Mary Kay Ash, fully Mary Kathlyn Wagner Ash

Mary Kay
Ash, fully Mary Kathlyn Wagner Ash

American Businesswoman, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

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Over the years, I?ve observed that nearly all high achievers know how to make good use of those 1,440 minutes in each day. In contrast, other people seem to do things in slow motion.

The best way to kill a management system is to violate it. The second best way is to ignore it.

We are meant to use and increase whatever God has given us. And when we do, we shall be given more.

You can?t stand still. You either go forward or backward.

People are happiest when they have goals, small and large, because they can look forward to attaining them.

The best-run companies develop their own managers from within ? rarely do they seek outsiders. In fact, it?s a sign of weakness when a company goes outside too often?

We don?t sell ? we teach.

You must develop the ability to know the difference between a real problem and an imaginary one.

People often resist change when they don?t participate in the decision-making process. Some of the best leaders ?plant the seed? that permits others to propose the idea and take credit for it!

The better the talent, the less external activating it needs.

We don?t want the guests to think its all fun and games? although it is fun, of course.

People will support that which they help to create.

The faintest ink is better than the most retentive memory.

We fall forward to succeed.

People won?t follow a person they don?t trust.

The Golden Rule teaches us to ?Do unto others as we would have others do unto us.?? Of course, it was meant for everyone, but what a perfect rule of conduct for people managers! Unfortunately many people today consider the Golden Rule a tiresome clich‚, but it still is the best key to people management. At Mary Kay Cosmetics we take it very seriously. Every people-management decision made is based on the Golden Rule. I truly believe that the Golden Rule was intended to be used seven days a week ? not just on Sunday. And that is should be employed in every relationship ? business or personal. When you use this rule ? every decision becomes a right decision.

When we began in 1963, we meant to change the lives of a few people. Instead we are changing the world.

Pomposity can? be a transparent cover-up for incompetence.

The more enjoyment people derive from their work, the better they will produce.

When we began our adoptee program, it was generally felt that it wouldn?t work. But I knew that it would. I knew it would work because it was based on the Golden Rule. At Mary Kay Cosmetics we sometimes call it the ?go-give? principle. It?s a philosophy based on giving, and it is applied in every aspect of our business. At our beauty shows we do not like a beauty consultant to think, ?How much can I sell these women?? Instead we stress, ?What can I do to make these women leave here today feeling better about themselves? How can I help them have a better self-image??

Real leaders aren?t afraid to get their hands dirty.

The most important justification for being in business is service to others. Every new business must be built upon the premise, since wanting to make money or desiring to ?dabble? in a favorite pastime are not enough to sustain such a venture. The business must fulfill a need.

When you come to a road block, take a detour.

Recognition is the most powerful of all motivating techniques.

The most rewarding aspect of my life is to watch a woman come into our company like a tight little rosebud, sometimes too inhibited to even tell me who she is, and after six months of training, praise, and encouragement, and recognition by her recruiter and director friends ? she blossoms into a poised beautiful woman. All because someone helps her reach down within herself and bring forth her? talents and abilities.

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American Businesswoman, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics