Quotes

The electric light did not come from the continuous improvement of candles.
Oren Harari

The only reason an organization has dead wood is that management either hired dead wood or it hired live wood and killed it.
W. Edwards Deming

Two roads diverged in a wood … I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost

Start with what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible
Franz von Assisi

The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.
Charles Bukowski

We’ve all learned how to go on Sunday night to email and work from home. But very few of us have learned how to go to the movies on Monday afternoon.
Ricardo Semler

People don’t resist change. They resist being changed!
Peter Senge

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Winston Chrurchill

Break down barriers between departments. People in research, design, sales, and production must work as a team.
W. Edwards Deming

The basic assumptions underlying much of what is taught and practiced in the name of management are hopelessly out of date.
Peter F. Drucker

We have a strategic plan. It’s called doing things.
Herb Kelleher

Traditional hierarchies and their plethora of built-in control systems are, at their core, formidable machines that breed fear and distrust.
Frederic Laloux

Management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could.
Steve Jobs

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving
Lao Tzu

Management by objective works – if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don’t.
Peter F. Drucker

Whenever there is fear, you will get the wrong numbers.
W. Edwards Deming

Management by numerical goal is an attempt to manage without knowledge of what to do, and in fact is usually management by fear.
W. Edwards Deming

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
Charles Darwin

We know that management is out of date. We know its rituals and routines look ridiculous in the light of the 21st century.
Gary Hamel

Organizations, like people, have values. To be effective in an organization, a person’s values must be compatible with the organization’s values.
Peter F. Drucker

Traditional departments will serve as guardians of standards, as centers for training and the assignment of specialists; they won’t be where the work gets done. That will happen largely in task-focused teams.
Peter F. Drucker, The coming of the new organization

Many organizational leaders and human resource managers complain that Millennials are hard to manage. Indeed, this generation has grown up in the disruptive world of the Internet, where people’s influence is based on contribution and reputation, not position. Why would they want to put up with anything other than self-management in the workplace? Why would anyone else, for that matter?
Frederic Laloux

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.H. L. Mencken

A system is not the sum of the behavior of its parts, it’s the product of their interactions.
Russell Ackoff

It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.
Steve Jobs

You can do anything, but not everything.
David Allen

You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.
John Maxwell

The overwhelming reality is: we live in a world where almost everything is worthless and a very few things are exceptionally valuable.
Greg McKeown

Control is overrated. If everything’s under control, you’re going too slow!
Henrik Kniberg

In a few hundred years, when the history of our time will be written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event historians will see is not technology, not the Internet, not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time – literally – substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves. And society is totally unprepared for it.
Peter F. Drucker

My goal is to be missed when I don’t show up one day. Not by a lot of people, but by the ones that matter.
Seth Godin

The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different. Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window. The best way to create the future is to create it.
Peter F. Drucker

The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.
Nassim Taleb

It is no longer sufficient to have one person learning for the organization, a Ford or a Sloan or a Watson or a Gates. […] The organizations that will truly excel in the future will be the organizations that discover how to tap people’s […] capacity to learn at all levels in an organization.
Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline

Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.
Peter F. Drucker

As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.
Captain Jack Sparrow

Learning is not compulsory—neither is survival.
W. Edwards Deming

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
Douglas Adams

Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.
Philipp Rosenthal

Meetings are by definition a concession to a deficient organization. For one either meets or one works. One cannot do both at the same time.
Peter F. Drucker

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.
Steve Jobs

Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion.
Simon Sinek

The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I.” And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I.” They don’t think “I.” They think “we”; they think “team.” They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.
Peter F. Drucker

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