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"Ten years ago, Peter Senge introduced the idea of the 'learning organization' Now he says that for big companies to change, we need to stop thinking like mechanics and to start acting like gardeners."
— Alan M. Webber
Learning for a Change


"Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you've got. "
— Peter Drucker


"He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator."
— Francis Bacon
Essays, II, On Innovation


"Everything is in a process of change, nothing endures; we do not seek permanence."
— Masatoshi Naito


"Most of our assumptions have outlived their uselessness."
— Marshall McLuhan


"Keep in mind that you cannot control your own future. Your destiny is not in your hands; it is in the hands of the irrational consumer and society. The changes in their needs, desires, and demands will tell you where you must go. All this means that managers must themselves feel the pulse of change on a daily, continuous basis.... They should have intense curiosity, observe events, analyze trends, seek the clues of change, and translate those clues into opportunities."
— Michael J. Kami


"When we see the need for deep change, we usually see it as something that needs to take place in someone else. In our roles of authority, such as parent, teacher, or boss, we are particularly quick to direct others to change. Such directives often fail, and we respond to the resistance by increasing our efforts. The power struggle that follows seldom results in change or brings about excellence. One of the most important insights about the need to bring about deep change in others has to do with where deep change actually starts."
— Robert E. Quinn


"The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic."
— Peter Drucker


"Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof."
— John Kenneth Galbraith


"In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy."
— J. Paul Getty


"If you want to make enemies, try to change something."
— Woodrow Wilson


"Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him."
— Dwight D. Eisenhower


"The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise -- with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country."
— Abraham Lincoln
December 1, 1862 in Message to Congress


"The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it."
— Marcus Aurelius Antoninus


"Reason leads to conclusion. Emotion leads to action."
— William Magee, Operation Smile


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