„A good deal of the corporate planning I have observed is like a ritual rain dance; it has no effect on the weather that follows, but those who engage in it think it does. Moreover, it seems to me that much of the advice and instruction related to corporate planning is directed at improving the dancing, not the weather.“
Source: 1980s, Creating the Corporate Future, 1981, p. ix in the Preface: "Creating the Corporate Future: Plan or be Planned For," Wiley, April 27, 1981
— Ryōkan Japanese Buddhist monk 1758 - 1831
Zen Poetics of Ryokan (2006)
Context: The rain has stopped, the clouds have drifted away, and the weather is clear again.
If your heart is pure, then all things in your world are pure.
Abandon this fleeting world, abandon yourself,
Then the moon and flowers will guide you along the Way.
„Recently I asked three corporate executives what decisions they had made in the last year that they would not have made were it not for their corporate plans. All had difficulty in identifying one such decision. Since each of their plans were marked 'secret' or 'confidential', I asked them how their competitors might benefit from the possession of their plans. Each answered with embarrassment that their competitors would not benefit. Yet these executives were strong advocates of corporate planning.“
— Russell L. Ackoff Scientist 1919 - 2009
Source: 1960s, A concept of corporate planning, 1969, p. 1 as cited in: Henry Mintzberg (1994) Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning. p. 98.
— Billy Connolly British comedian 1942
Billy Connolly http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/biography/story/0,6000,556340,00.html
Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)
Source: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
— Jason Fried software entrepreneur
„The thinking that underpins strategic planning is a legacy of more stable times when the environment was changing sufficiently slowly for an effective corporate response to emerge from methodical organisational routines.“
— Max Boisot British academic and educator 1943 - 2011
Source: Information Space, 1995, p. 33
— P.T. Barnum American showman and businessman 1810 - 1891
Ch. 10: "Let hope predominate but be not too visionary" http://www.fourmilab.ch/etexts/www/barnum/moneygetting/moneygetting_chap11.html
Art of Money Getting (1880)
„Corporations are going, we are told, to destroy the country. But what would this country be but for corporations? Who have developed it? Corporations. Who transact the most marvelous business the world has ever seen? Corporations.“
— Jay Gould American businessman 1836 - 1892
Interview with the New York Herald
Jay Gould : A Character Sketch (1893)
— Fred Astaire American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter 1899 - 1987
Fred Astaire on his role in Silk Stockings in Smith, Cecil. "Astaire prefers the 'Good Old Days' of the present." Los Angeles Times, July 14, 1957, sec. 5, p. 3. (M).
„My friend said to me "I think the weather's trippy." I said "No, man, it's not the weather that's trippy, perhaps it is the way that we perceive it that is indeed trippy." Then I thought "Man, I should have just said 'Yeah.'"“
— Mitch Hedberg American stand-up comedian 1968 - 2005
Strategic Grill Locations
— E. B. White American writer 1899 - 1985
Letter to Carrie A. Wilson (1 May 1951)
— Sherman Alexie Native American author and filmmaker 1966
— John Ruskin English writer and art critic 1819 - 1900
Quoted by John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury, The Use of Life, chapter IV: "Recreation" (1894).
— Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican baseball player 1934 - 1972
As quoted and paraphrased in "The Scoreboard" https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=bkEqAAAAIBAJ&sjid=000EAAAAIBAJ&pg=4731,2918286 by Les Biederman, in The Pittsburgh Press (Friday, June 10, 1955), p. 30
Baseball-related, <big><big>1950s</big></big>, <big>1955</big>
Context: "I no play so gut yet," the Puerto Rican star tried to explain yesterday. "Me like hot weather, veree hot. I no run fast cold weather. No get warm in cold. No get warm, no play gut. You see." Clemente likes Forbes Field and Connie Mack Stadium the best of all the parks he's played in but has a strong dislike for Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds because of the crazy bounces the balls take as they ricochet off the walls.