Thoughts on boardroom battles

Published: Dec 10, 2016

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In business, when two people always agree, one of them is irrelevant.
—William Wrigley

Scratch the surface in a typical boardroom and we are all just cavemen with briefcases, hungry for a wise person to tell us stories.
—Alan Kay

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Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.
—Walter Lippmann

The aim of argument and of discussion should not be victory, but progress.
—Joseph Joubert

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A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
—Napoleon Bonaparte
 
 

Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional.
—Max Lucado

 

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Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. 
—Ronald Reagan

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When you have no one to answer to, vendetta as investment strategy is as legitimate as anything.  
—Carl Icahn

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Get me inside any boardroom, and I’ll get any decision I want.
—Tom Stoppard

 

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A boardroom is a collection of individuals, and individuals have varying motives, egos, agendas and qualifications. Sometimes the dynamics can go off track.
—Carly Fiorina

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The entrance strategy is actually more important than the exit strategy.
—Edward Lampert

 

People will do things in a boardroom that they would never do as an individual. Group decisions, no personal liability.
—Richard Schaden

Image: William, Walter: Getty Images; Edward: Peter Morgan / Reuters; Napoleon: Deagostini / Getty Images; Carl: Reuters; Tom: Dylan Martinez / Reuters; Ronald: Mal Langsdon / Reuters; Carly: Mike Blake / Reuter


(This story appears in the 23 December, 2016 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from Magzter.com. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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