Michael Scott (played by Steve Carrell in “The Office”) was an interesting leader, to put it lightly. But despite his not-suitable-for-work behavior and unproductivity, he possessed many admirable qualities, from compassion to loyalty.
Scott once said, “Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way.” What he usually found was a statement that was equal parts bold, hilarious and, yes, even inspiring.
These eight quotes from the self-appointed World’s Best Boss might make you laugh out loud, but they can also teach you a thing or two about business.
1. The quote: “You may look around and see two groups here: white collar, blue collar. But I don’t see it that way, and you know why not? Because I am collar-blind.” (Season 2, Episode 15)
The lesson: Regardless of their job title, Michael doesn’t view any worker as better than another. He treats each of his employees (except Toby) with care and appreciation. Leaders should never favor one person or believe that someone is more valuable just because of the nature of their work.
2. The quote: “Fool me once, strike one. Fool me twice, strike three.” (Season 3, Episode 13)
The lesson: Michael doesn’t have a “three strikes, you’re out” mindset. To him, poor choices should not be made twice. But despite this no-nonsense attitude, Michael still believes in second chances. Every leader can benefit from this perspective.
3. The quote: “‘You miss 100 percent of the chances you don’t take.’ – Wayne Gretzky” (Season 5, Episode 23)
The lesson: So, maybe Michael didn’t coin this well-known quote, but the message still rings true. If you want to achieve anything, especially in business, you first must try. Don’t let the possibility of failure hold you back. (Oh, and always cite your sources.)
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