Michael Scott is a fictional character in the hit NBC mockumentary sitcom “The Office.” This character is based on the character of David Brent in the British version of this show. Michael Scott is played by Steve Carell, and is one of the actor’s best-known television roles. This character has grown into a cult following, much like the sitcom in which he appears. Scott has had many date lines that people have adapted to various situations for inspirational and motivational purposes. Here are 20 quotes from Michael Scott that apply to business.
20. On becoming a respected leader
Would you rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.
This quote on Inc.com shows the importance of striking the right balance in becoming a respected leader. On the one hand, you want to appear as an authority figure that people will follow and obey. On the other hand, you need your team to like you enough that they stay motivated and approach work with a positive attitude and want to please you. Striking the right balance in your approach to leadership is essential.
Never never never give up.
To become truly successful, you need guts and determination. Too many people give up as soon as they hit their first hurdle. You will only be successful if you continue to work hard to achieve your dreams. Don’t let little setbacks stop you in life. Get up, learn from your mistakes, and carry on.
18. On promoting teamwork
“The people he works with are, when he gets down to it, his best friends.”
Those who work full time spend a great deal of their time together in the workplace. For this reason, it is important that there is cohesion in the team so that they work together in the best way. This is not only important to them, but it is also vital if you want to get the best out of your team and have them work together effectively towards your goal. If your team is not working well together, you should take steps to improve your teamwork.
17. Aiming high
“The only time I set the bar low is in limbo.”
What you achieve in business depends largely on the bar you set for yourself, and this is entirely up to you. If you only aim low, you will only achieve a moderate level of success. To reach your full potential, you must always set the bar high, just like Michael Scott.
16. Recognize your weaknesses
“Guess what, I have flaws.”
This quote from Michael Scott on the cheat sheet highlights the importance of recognizing that you have flaws and areas of weakness. No one is without flaws, and it is vital that you analyze your own strengths and weaknesses. By acknowledging your weaknesses, you will identify which personality traits or skill areas you should focus your attention on improving.
15. On embracing the unknown
“Sometimes I start a sentence and I don’t even know where it is going. I just hope to meet him on the way.
Some elements of running a business are predictable and others are very difficult to plan. It’s nearly impossible to plan for every eventuality, but you must handle situations as they arise. It is this fear of the unknown that prevents many people from taking risks and starting a business. Unless you are willing to take a chance and embrace the unknown, you are not giving yourself a chance to fulfill your potential.
14. On taking care of your equipment
“The most sacred thing I do is take care and support my workers, my family.”
Your employees are a vital aspect of your business and they can make a huge difference to your success or failure. To keep everyone motivated, working as a team, and reaching goals, you need to make sure they are happy in the workplace. How you treat your team will have a big impact on this, so treat them well.
13. On how to achieve a work-life balance
“I guess I’ve been working so hard that I forgot what it’s like to be just working.”
A common mistake people make is concentrating so much on their work that they forget to have a personal life. While it’s important to focus your efforts on work if you want to be successful, not having a life outside of work can start to negatively impact your focus. Taking a break from work every now and then is beneficial as it allows you to regroup in a way that increases your concentration.
12. On self-improvement
“You should never settle for who you are.”
According to this quote from Awaken the Greatness Within, no one should settle for who they are. This…