At Wal-Mart, if you couldn't explain an idea or a concept in simple terms on one page of paper Sam Walton considered the new idea too complicated to implement.

- Michael Bergdahl

The key to competing and surviving against Wal-Mart is to focus your business into a niche or pocket where you can leverage your strengths in the local marketplace.

- Michael Bergdahl

Servant leadership is the foundation and the secret of Sam Walton's ability to achieve team synergy.

- Michael Bergdahl

When you compete with Wal-Mart, even if you think you've found a niche don't ever become complacent.

- Michael Bergdahl

Sam Walton's values are: treat the customer right, take care of your people, be honest in your dealings, pass savings along to the customer, keep things simple, think small, control costs and continuously improve operations.

- Michael Bergdahl

Wal-Mart hires average people but squeezes above average performance and results out of them.

- Michael Bergdahl

Wal-Mart's success strategies and tactics are easy to understand yet hard to duplicate.

- Michael Bergdahl

Sam Walton instilled ownership of the products in the stores into the collective consciousness of every associate regardless of what job they did for the company.

- Michael Bergdahl

The key to Operations at Wal-Mart is their ability to maintain the highest standards while at the same time getting things done with lockstep execution.

- Michael Bergdahl

Sam Walton was a master storyteller who used illustrative stories to reinforce his cultural standards.

- Michael Bergdahl