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Provocative Quotes for the Day

 

Some quotes gleaned from someone I respect:

"It is generally much easier to kill an organization than change it substantially."
- Kevin Kelly, Out of Control

"Incrementalism is innovation's worst enemy."
- Nicholas Negroponte

"The corporation as we know it, which is now 120 years old, is not likely to survive the next 25 years. Legally and financially, yes, but not structurally and economically."
- Peter Drucker, Business 2.0

"The 'surplus society' has a surplus of similar companies, employing similar people, with similar educational backgrounds, coming up with similar ideas, producing similar things, with similar prices and similar quality."
- Kjell Nordstrom and Jonas Ridderstrole, Funky Business

"Our business needs a massive transfusion of talent, and talent, I believe, is most likely to be found among non-conformists, dissenters and rebels."
- David Ogilvy

"Thomas Stanley has not only found no correlation between success in school and an ability to accumulate wealth, he's actually found a negative correlation. 'It seems that school-related evaluations are poor predictors of economic success,' Stanley concluded. What did predict success was a willingness to take risks. Yet the success-failure standards of most schools penalized risk takers. Most educational systems reward those who play it safe. As a result, those who do well in school find it hard to take risks later on."
- Richard Farson & Ralph Keyes, Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins

"The best swordsman in the world doesn't need to fear the second best swordsman in the world; no, the person for him to be afraid of is some ignorant antagonist who has never had a sword in his hand before; he doesn't do the thing he ought to do, and so the expert isn't prepared for him; he does the thing he ought not to do and often it catches the expert out and ends him on the spot."
- Mark Twain

"This is an essay about what it takes to create and sell something remarkable. It is a plea for originality, passion, guts and daring. You can't be remarkable by following someone else who's remarkable. The reason its so hard to follow the leader is this: The leader is the leader precisely because he did something remarkable. And that remarkable thing is now taken-so it's no longer remarkable when you decide to do it."
-Seth Godin, Fast Company/02.2003

Have fun with those!

 

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by Brett Rogers, 5/5/2005 10:21:48 AM
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