Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Pregnant Quotes

"There are five kinds of companies: those that make things happen; those who think they make things happen; those who watch things happen; those who wonder what happened; and those that did not know that anything had happened." - Anonymous

"Marketing is so basic that it cannot be considered a separate function. It is the whole business seen from the point of view of its final result, that is, from the customer's point of view.... Business success is not determined by the producer but by the customer." - Peter Drucker

"You cannot bore someone into buying your product". -David Ogilvy

"Create the possible service; don't just create what the market needs or wants. Create what it would love." - Harry Beckwith

"Systems thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes. It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static “snapshots.” It is a set of general principles — distilled over the course of the twentieth century, spanning fields as diverse as the physical and social sciences, engineering, and management.... During the last thirty years, these tools have been applied to understand a wide range of corporate, urban, regional, economic, political, ecological, and even psychological systems. And systems thinking is a sensibility — for the subtle interconnectedness that gives living systems their unique character." - Peter Senge

If I face a human being as my Thou, and say the primary word I-Thou to him, he is not a thing among things, and does not consist of things. Thus human being is not He or-she, bounded from every other He and She, a specific point in space and time within the net of the world; nor is he a nature able to be experienced and described, a loose bundle of named qualities. But with no neighbour, and whole in himself, he is Thou and fills the heavens. This does not mean that nothing exists except himself. But all else lives in his light. Just as the melody is not made up of notes nor the verse of words nor the statue of lines, but they must be tugged and dragged till their unity has been scattered into many pieces, so with the man to whom I say Thou. I can take out from him the colour of his hair, or of his speech, or of his goodness. I must continually do this. But each time I do it he ceases to be Thou. - Martin Buber

The best way to predict the future is to create it. - Alan Kay (Father of the Personal Computer)

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