round of golf than I can from a hundred hours of meetings.
In a company of 2500 people, there are 2500 egos running around, each with his or her own view of reality.
Running a company is a constant process of breaking out of systems and challenging conditioned reflexes, of rubbing against the grain.
Business demands innovation. There is a constant need to feel around the edges, but business schools, out of necessity, are condemned to teach the past.
Anger can be an effective negotiating tool, but only as a calculated act, never as a reaction.
Make a suggestion or assumption and let them tell you you're wrong. People also have a need to feel smarter than you are.


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."