"Even though worker capacity and motivation are destroyed when leaders choose power over productivity, it appears that bosses would rather be in control than have the organization work well."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Margaret J. Wheatley on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Margaret J. Wheatley on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Margaret J. Wheatley on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Margaret J. Wheatley on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Margaret J. Wheatley on Booker T. Washington
"In our daily life, we encounter people who are angry, deceitful, intent only on satisfying their own needs. There is so much anger, distrust, greed, and pettiness that we are losing our capacity to work well together."
"When we can lay down our fear and anger and choose responses other than aggression, we create the conditions for bringing out the best in us humans."
"I think we have to notice that the business processes we use right now for thinking and planning and budgeting and strategy are all delivered on very tight agendas."
"The nature of the global business environment guarantees that no matter how hard we work to create a stable and healthy organisation, our organisation will continue to experience dramatic changes far beyond our control."
"Probably the most visible example of unintended consequences, is what happens every time humans try to change the natural ecology of a place."