Born: November 19, 1909
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: November 19, 2005
Occupation: Author, Management Consultant, and Professor
Profile: Management guru and self-described Social Ecologist. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002.
Number of Quotes: 8
Business, that's easily defined - it's other people's money.
Decisions of the kind the executive has to make are not made well by acclamation. They are made well only if based on the clash of conflicting views ... The first rule in decision-making is that one does not make a decision unless there is disagreement.
Long-range planning does not deal with future decisions. It deals with the future of present decisions.
Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.
Organizations that are change leaders are designed for change. But people need continuity ... they do not function well if the environment is not predictable, not understandable, not known.
The computer is a moron.
The most common cause of executive failure is inability or unwillingness to change with the demands of a new position. The executive who keeps on doing what he has done successfully before is almost bound to fail.
Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.