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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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.

When you use this rule ? every decision becomes a right decision. [On The Golden Rule]

Recognition was as vital to me as money.

The word enthusiasm has a Greek origin meaning ?God within.?

Whenever I meet someone, I try to imagine him wearing an invisible sign that says: Make Me Feel Important! I respond to this sing immediately, and it works wonders.

Return telephone calls promptly but be judicious about the time spent on the phone.

There are two things people want more than sex and money -- recognition and praise.

While clothes may not make the woman, they certainly have a strong effect on her self-confidence - which, I believe, does make the woman.

So many women just don?t know how really great they are. They come to us all vogue on the outside

There is a way; Up, Around, Over or Through.

While it is true that a teacher generally stands at the head of the class and does most of the talking, a good teacher also knows how to listen attentively. So does a good manager.

Some of the most successful people managers are also the best listeners.

To me, P & L doesn?t only mean profit and loss ? it also means people and love.

While listening may be the most undervalued of all the communication skills, good people managers are likely to listen more than they speak. Perhaps that?s why God gave us two ears and only one mouth.

Some people drift through their entire lives. They do it one day at a time, one week at a time, one month at a time. The months run into years and span a life. It happens so gradually that they are unaware of how their lives are slipping by them until it's too late.

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American Businesswoman, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics