Thursday, January 17, 2013

OrgIntelligence Quotes

"The purpose of an organization is to enable ordinary humans beings to do extraordinary things." (Peter Drucker, Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, 1974)

"Not all the smart people work for you." (Bill Joy, Sun Microsystems)

"To read the history of modern intelligence failures is to get the nagging feeling that men at the top are often out of touch, that good intelligence is difficult to come by and enormously difficult to listen to; that big decisions are very delicate but not necessarily deliberative; that sustained good judgement is rare. Bemoaning the decline of meaningful action, T.S. Eliot once spoke of a world that ends 'not with a bang but a whimper'. What we have to fear is that the bang will come, preceded by the contemporary equivalent of the whimper - a faint rustle of paper as some self-convinced chief of state, reviewing a secret memo full of comfortable rationalizations just repeated at the final conference, fails to muster the necessary intelligence and wit and miscalculates the power and intent of his adversaries." (Harold Wilensky, Organizational Intelligence, 1967)

"If people did not sometimes do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done." (Ludwig Wittgenstein 1946)

"If you’re not doing some things that are crazy, then you’re doing the wrong things." (Larry Page, January 2013)