Famous advice on the Organization


"Technological developments, financial issues, globalization, restructuring and mergers, new ideas about management and corporate governance, and new government legislation are all putting pressure on organizations to change and to be agile. Today's world is changing faster than ever before. Yet the process of organizational change is not easy, and implementing it successfully makes considerable demands on the managers involved. Economic climates, political trends, changes in consumer demands, management policy or structure, employment levels and financial resources - all these elements are constantly at play, understanding that organizations clinging on to static structures will ultimately lose out. However organizational change is a dynamic and even alarming thing. This page provides free organizational advice from great thinkers on how to manage organizations in such a way that the whole organization works towards the goals set with enthusiasm and endurance..."

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The wisest organization advice:




Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.

Henry Brooks Adams 1838-1919, American writer and historian



That government is best which governs least.

Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862, American writer



Reengineering must be fundamental, radical and drastic.

Michael Hammer & James Champy 1993, American management consultants



An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.

Stephen R. Covey, American management guru



No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.

Peter F. Drucker 1909-, American management guru



The wittiest advice on organizations:



Guidelines for bureaucrats: 1. When in charge, ponder. 2. When in trouble, delegate. 3. When in doubt, mumble.

James H. Boren 1925-, American bureaucrat



Always change processes and structures while they still function.




Business is like a car: it will not run by itself except downhill.

American saying



The real problem is what to do with problem solvers after the problem is solved.

Gay Talese 1932-, American (Italian-born) journalist



Two dangers never cease threatening the world: order and disorder.

Paul Valery 1871-1945, French poet and author in Crisis of the Mind



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