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In virtually every organization, regardless of mission and function,
by Margaret J. Wheatley

In virtually every organization, regardless of mission and function,
people are frustrated by problems that seem unsolvable.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

We know from science that nothing in the universe exists
as an isolated or independent entity.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Circles create soothing space, where even reticent
people can realize that their voice is welcome.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Without aggression, it becomes possible to think well,
to be curious about differences, and to enjoy each other's company.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

 

Most people associate command and control leadership with the military.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

I believe that our very survival depends upon us becoming better systems thinkers.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Organisations are now confronted with two sources of change:
the traditional type that is initiated and managed;
and external changes over which no one has control.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

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Aggression is the most common behavior used by many organizations,
a nearly invisible medium that influences all decisions and actions.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Determination, energy, and courage appear spontaneously
when we care deeply about something.
We take risks that are unimaginable in any other context.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Without reflection, we go blindly on our way,
creating more unintended consequences,
and failing to achieve anything useful.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Listening moves us closer, it helps us become more whole,
more healthy, more holy.
Not listening creates fragmentation,
and fragmentation is the root of all suffering.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Destroying is a necessary function in life.
Everything has its season, and all things eventually
lose their effectiveness and die.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Everyone in a complex system has a slightly different interpretation.
The more interpretations we gather, the easier it becomes
to gain a sense of the whole.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

We have created trouble for ourselves in organizations
by confusing control with order.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

These days, our senses are bombarded with aggression.
We are constantly confronted with global images of unending,
escalating war and violence.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

For us, someone who is willing to step forward and
help is much more courageous than someone who is merely fulfilling the role.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

When leaders take back power, when they act as heroes and saviors,
they end up exhausted, overwhelmed, and deeply stressed.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Too many problem-solving sessions become battlegrounds
where decisions are made based on power rather than intelligence.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Aggression only moves in one direction -
it creates more aggression.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

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.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

I've wanted to see beyond the Western,
mechanical view of the world and see what else might
appear when the lens was changed.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

In this present culture, we need to find the means
to work and live together with less aggression if we
are to resolve the serious problems that afflict and impede us.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Successful organizations, including the Military,
have learned that the higher the risk,
the more necessary it is to engage everyone's commitment and intelligence.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Whatever life we have experienced, if we can tell our
story to someone who listens,
we find it easier to deal with our circumstances.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

And time for reflection with colleagues is for me a lifesaver;
it is not just a nice thing to do if you have the time.
It is the only way you can survive.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

I think a major act of leadership right now,
call it a radical act, is to create the places and
processes so people can actually learn together,
using our experiences.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Hopelessness has surprised me with patience.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

For eons, humans have struggled to find less destructive ways of living together.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Probably the most visible example of unintended consequences,
is what happens every time humans try to change the
natural ecology of a place.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

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.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

I believe that the capacity that any organisation needs
is for leadership to appear anywhere it is needed,
when it is needed.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

For me, this is a familiar image - people in the organization
ready and willing to do good work,
wanting to contribute their ideas, ready to take responsibility,
and leaders holding them back, insisting that they
wait for decisions or instructions.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

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.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

In these troubled, uncertain times, we don't need more command and control;
we need better means to engage everyone's intelligence
in solving challenges and crises as they arise.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

We do as much harm holding onto programs and people
past their natural life span as we do when we employ
massive organizational air strikes.
However, destroying comes at the end of life's cycle,
not as a first response.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Listening is such a simple act.
It requires us to be present, and that takes practice,
but we don't have to do anything else.
We don't have to advise, or coach, or sound wise.
We just have to be willing to sit there and listen.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

In the past, it was easier to believe in my own effectiveness.
If I worked hard, with good colleagues and good ideas,
we could make a difference.
But now, I sincerely doubt that.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

I'm sad to report that in the past few years,
ever since uncertainty became our insistent 21st century companion,
leadership has taken a great leap backwards to the
familiar territory of command and control.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Thinking is the place where intelligent actions begin.
We pause long enough to look more carefully at a situation,
to see more of its character, to think about why it's happening,
to notice how it's affecting us and others.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

