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Government service is to be judged on equity as well as on efficiency.

Deming, W. Edwards

It will not suffice to have customers that are merely satisfied. An unhappy customer will switch. Unfortunately, a satisfied customer may also switch, on the theory that he could not lose much, and might gain.

Deming, W. Edwards

A numerical goal leads to distortion and faking, especially when the system is not capable of meeting the goal. Anybody will meet the quota (goal) allotted to him. He is not responsible for the losses so generated.

Deming, W. Edwards

Stamping out fires is a lot of fun, but it is only putting things back the way they were.

Deming, W. Edwards

Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your product and service, and that bring friends with them.

Deming, W. Edwards

Long-term commitment to new learning and new philosophy is required of any management that seeks transformation. The timid and the fainthearted, and people that expect quick results, are doomed to disappointment.

Deming, W. Edwards

A leader is a coach, not a judge.

Deming, W. Edwards

Cease dependence on inspection to achieve quality. Eliminate the need for inspection on a mass basis by building quality into the product in the first place.

Deming, W. Edwards

New product and new types of service are generated, not by asking the consumer, but by knowledge, imagination, innovation, risk, trial and error on the part of the producer, backed by enough capital to develop the product or service and to stay in business during the lean months of introduction.

Deming, W. Edwards

To copy is to invite disaster.

Deming, W. Edwards
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