Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.
The most effective leaders of companies in transition are the quiet, unassuming people whose inner wiring is such that the worst circumstances bring out their best. They’re unflappable, they’re ready to die if they have to. But you can trust that, when bad things are happening, they will become clearheaded and focused.
Good is the enemy of great. That good is the enemy of great is not just a business problem. It is a human problem.
The purpose of bureaucracy is to compensate for incompetence and lack of discipline.
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