profit centre of the future will be run by a person and a manager. The purpose
of the manager will be to keep the organization off the back of the person
Michael Gering, Management Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org
writing in Financial Management July/August 2003
is a process of perpetual creative destruction."
Joseph Schumpeter, Austrian economist
"Create and establish your own goals and your own road map for your own
" ... see your organisation as a temporary partner in your life but not the
means and the end of it. Your company (employer) is a momentary co-creator with
you of developments, growth, learning, fulfilment, meaning and wealth - not the
source or benefactor of those crucial things. This mind-set, funnily enough, will reciprocate your organisation's real
thoughts about you ..."
syndrome of employment as (a) ghost-marriage is a great danger to one's personal
V--d--. For better or worse, for richer or poorer, staff stay on and on, not
daring to imagine, let alone attempt, the single life again. This slow
paralysing of thought, innovation and empowerment wreaks havoc in time on any
healthy organisational system - and on the personal system."
Carayol & David Firth, Corporate V--D--
should never be afraid to try something new or something different because it
may not work. The worst thing you can do is to avoid change
because of the risk involved. Accept that things may go wrong, and learn from
your mistakes. That’s the only way things will ever get better."
Sir John Shaw, Governor (CEO) of the Bank of Scotland, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
magazine, May 2001.
"What is now proved was once only imagined."
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
"There can be no vision
of the future, but there can and must be a
vision for the future: a new barbarian vision. A future that isn't there
yet can't be discovered. It is created by men and women of vision, who are faced
with the simple choice: to create their own future, or fall into somebody
else's; to take control of their destiny, or be at the mercy of another's
The New Barbarian Manifesto - How to survive the Information Age - Ian Angell
"Work is like a stick. It has two ends. When you
work for the knowing you give them quality; when you work for a fool you give
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
- Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn – 1963.
want more creative ability and speed, and they know the forces of competition go
only to the creative and fastest moving. It is absolutely impossible to win in
business by doing the same as everyone else. It's even impossible to win by
doing the same as everyone else even if it is a bit faster and a bit better.
Only those who bring something new to the party will survive."
Sir John Harvey Jones - Author, Consultant, and former Chairman of
ICI - FINANCIAL WORLD - June 2001.
are being forced to reinvent their management cultures ..."
this emerging future business world, old textbook categories that separate the
economics of large and small firms, different economic sectors and the
importance of geographical location no longer apply. The core assets of
companies cease to be their technologies and other tangible assets. Instead, the
core competitive advantage of businesses is now intellectual capital; in
other words, brain power."
Scase - Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the University of Kent
(Canterbury, UK), a business futurist and a key advisor to the UK government on
business issues - The Future for