"We experience problem-solving sessions as war zones, we view competing ideas as enemies, and we use problems as weapons to blame and defeat opposition forces. No wonder we can't come up with real lasting solutions!"
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Margaret J. Wheatley on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Margaret J. Wheatley on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Margaret J. Wheatley on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Margaret J. Wheatley on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Margaret J. Wheatley on Mark Twain
"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."