Ken Hendricks

A Quote by Ken Hendricks on work, job, and workplace

There are three sayings I live by, and one of them is 'The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.' That's what losing a job is like. That's why we have to bring them back.

Ken Hendricks

Source: Inc: Create Jobs, Eliminate Waste, Preserve Value: http://www.inc.com/magazine/20061201/entrepreneur-hendricks.html

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A Quote by Ken Hendricks on leadership and management

Wrong location? Move it. Wrong people? Replace 'em. Wrong industry? I don't believe it. I've got a company in the machine tools industry, and we're doing great. I'd happily go into the coal business. It's how you look at something and how it's managed that make the difference.

Ken Hendricks

Source: Inc: Create Jobs, Eliminate Waste, Preserve Value: http://www.inc.com/magazine/20061201/entrepreneur-hendricks.html

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A Quote by Ken Hendricks on business, customers, people, entrepreneurship, and leadership

If you were charged with fixing the U.S. auto industry, how would you do it?

The guys who run the auto companies are out of touch with their customers and their employees. They ride to work in their limousines. They go up in their elevators and lock themselves in their offices. They don't walk out into the plants. They wouldn't even drive in the neighborhoods where their employees live. They give themselves big bonuses when the company isn't making any money. I'd make them get involved with the people who are building the cars. They've got to become real people.

Ken Hendricks

Source: Inc: 10 questions for Ken Hendricks: http://www.inc.com/magazine/20061201/entrepreneur-questions.html

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A Quote by Ken Hendricks on business, vision, banks, and finance

If you could go back in time and do one thing differently in your business, what would it be?

I would have shared with the banks my long-term vision and got them involved instead of just going to them when I needed money. I should have got them on my team right from the start.

Ken Hendricks

Source: Inc: 10 questions for Ken Hendricks: http://www.inc.com/magazine/20061201/entrepreneur-questions.html

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A Quote by Ken Hendricks on business and entrepreneurship

What has been the most rewarding moment in your decades of entrepreneurship?

Our last annual managers meeting. I gave my motivational talk and then I asked, How many people here started as a forklift operator, a warehouse person, a roof loader, or a truck driver? We had 600 people and almost half of them stood up.

Ken Hendricks

Source: Inc: 10 questions for Ken Hendricks: http://www.inc.com/magazine/20061201/entrepreneur-questions.html

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A Quote by Ken Hendricks on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, business, luck, serendipity, and skill

What is the most overrated skill for an entrepreneur?

The most overrated skill is skill. Luck is more important. The entrepreneur gets credit for being this genius, when really he was just at the right place at the right time.

Ken Hendricks

Source: Inc: 10 questions for Ken Hendricks: http://www.inc.com/magazine/20061201/entrepreneur-questions.html

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