Strategy Quote of the Day

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.”

– Mark Twain 

All Strategy Quotes

“Pursue something so important that even if you fail, the world is better off for you having tried.”

– Tim O’Reilly

“Why should we not calmly and patiently review our own thoughts, and thoroughly examine and see what these appearances in us really are?”

– Plato

“The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.”

– Edwin Schlossberg

“The design of a system determines its outcomes.”

– Tim O’Reilly

“The coordination is all in the design of the system itself.”

– Tim O’Reilly

“We are increasingly facing what planners call “wicked problems”—problems that are ‘difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize.'”

– Tim O’Reilly

“A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. The inverse proposition also appears to be true. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be made to work. You have to start over beginning with a working simple system.”

– John Gall

“When attractive profits disappear at one stage in the value chain because a product becomes modular and commoditized, the opportunity to earn attractive profits with proprietary products will usually emerge at an adjacent stage.”

– Clayton Christensen

“There is only one valid definition of business purpose: to create a customer. . . . It is the customer who determines what a business is. It is the customer alone whose willingness to pay for a good or for a service converts economic resources into wealth, things into goods. . . . The customer is the foundation of a business and keeps it in existence.”

– Peter F. Drucker

“Successful innovators don’t ask customers and clients to do something different; they ask them to become someone different. . . . Successful innovators ask users to embrace—or at least tolerate—new values, new skills, new behaviors, new vocabulary, new ideas, new expectations, and new aspirations. They transform their customers.”

– Michael Schrage

“What is new, however, is always evil, being that which wants to conquer and overthrow the old boundary markers and the old pieties; and only what is old is good. The good men are in all ages those who dig the old thoughts, digging deep and getting them to bear fruit – the farmers of the spirit. But eventually all land is depleted, and the plowshare of evil must come again and again.”

– Nietzsche

“What counts in the things said by men is not so much what they may have thought or the extent to which these things represent their thoughts, as that which systematizes them from the outset, thus making them thereafter endlessly accessible to new discourses and open to the task of transforming them.”

– Micheal Foucault

“The only way to comprehend what mathematicians mean by Infinity is to contemplate the extent of human stupidity.”

– Voltaire

“Three things tell a man: his eyes, his friends and his favorite quotes.”

– Immanuel Kant

“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

“The mind did not evolve in the context of individuals sitting alone solving problems. It evolved in the context of group collaboration, and our thinking evolved interdependently, to operate in conjunction with the thinking of others. Much like a beehive, when each individual is master of a domain, the group intelligence that emerges is more than the sum of its parts.”

– Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach

“There are horrible people who, instead of solving a problem, tangle it up and make it harder to solve for anyone who wants to deal with it. Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

“In order to survive, the organization must have an objective that appeals to its customers, so that they will make the contributions necessary to sustain it. Hence, organization objectives are constantly adapted to conform to the changing values of customers, or to secure new groups of customers in place of customers who have dropped away. The organization may also undertake special activities to induce acceptance of its objectives by customers – advertising, missionary work, and propaganda of all sorts.”

– Herbert Simon

“A truly winning company is one that manages itself around a few differentiating capabilities—and deliberately integrates them. When companies accomplish this, we say they are coherent…The word coherence means something specific to us. It refers to the alignment among three strategic elements: (1) A value proposition that distinguishes a company from other companies (we sometimes call this a “way to play” in the market); (2) A system of distinctive capabilities that reinforce each other and enable the company to deliver on this value proposition and (3) A chosen portfolio of products and services that all make use of those capabilities.”

– Paul Leinwand, Cesare Mainardi & Art Kleiner