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  • "The network by itself is meaningless. Only the people were ever meaningful."
    Jaron Lanier (1960–), US computer scientist and author
    Source: You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto (2010)
  • "Anonymous blog comments, vapid video pranks and lightweight mashups may seem trivial and harmless, but, as a whole, this widespread practice of fragmentary, impersonal communication has demeaned personal interaction."
    Jaron Lanier (1960–), US computer scientist and author
    On the effects of Internet use
    Source: You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto (2010)
  • "The best way to guarantee a steady stream of new ideas is to make sure that each person in your organization is as different as possible from the others. Under these conditions, and only these conditions, will people maintain varied perspectives and demonstrate their knowledge in different ways."
    Nicholas Negroponte (1943–), US academic, cofounder of the MIT Media Lab, and founder of the One Laptop Per Child organization
    Source: “Where Do New Ideas Come From,” Wired (January 4, 1996)
  • "People are now becoming the most expensive optional component of the production process and technology is becoming the cheapest."
    Michael Dunkerley, British author
    Source: The Jobless Economy (1996)
  • "If you were to hire household staff to cook, clean, drive, stoke the fire, and answer the door, can you imagine suggesting that they not talk to each other, not see what each other is doing, not coordinate their functions?"
    Nicholas Negroponte (1943–), US academic, cofounder of the MIT Media Lab, and founder of the One Laptop Per Child organization
    Referring to the pressure on work relationships in an office.
    Source: Being Digital (1995)
  • "There is practically no area of business where the difference between rhetoric and actuality is greater than in the handling of people."
    Sir John Harvey-Jones (19242008), British management adviser, author, and chairman of ICI
    Source: All Together Now (1994)
  • "Develop the business around the people; build it, don't buy it; and, then, be the best."
    Sir Richard Branson (1950–), British entrepreneur, founder and chairman of Virgin Group
    Speech to the Institute of Directors, London.
    Source: “Growing Bigger While Still Staying Small” (May 1993)
  • "The best minute I spend is the one I invest in people."
    Kenneth Blanchard (1939–), US management theorist and author
    Source: The One Minute Manager (1993)
  • "If future competitiveness depends on treating people as an important part of the institution, the least respectful thing I can imagine doing to a human being is asking him to urinate in a cup."
    Tom Peters (1942–), US management consultant and author
    Said in testimony before the California state legislature, November 28, 1993.
    Source: New York Times (1993)
  • "The more time I spend with our people, the more I find out about our business."
    Herb Kelleher (1931–), US businessman, founder of Southwest Airlines
    Source: The Nation’s Business (October 1991)
  • "Distinguish between the person and the behavior or performance."
    Stephen Covey (1932–), US writer and psychologist
    Source: Thirty Methods of Influence (1991)
  • "You can be totally rational with a machine. But, if you work with people, sometimes logic has to take a back seat to understanding."
    Akio Morita (19211999), Japanese business executive
    Source: Made in Japan (1986)
  • "Get to know your people. What they do well, what they enjoy doing, what their weaknesses and strengths are, and what they want and need to get from their job."
    Robert Townsend (19201998), US business executive and author
    Source: Further Up the Organization (1984)
  • "You cannot love an employee into creativity, although you can … avoid his dissatisfactions with the way you treat him."
    Frederick Herzberg (19232000), US psychologist
    Source: Work and the Nature of Man (1966), ch. 6
  • "No office anywhere on Earth is so puritanical, impeccable, elegant, sterile or incorruptible as not to contain the yeast for at least one affair … just let a yeast raiser into the place and first thing you know—bread!"
    Helen Gurley Brown (1922–), US writer and editor
    Source: Sex and the Office (1964)
  • "Most men are individuals no longer, so far as their business, its activities, or its moralities are concerned. They are not units but fractions."
    Woodrow Wilson (18561924), US president
    Source: Speech (August 1910)
  • "If you are planning for one year, plant rice. If you are planning for ten years, plant trees. If you are planning for 100 years, plant people."
    Indian proverb

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