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The ability to get ahead in an organization is simply another talent,
by Robert Shea

The ability to get ahead in an organization is simply another talent,
like the ability to play chess, paint pictures,
do coronary bypass operations or pick pockets.
- Robert Shea

The Gnostics were rapidly driven out of business by
the hierarchical orthodox Christians.
- Robert Shea

It is instructive, for instance, to trace the computer
industry's decline in vision,
idealism, creativity, romance and sheer fun as it becomes
more and more important and prosperous.
- Robert Shea

Individuals, too, who cultivate a variety of skills seem brighter,
more energetic and more adaptable than those who know
how to do one thing only.
- Robert Shea

 

One simple way to keep organizations from becoming
cancerous might be to rotate all jobs on a regular,
frequent and mandatory basis, including the leadership positions.
- Robert Shea

A permanent division of labor inevitably creates occupational
and class inequality and conflict.
- Robert Shea

Ultimately we may still ask, why can't humans design a perfect society?
- Robert Shea

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Anyone who seeks power wants absolute power.
- Robert Shea

Indeed, if our ancestors of millions of years ago hadn't
learned how to care for one another and hunt in packs,
they'd all have ended up being eaten by leopards.
- Robert Shea

The key element in tragedy is that heroes and heroines
are destroyed by that which appears to be their greatest strength.
- Robert Shea

But instead I usually say that, though it may surprise them,
I too believe in the necessity of organization.
- Robert Shea

As such people achieve influence within the organization,
whenever there is a conflict between their own interest
and the interest of the organization,
their interests will win out.
- Robert Shea

But the more an organization succeeds and prospers,
the more it is likely to be diverted from its original ideals,
principles and purposes.
- Robert Shea

Military organization, like religious organization,
can be seen as a paradigm of organization in general.
- Robert Shea

Because the better an organization is at fulfilling its purpose,
the more it attracts people who see the organization
as an opportunity to advance themselves.
- Robert Shea

Every combination of two or more human beings has both
a useful aspect and a political aspect.
- Robert Shea

Organized religion provides a model of the way all organizations,
from the state down to the village garden club,
end a price in terms of a member's freedom of thought and action.
- Robert Shea

You are attached to what you attack.
- Robert Shea

It often happens that when a person possesses a particular
ability to an extraordinary degree,
nature makes up for it by leaving him or her incompetent
in every other department.
- Robert Shea

Even while we busily attend meetings,
contribute money and perform our assigned tasks,
we suspect that we may be helping to create a force
that is inimical to many values we hold dear.
- Robert Shea

To reject even one major tenet of the religion or to
violate one major rule of behavior is enough to get one kicked out -
or worse.
- Robert Shea

Of all human inventions the organization,
a machine constructed of people performing interdependent functions,
is the most powerful.
- Robert Shea

That the more authoritarian organizations survive and
prevail goes generally unnoticed because people focus
on the objectives of organizations,
which are many and varied, rather than on their structures,
which lend to be similar.
- Robert Shea

Just as predatory animals follow a similar general
design and behave in similar ways,
so organizations, especially those in competition with one another,
must follow certain design principles if they are to succeed and prevail.
- Robert Shea

This whole phenomenon of the diversion of organizations
from their purposes and ideals does not seem very serious
when the scum rise to the top in the bridge club or
the offices of a small magazine publisher.
- Robert Shea

Indeed, one of the most successful and influential
religious organizations in history,
the Society of Jesus, was consciously modeled along
military lines by its founder,
Ignatius Loyola.
- Robert Shea

Only love has the ability to put you in that state of bliss
- don Miguel Ruiz

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
- Henry David Thoreau

With realization of one's own potential and
self-confidence in one's ability,
one can build a better world.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

If there is any one secret of success,
it lies in the ability to get
the other person's point of view
and see things from that person's angle
as well as from your own.
- Henry Ford

Believe in yourself,
in your vision for your future
and in your ability to take a small step
each day toward achieving your vision.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ability without honor is useless.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
- Stephen Hawking

