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Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

Hopelessness has surprised me with patience.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Most people associate command and control leadership with the military.
- 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 believe that the capacity that any organisation needs
is for leadership to appear anywhere it is needed,
when it is needed.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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