Russ Ackoff

November 12th, 2009 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

The venerable management thinker Russ Ackoff died a few days ago. Some of his valuable insights and aphorisms that will live on:

All of our problems arise out of doing the wrong things righter. The more efficient you are at doing the wrong things the wronger you become.  It is much better to do the right things wronger than the wrong things righter. If you do the right thing wrong and correct it you get better.

Organisations fail more often because of what they have not done, not because of what they have done.

The less managers expect of their subordinates, the less they get

The only problems that have simple solutions are simple problems. the only managers that have simple problems have simple minds…. Complex problems do not have simple solutions.




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