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Modern Organization Must Be a Destabilizer

Only a society in dynamic disequilibrium has stability and cohesion.

Society, community, and family are all conserving institution conserving institutions. They try to maintain stability and to prevent, or at least to slow, change. And yet we also know that theories, values, and all the artifacts of human minds do age and rigidify, becoming obsolete, becoming affliction.

Yet “revolutions” every generation, as was recommended by Thomas Jefferson, are no the solution. We know that “revolution” is not achievement and the new dawn. It results form senile decay, from the bankruptcy of ideas and institutions, from a failure of self-renewal. The only way in which an institution – whether a government, a university, a business, a labor union, an army – can maintain continuity is by building systematic, organized innovation into its very structure. Institutions, systems, policies, eventually outlive themselves, as do products, processes, and services. They do it when they accomplish their objectives, and they do it when they fail to accomplish their objectives. Innovation and entrepreneurship are thus needed in society as much as in the economy, in public service institutions as much as in business. The modern organization must be a destablizer; it must be organized for innovation.

ACTION POINT: When is the last time you created or helped create a new product or service? Were you just copying a competitor, or did you actually hatch a fresh idea? Try again.

Human Factor in Management

Management is about human beings.

The task of management is to make people capable of joint performance, to make their strengths effective and their weaknesses irrelevant. This is what organization is all about, and it is the reason that management is the critical, determining factor.

Management must be built on communications and on individual responsibility. All members need to think through what they aim to accomplish – and make sure their associates know understand that aim. All have to think through what they owe to others – and make sure that others understand. All have to think through what they, in turn, need from others – and make sure other know what is expected of them.

Management must enable the enterprise and each of its members to grow and to develop as needs and opportunities change.

ACTION POINT: Are you a great actor in a terrible play? What are you going to do about it?

Confederation is a compact, made originally by four provinces but adhered to by all the nine provinces who have entered it, and I submit to the judgment of this house and to the best consideration of its members, that this compact should not be lightly altered.

Wilfrid Laurier

One my favorite things is to go to the provinces of Russia and see the 18th century wood churches with the onion dome architecture. These humble wonders of incredible imagination of architects that were obviously not living in places like Paris or London, but they’ve created these amazing churches.

Andre Leon Talley

Canada will be a strong country when Canadians of all provinces feel at home in all parts of the country, and when they feel that all Canada belongs to them.

Pierre Trudeau

I became a soldier, not because I had a military vocation initially, but because it was the only way that that young, poor-class child from the provinces could go to the center of the country: through baseball, which was my dream.

Hugo Chavez

On behalf of the federal government, I wish now publicly to appeal to the provinces to lend their co-operation in furthering our country’s war effort by effecting at as early a date as may be possible this much needed restriction.

William Lyon Mackenzie King

The civil war which has so long prevailed between Spain and the Provinces in South America still continues, without any prospect of its speedy termination.

James Monroe


Many countries – as well as cities, states and provinces – are taking global warming seriously and are working to reduce emissions and shift to cleaner energy sources.

David Suzuki

The Yankees won the pennant, we went on to the World Series, 41 years after that in the city of Toronto. The great city of Toronto, and all the provinces in Canada, everybody reached out and they were excited because we won the first World Series ever, across the border.

Dave Winfield

I suppose I have the tastes of someone who teaches at a university in the provinces.

Andrew Davies

In the animal world, on the other hand, the process of evolution is characterised by the progressive discrimination of the animal and vegetative functions, and a consequent differentiation of these two great provinces into their separate departments.

Wilhelm Wundt

We are distressed by the unilateral actions of those provinces that are clearly determined to redefine what our common faith was once.

Peter Akinola

Initially, before the modern state of Iraq was created, there were three separate provinces here: a Shiite in the south, a largely Sunni one in the middle, and a Kurdish one in the north.

Richard Engel

It is said that many children who live in the central provinces, away from the ocean, have a great longing to see it. I who had never been away from the monotonous country surrounding us looked forward eagerly to seeing the mountains.

Pierre Loti

The house of Austria has publicly used every effort to deprive the country of its legitimate Independence and Constitution, designing to reduce it to a level with the other provinces long since deprived of all freedom, and to unite all in a common sink of slavery.

Lajos Kossuth

The people were simpler, more peaceable and friendly in their manners and dispositions; and assassinations, which give the southern provinces so ill a reputation, were almost unknown.

Henry Walter Bates

Booming cities, and the provinces and states in which they are located, are driving forces in economic growth today. Consequently, they constitute the new frontier in America’s international economic policy.

Robert Hormats

Help me by whatever you are pleased to do in your provinces.

Muqtada al Sadr

The march of conquest through wild provinces, may be the march of Mind; but not the march of Love.

Herman Melville

Turkey wants to see Bashar al-Assad go and wants to kind of expand its sphere of influence into Turkey so its Ottoman glory or Ottoman past are once again project into the Syrian provinces. That’s kind of what Turkey’s vision is.

Richard Engel

Camiguin, Romblon and Camarines Norte got out of the list of poorest provinces in 2003. With tourism, these provinces can become rich.

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

Everything that I have is natural – braid, nails – I practically never use cosmetics. They often ask me in the provinces about my braid.

Yulia Tymoshenko

According to them, the poet is confined to the provinces with his mouth broken on his own syllabic trapeze.

Salvatore Quasimodo

Often, before returning home, I would take a long and roundabout way and pass by the peaceful ramparts from where I had glimpses of other provinces, and a sight of the distant country.

Pierre Loti

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