Lou Gerstner: “I came to see, in my time at IBM, that culture isn’t just one aspect of the game–it is the game. In the end, an organization is nothing more than the collective capacity of its people to create value. Vision, strategy, marketing, financial management–any management system, in fact–can set you on the right path and carry you for a while. But no enterprise–whether in business, government, education, health care, or any area of human endeavor–will succeed over the long haul if those [cultural] elements aren’t part of its… Read more How To Create A Culture of Innovation →
“Most of the deaths on Everest occur on the descent—after a climber reaches the top. The reason so many accidents happen on the descent is because people use everything they have—all of their energy reserves—to get to the top, and then they have nothing left in them to get themselves back down the mountain. … The goal is getting back down—finishing well. Many leaders struggle with finishing well.” Read: Finishing Well.