Sometimes I find sentences which are really worth by themselves, that have a lot of meaning, whether in or out of their original context. I often bookmark them but this time I think they’re worth a post. As a matter of fact I find two series of nice quotations in two posts I recently read : the firstare more about provocation (but provocation is sometimes useful to make people wonder), the second is from andÂ is more about good sense.
So…let’s start with provocation :
, IDEO: Creative people arenâ€™t interested in management.
Hal Varian, Google: â€˜Statisticianâ€™ is the sexy job of the 21st century.
Henry Mitzberg, McGill: We are not living in time of great change. Companies will not save the world.
Eric Abrahamson, Columbia:Â Organizations are over-organized.
Yves Doz, INSEAD: The danger is to think that whatâ€™s new is exciting and good, while whatâ€™s old is bad and tired.
, Washington University: People are deeply uncomfortable with uncertainty.
James Surowiecki, The New Yorker: The centralization of decision-making is a conceptual error. Individuals are not better than the collective.
…and finish with good sense :
“Networks make organizational politics and culture explicit“Â (Michael Schrage, MIT)
“The most difficult thing about IBM’s transformation was that so many people delegated responsibility upwards” (Lou Gerstner, IBM CEO)
“Hierarchy is a prosthesis for trust“Â (Warren Bennis, USC)