Maturity is the ability to do a job
whether or not you are supervised,
to carry money without spending it,
and to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.
- Ann Landers

Our only security is our ability to change.
- John Lilly

You will always have habits -
things you do regularly and without conscious thought -
but you do have the ability to CHOOSE your habits.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision.
The ability to direct individual accomplishments
toward organizational objectives.
It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
- Andrew Carnegie

You are to have implicit confidence in your own ability,
knowing that it is the nature of thought
to externalize itself in your health and affairs,
knowing that you are the thinker.
- Ernest Holmes

Attention is the ability we have to discriminate
and to focus only on that which we want to perceive.
- don Miguel Ruiz

All endeavor calls for the ability
to tramp the last mile,
shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil.
The fight to the finish spirit is the one...
characteristic we must posses
if we are to face the future as finishers.
- Henry David Thoreau

The ability to be in the present moment
is a major component of mental wellness.
- Abraham Maslow

The greatest weapon against stress
is our ability to choose one thought over another.
- William James

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
- Abraham Lincoln

Each of us is of infinite value,
and each of us has the ability to make
a profound difference in the lives we touch.
We leave our most profoundly positive impact
on those around us by the nature of our lives
and the example we set -
not by how busy we are,
or how important we believe we are.
Setting an example of being loving, relaxed and joyful,
regardless of external circumstances,
is a great legacy for our family and for the world.
Self importance - ego - is not a path to happiness.
Focusing one's whole life on responsibilities,
without taking time for self-renewal and play,
abandons the joy and the true value of life.
I want my tombstone to read, "Inspired others,"
rather than, "Never missed a day at the office."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I offer my body, my mind
and any ability that I posses,
to be used by Thee, O Infinite Creator,
in whatever way Thou dost choose
to express Thyself through me.
I know that all work is Thy work,
and that no task is too difficult
or too menial when offered
to Thee in loving service.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Everybody is a genius.
But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
- Albert Einstein

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability
to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time
and still retain the ability to function.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal.
Soon we'll need a new definition.
- Alvin Toffler

Success is that old ABC - ability, breaks,
and courage.
- Charles Luckman

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize
a problem before it becomes an emergency.
- Arnold H. Glasow

Courage is not the lack of fear but the ability to face it.
- John B. Putnam Jr.

Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability
to investigate systematically and truly all that comes
under thy observation in life.
- Marcus Aurelius

Trust your ability!
- Itzhak Perlman

Love's greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred.
- Barbara de Angelis

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability
to learn from the experience of others,
are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
- Douglas Adams

Tactics, fitness, stroke ability, adaptability,
experience, and sportsmanship are all necessary for winning.
- Fred Perry

If money is your hope for independence,
you will never have it.
The only real security that
a man can have in this world
is a reserve of knowledge,
experience and ability.
- Henry Ford

One of the true tests of leadership is the ability
to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.
- Arnold H. Glasow

Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty, never grows old.
- Franz Kafka

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability
of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
- Henry David Thoreau

God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities,
great potential strength and ability.
Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.
- Abdul Kalam

I didn't have the same fitness or ability as the other girls,
so I had to beat them with my mind.
- Martina Hingis

Most people consider the course of events as natural and inevitable.
They little know what radical change are possible through prayer.
Every morning I offer my body, my mind and any ability that I posses,
to be used by Thee, O infinite creator,
in whatever way Thou dost choose to express Thyself through me.
I know that all work is Thy work, and that no task is too difficult
or too menial when offered to Thee in loving service.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others,
to bring them into the process.
- Jim Hodges

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything
without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
- Robert Frost

Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead
others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.
- Thomas J. Watson

There must be such a thing as a child with average ability,
but you can't find a parent who will admit that it is his child.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

To denigrate the union movement in this way is to denigrate
the right and the ability of people who are not rich
to organize and to accomplish things together.
- Warren Beatty

I was the kind of kid that had some talents or ability,
but it never came out in school.
- Francis Ford Coppola


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