Quotes

“The wisdom of any decision is proportional to the range and depth of context that informs it.” – Max Boisot

“The future is process, not a destination.” — Bruce Sterling

“All models are wrong, some are useful.” – George Box

“We need to be aware of when a change is beginning, and “learn for the future, as it emerges.” – Otto Scharmer

“Meaning exist in the interaction between things, not in the things themselves.” – Alicia Juarrero

“When ontologies change, so too does epistemology.” – Dave Snowden

“The future belongs to those who revisit their decisions early and often.”  – Carmen Medina

“In essence, a new form of chess intelligence was emerging. You could rank the teams like this: (1) a chess grand master was good; (2) a chess grand master playing with a laptop was better. But even that laptop-equipped grand master could be beaten by (3) relative newbies, if the amateurs were extremely skilled at integrating machine assistance. “Human strategic guidance combined with the tactical acuity of a computer,” Kasparov concluded, “was overwhelming.'”  – Clive Thompson

“The presence and production of mismatches are what sustain and nourish the enterprise of science, engineering, and technology, hence keep it alive and ongoing -otherwise there would be no basis for it to continue.”  – John Boyd

“Smart strategists enable companies to modify their strategies as their environment and context change.  They avoid the mind-set of “We set strategy and then implement like hell.”  Their mind-set is: “We implement like hell and never stop challenging our strategy.”  – Ken Favaro

“A time-compressed company does the same thing as a pilot in an OODA loop… It’s the competitor who acts on information faster who is in the best position to win.”  – George Stalk, Jr.

“Reflection must be institutionalized as a business process.”  – Michael Hammer

“You don’t wait for the future.  You create it.”  – Hwang Chang Gyu

‘”Information and Intelligence” is the “Fire and Maneuver” of the 21st Century.”  – Major General Michael Flynn

“{W}ithout the intuitive interplay of analyses and synthesis, we have no basic process for generating novelty, no basic process for addressing mismatches between our mental images/impressions and the reality they are supposed to represent, and no basic process for reshaping our orientation toward that reality as it undergoes change.”  – John Boyd

“If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.”  – Jack Welch

“Journalists cannot grasp that what is interesting is not necessarily important; most cannot even grasp that what is sensational is not necessarily interesting.”   – Nassim Taleb

“The fact that industry structures and outcomes appear to distributed around “natural” values opens up an intriguing new field of research into strategic implications.  Notably, the extreme outcomes that characterize power curves suggest that strategic thrusts rather than incremental strategies are required to improve a company’s position significantly”  – Michele Zanini

“Organizations need to learn to distinguish between the kinds of problems that can be handled with traditional perspectives, where precise prediction and solution is possible, and the kinds of problems associated with unavoidable complexity.”  – Mark Buchanan

“I trust those who are greedy for money a thousand times more than those who are greedy for credentials.” – Nassim Taleb

“Without a theory the facts are silent.”  – F.A. Hayek

“Creativity is the foundation of wealth. All progress comes from the creative minority. Under capitalism, wealth is less a stock of goods than a flow of ideas, the defining characteristic of which is surprise. If it were not surprising, we could plan it, and socialism would work.”  – George Gilder

“Tolstoy famously opens “Anna Karenina” by observing: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Business is the opposite. All happy companies are different: Each one earns a monopoly by solving a unique problem. All failed companies are the same: They failed to escape competition.”  – Peter Thiel

“Studying history helps you predict the future by teaching you which things are old enough to be permanent.”  -Paul Graham

“Success depends on learning and adapting more rapidly than rivals in the ecosystem.”  – Brigadier General Huba Wass de Czege, (US Army, Ret.)

“It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.”  -Charlie Munger

“In the age of strategy, advantage flowed from owning resources. In the age of wisdom, it flows from seeding and connecting them.”  -Umair Haque

“History will be written by the bots.”  -John Robb

“The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage.”  – Arie du Geus

“Getting offended is a great way to avoid answering questions that make you sound dumb.” – Tucker Max

“If you say you believe authority seeks anything other than its own continuance, you’re lying or stupid or eight years old.”  -Erin Tyler

“The greatest enemy of signal is not noise but bullshit.” – Venkatesh Rao

“I learned at JSOC that any complex task is best approached by flattening hierarchies.” – Stanley McChrystal

“Regardless of where companies observe weak signals, the authority to act on them should reside as close to the front lines as possible.” – Estelle Métayer

“To be somebody or to do something. In life there is often a roll call. That’s when you will have to make a decision. To be or to do? Which way will you go?” – John Boyd

 

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