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Monday, September 08, 2008

How to Expect the Unexpected

If you watch kids on the Web it’s so interesting and it’s very instructive. They are used to being in an environment where all sorts of stuff is coming at them. They are able to go with the flow. They are very fluid. They don’t try to stop and categorize everything and force it into a straightjacket. I always say the 21st century is a really bad time for control freaks. Even for the best leaders and managers it’s more like surfing and balancing. You really have to embrace the complexity.
(Anne-Marie Slaughter
dean of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University)

I found this quote in an article (New Think Tank Aims to Craft Grand U.S. Security Strategy) authored by John Shaw. The article was published by The Washington Diplomat.

I remember in 1995, when I was attending in Vienna an European Conference on Integration and Manufacturing, one of the speakers put before us the following dilemma:

What should be a better approach for the management of a company in the 21st century, to chose the right directions and to use them as driving forces or to expect the unexpected?

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