I think it is quite dangerous for an organisation to
think they can predict where they are going to need leadership.
It needs to be something that people are willing to
assume if it feels relevant,
given the context of any situation.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Aggression is inherently destructive of relationships.
People and ideologies are pitted against each other,
believing that in order to survive, they must destroy the opposition.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

For example, I was discussing the use of email and
how impersonal it can be,
how people will now email someone across the room rather
than go and talk to them.
But I don't think this is laziness, I think it is a
conscious decision people are making to save time.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Yet we act as if simple cause and effect is at work.
We push to find the one simple reason things have gone wrong.
We look for the one action, or the one person,
that created this mess.
As soon as we find someone to blame,
we act as if we've solved the problem.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

There are many benefits to this process of listening.
The first is that good listeners are created as people feel listened to.
Listening is a reciprocal process - we become more
attentive to others if they have attended to us.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

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!
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Our willingness to acknowledge that we only see half
the picture creates the conditions that make us more attractive to others.
The more sincerely we acknowledge our need for their
different insights and perspectives,
the more they will be magnetized to join us.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

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.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

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.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you
to reach the heights of your capabilities
or make the money that you want
without becoming very good at it.
- Brian Tracy

Choice impacts virtually every element of our life.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

In all things and in all ways,
choice impacts virtually every element of our life.
It bears repeating that even those things
which seem out of reach of our choice
are governed by how we choose to perceive them.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Thoughtful people seldom share exactly the same opinion -
the same point-of-view.
The wise ones understand that they know nothing -
for virtually none of our experience is truly factual -
and they graciously honor all other opinions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential
and Congressional campaigns,
the U.S.
government is virtually up for sale.
- John W. Gardner

Computers have virtually replaced tape recorders.
- Tony Visconti

Good-looking individuals are treated better than homely
ones in virtually every social situation,
from dating to trial by jury.
- Martha Beck

I admit that Post-it note sheets that adhere to virtually
any surface are now my substitute of choice for retention.
- Candice Bergen

It really is a day job, and it also seems to have virtually
disappeared-with no remorse,
really.
It gives me more time to paint.
- Martin Mull

He was definitely known as the foremost man killer in the West;
however there's controversy about virtually every killing
that he was known to have been involved in.
- Keith Carradine

I never wanted to separate from either wife.
It was accumulated stress.
We had virtually no time to ourselves.
After politics we were both working very hard to establish new careers.
- John Hewson

The late 20th century sea level rise rate lacks any sign of acceleration.
Satellite altimetry indicates virtually no changes in the last decade.
- Nils-Axel Morner

Our Soviet espionage efforts had virtually never,
or had very seldom, produced any worthwhile political
or economic intelligence on the Soviet Union.
- Aldrich Ames

Human nature doesn't include all human beings.
There are human beings who are indifferent to politics,
religion, virtually anything.
- Conor Cruise O'Brien

Liar is a strong word, but we are all liars.
Not in the sense of intentionally speaking untruths,
but in the sense of carrying so much historical
and emotional baggage that none of us is believable.
To lie means to speak an untruth,
and virtually everything that comes out of our mouth
is an untruth - an opinion, an assumption,
a point-of-view based on our past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The death tax punishes the American dream -
making it virtually impossible for the average American
family to build wealth across generations.
- Kit Bond

It's obvious, but perhaps worth saying,
that happiness has virtually nothing to do with the state of your intellect.
- Daniel Keys Moran

First off, the crude oil market, unlike every other commodity in America,
is virtually unregulated.
- Peter DeFazio

Downloading is definitely on the rise,
but not because it's free - that's probably third on the list -
but because it's immediate and the selection is virtually unlimited.
- Don Rose

Jewish and Palestinian nationalism are virtually contemporaneous,
and grew out of the disruptions that created new national
movements from the ruins of the old empires / i. - Jack Schwartz

We have had virtually unlimited access to abortion for nearly twenty years.
Yet during that same period, more and more women and
children have slipped into poverty.
- Robert Casey

Plot and character are virtually the same thing.
- Daniel Keys Moran

I was sympathetic to virtually all groups that wanted
to get away from the old system.
- Clarence Thomas


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