Funny Quotes About Downsizing, Fun Motivational Rightsizing Quotations

Expert Ideas and Inspiration About Mass Employee Firings, Job Cuts, Layoffs

Funny Quotes About Downsizing, Fun Motivational Rightsizing Quotations
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Whether it’s called downsizing or rightsizing, scaling down the scope of operations and reducing the size of the workforce has become a common, and almost everyday business strategy for the U.S. retail industry and other industries as well. As more American workers are downsized out of a job, more experts, politicians, entertainers, and thought leaders are talking about downsizing and rightsizing.

 From those conversations emerge quotable quotes that are insightful, motivational, and even fun and funny.

Certainly there doesn't seem to be much that is funny about mass employee firings, job cuts, and layoffs.    But the insights, ideas and inspirational words of wisdom about downsizing and rightsizing found in quotable quotations provide different perspectives that might give inspiration or relief to someone who is personally effected by the downsizing practice that has become an integral part of doing business in the 21st century.

What follows are some quotable quotations from leaders and successful people about downsizing retail operations and businesses in the U.S., arranged in no particular order. Click the links for more information about individual quote authors.

Funny, Fun, Motivational and Insightful Quotes About Downsizing and Rightsizing:

  • "A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them.
We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers,
they would continue to open their wallets." - Steve Jobs

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    • "Getting fired is nature's way to telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place." - Hal Lancaster, author of “Promoting Yourself"
    • "The company calls it ‘downsizing' or ‘rightsizing.' My own informal 'Name the Layoff' contest produced some other euphemisms: Retroactive Hiring Freeze, Resume Revision Days, Amway Opportunity Time, and Corporation Lite." - Dale Dauten, Author of The Gifted Boss
    • "Today's newest breed of employee is the self-manager. These workers are the ones who survived the recent. waves of downsizing, both by seeking and capitalizing, on new opportunities and by learning new skills. Because these employees increasingly possess the skills and technological tools to supervise themselves individually or in teams they are eliminating the need for layers of management. More executives will soon find their jobs redundant, while self-managing frontline workers become highly valued and virtually fire-proof. Everyone should strive to become self-managed. It is clearly the direction business is taking." - John A. Challenger, Media Job Market Subject Matter Expert
    • "If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm." - Vince Lombardi

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    • "Why are CEO's who slash jobs so proud of themselves? Instead of bragging about 'cutting fat,' they ought to be getting up before their employees and saying, "We did such a lousy job of planning and hiring that we have more people than work. And we are so broke and so dim-witted that we can't come up with any way to get more work. So our only solution is to send a lot of good people home. I am ashamed and I am sorry." - Dale Dauten, Author of The Gifted Boss
    • "Then, in the 1980's, came the paroxysm of downsizing, and the very nature of the corporation was thrown into doubt. In what began almost as a fad and quickly matured into an unshakable habit, companies were 'restructuring,' 'reengineering,' and generally cutting as many jobs as possible, white collar as well as blue . . . The New York Times captured the new corporate order succinctly in 1987, reporting that… ’All such allegiances are viewed as expendable under the new rules. With survival at stake, only market leadership, strong profits and a high stock price can be allowed to matter’." - Barbara Ehrenreich, author of "Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By In America"
    • "Downsizing itself is an inevitable part of any creatively destructive economy." - James Surowiecki, Business Writer, New Yorker Magazine

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      • "I think re-engineering or restructuring or downsizing or rightsizing or whatever you want to call it, it's basically firing, has gone way too far. Employees, as I've talked to them across the country, feel that they are not respected, they are not valued, they are worried about their jobs. They simply feel that the company is no longer loyal to them. Why should they be loyal to the company, they ask me. Why should I go the extra mile? Why should I care?" - Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley
      • "In this remarkable time for the world, I refuse to believe it's time to stop believing in the possibilities of our remarkable country. I refuse to accept the downsizing of the American Dream. I refuse to bet against American entrepreneurial spirit and American ingenuity.The competition's tough, and it requires us to be tougher - tough-minded, never hard hearted." - John Kerry, Secretary of State

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      • "Anything that costs you more hours of effort or worry than it brings you hours of enjoyment is a candidate for downsizing."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie, author of "100 Secrets for Living a Life You Love: Finding Happiness Despite Life's Roadblocks"

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