And that reminds me of the arch enemy of Maxwell Smart in the old TV show "Get Smart " -- it was chaos. All of our lives we've been told that chaos is the enemy. Make it your friend, like Northwest Airlines did, and you just might be surprised at how much more your organization will accomplish.
"Anyone who says businessmen deal in facts, not fiction, has never read old five-year projections." -- Malcolm Forbes
From "Leadership and the New Science" by Margaret Wheatley (Berrett Koehler, 1999):
"This is a strange world, and it promises only to get stranger. Niels Bohr, who engaged with Heisenberg in those long, nighttime conversations that ended in despair, once said that great ideas, when they appear, seem muddled and strange. They are only half understood by their discoverer and remain a mystery to everyone else. But if an idea does not appear bizarre, he counseled, there is no hope for it. So we must live with the strange and the bizarre, directed to unseen lands by faint glimmers of hope. Every moment of this journey requires that we be comfortable with uncertainty and appreciative of chaos' role. Every moment requires that we stay together. After all is said and done, we have the gift of each other. And we have life, whose great ordering powers, if we choose to work with them, will make us even more curious, wise and courageous."
Here are the results from a recent Working Wounded Blog/ABCNews.com online ballot:
Do you think executives are too greedy today?
There is no such thing as too greedy in business, 0 percent
They have the right amount of greed to run a business, 6.8 percent
Today's executives too greedy and out of control, 93 percent
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