Put a good person in a bad system and the bad system wins, no contest.
W. Edwards Deming
It's relatively simple. If we're not getting more, better faster than they are getting more, better faster, than we're getting less better or more worse.
A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.
adapted from John Le Carre
Your brain works faster than you think.
What you see depends on what you thought before you looked.
We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.
Max DePree, Leadership is an Art
If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten.
If things seem really under control, you're not going fast enough.
A mission statement is defined as "a long awkward sentence that demonstrates management's inability to think clearly." All good companies have one.
From The Dilbert Principle, 1996
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy.
The Eagles, Take it Easy
Simple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex intelligent behavior. Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple stupid behavior.
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
"It's hard to care for customers if you don't think the Boss cares for you. Boss spelled backwards is also self-explanatory in many cases."
Committee: a group of men who individually can do nothing but as a group decide that nothing can be done.
Now for the lighter side.....
A man goes into a pet shop to buy a parrot. The shop owner points to three identical looking parrots on a perch and says, "the parrot on the left costs 500 dollars".
"Why does the parrot cost so much," asks the man.
The shop owner says, "well, the parrot knows how to use a computer".
The man then asks about the next parrot to be told that this one costs 1,000 dollars because it can do everything the other parrot can do plus it knows how to use the UNIX operating system.
Naturally, the increasingly startled man asks about the third parrot to be told that it costs 2,000 dollars. Needless to say this begs the question, "What can it do?"
To which the shop owner replies, "to be honest I have never seen it do a thing, but the other two call him boss!"
How many executives does it take to change a light bulb?
A roomful - they have to hold a meeting to discuss all the ramifications of the change.
None, they like to keep employees in the dark.
"This topic was resumed from last week's discussion, but is incomplete pending resolution of some action items. It will be continued next week. Meanwhile..."
"We've formed a task-force to study the problem of why light bulbs burn out, and to figure out what, exactly, we as supervisors can do to make the bulbs work smarter, not harder."
How many managers does it take to change a light bulb?
"I want a detailed memo about this issue till tomorrow's morning."
"You were supposed to have changed that light bulb last week!"
"We haven't got a policy on that".
"I am on my way to a very important meeting, so we'll discuss it some other time."
Three. Two to find out if it needs changing, and one to tell an employee to change it.