W. Edward Deming wrote, “Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.”
Peter Drucker noted that, “A man should never be appointed to a managerial position if his vision focuses on
people’s weaknesses rather than on their strengths. The man who always knows what people cannot do, but
never sees what they can do, will undermine the spirit of the organization.”
Peter Senge proposed that, “When people in organizations focus only on their position, they have little sense of
responsibility for the results produced when all positions interact.”
As a manager of organizations, we are challenged to consider new situations and new complexities both
internal and external to our organizations. One source of inspiration is in looking back at some of the leading
thinkers in management who have said things that may have seemed strange and/or confusing.
Please take one of these quotes and respond to it in order to evidence that you have personalized the ideas
about organizations and management presented by one of these seminal thinkers in the field. Show that you
can relate how these ideas can be applied in your organizational context and in your operating environment.
Finally, conclude your post with a question that you may have concerning the larger issues that your chosen
quotes touches on.
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