Popular phrases every PMP should know

Popular phrases every PMP should know
Being a project manager can be a tough job. A little folk wisdom to inspire us to keep leading our teams and advance our careers doesn’t hurt.

That’s why we compiled some of the most accurate phrases for project managers and those looking for motivation to pursue that career:

  1. “Operations keep the lights on, strategy provides the light at the end of the tunnel, but project management is the train engine that moves the organization forward” – Joy GumzSenior Director at Project Auditors 

  2. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got” – Anthony ’Tony’ RobbinsMotivational Speaker

  3. “If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you are doing” – W. Edwards DemingAmerican Engineer, Statistician, Professor, Author, Lecturer, and Management Consultant 

  4. “Have a good plan, Execute it violently, Do it today” – General Douglas McArthurAmerican five-star General and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army

  5. “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking” – Henry Ford,  Founder of Ford Motor Company

  6. “Momentum is a fragile force. Its worst enemy: procrastination. Its best friend: a deadline (think Election Day). Implication no. 1 (and there is no no. 2): Get to work! NOW!” – Tom PetersAmerican Writer and Author 

  7. “Know when to cut your losses if necessary. Don’t let your desire to succeed be the enemy of good judgment. If Napoleon had left Moscow immediately, he may have returned with a salvageable army.” – Jerry ManasThought Leader in Organizational Project and Resource management

  8. “A project is complete when it starts working for you, rather than you working for it.” – Scott AllenAmerican Figure Skater 

  9. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do” – Steve JobsCo-founder of Apple

  10. “Concentrate all of your thoughts upon the work in had. The sun rays do not burn until brought to a focus” – Alexander Graham BellScottish-born Scientist, Inventor, Engineer & Innovator

  11. “You don’t have to see the entire staircase, just take the first step” – Martin Luther King JrAmerican Baptist Minister, Activist & Humanitarian

  12. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill,  Prime Minister of United Kingdom 1940-1945 and 1951-1955

  13. “Even if you’re on the right track you will get run over if you just sit there” – Will RogersAmerican humorist, Newspaper Columnist, Social Commentator, and Stage & Motion Picture Actor

  14. “Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed” – Peter DruckerAustrian-born American Management Consultant, Educator, and Author 

  15. “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps” – ConfuciusChinese Teacher, Editor, Politician, and Philosopher


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