The first step is to measure whatever can easily be measured. This is OK as far as it goes. The second step is to disregard that which can't be easily measured or to give it an arbitrary quantitative value. This is artificial and misleading. The third step is to presume that what can't be measured e
Creativity is born of chaos, even if it is somewhat difficult to glimpse the possibilities in the midst of the confusion.
Presidents, leaders, to be effective have to represent the whole to the parts and to the world outside. They may live in the centre but they must not be the centre. To reinforce the common sense they must be a constant teacher, ever travelling, ever talking, ever listening, the chief missionary of t
If economic progress means that we become anonymous cogs in some great machine, then progress is an empty promise.
Creativity needs a bit of untidiness. Make everything too neat and there is no room for experiment.
I believe that a lot of our striving after the symbols and levers of success is due to a basic insecurity, a need to prove ourselves. That done, grown up at last, we are free to stop pretending.
We cannot wait for great visions from great people, for they are in short supply. It is up to us to light our own small fires in the darkness.
It is tempting to call for better leadership, but we probably expect too much from the leaders of the nations. Those nations are too big, the connections not strong enough, the commitment to the future not long enough. It is better to look smaller, to our now-smaller organisations, to local communit
The world by and large has to be reinvented.
Passion is born of vague hopes.
You have to stand outside the box to see how the box can be re-designed.
Home is the first school for us all, a school with no fixed curriculum, no quality control, no examinations, no teacher training
Instead of a national curriculum for education, what is really needed is an individual curriculum for every child
Purpose, pattern, and people, the three P's at the heart of life.
The companies that survive longest are the one's that work out what they uniquely can give to the world-not just growth or money but their excellence, their respect for others, or their ability to make people happy. Some call those things a soul.
If there is one general law of communication it is that we never communicate as effectively as we think we do.
Villages are small and personal, and their inhabitants have names, characters, and personalities. What more appropriate concept on which to base our institutions of the future than the ancient social unit whose flexibility and strength substained human society through millenia?
A consultant solves other people"s problems. I could never do that. I want to help other people solve their own problems.
Talent comes with an individual name tag.
Some of my unhappiest moments have been in organizations. Somehow it seems to be quite respectable to do things in organizations that you would never do in private life. I have had people insult me to my face in front of colleagues. I have had my feelings rammed down my throat on the pretext that it
Citizenship is the chance to make a difference to the place where you belong.
Most of us prefer to walk backward into the future, a posture that may be uncomfortable but which at least allows us to keep on looking at familiar things as long as we can.
We need to have faith in the future to make sense of the present.
We learn by reflecting on what has happened. The process seldom works in reverse, although most educational processes assume that it does. We hope that we can teach people how to live before they live, or how to manage before they manage.
The sobering thought is that individuals and societies are not, in the end, remembered for how they made their money, but for how they spent it.
A leader shapes and shares a vision, which gives point to the work of others.
The market is a mechanism for sorting the efficient from the inefficient, it is not a substitute for responsibility.
Change is only another word for growth, another synonym for learning.
Learning is experience understood in tranquility.
Profit has to be a means to other ends rather than an end in itself.