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  • "Targets make organisations stupid. Because they are a simplistic response to a complex issue, they have unintended and unwelcome consequences … so every target generates others to counter the perverse effects of the first one."
    Simon Caulkin, British business journalist
    Source: Observer (London) (March 22, 2009)
  • "We build four of them a year—it's my job to sell four a year."
    Robert Clifford (1943–), Australian business executive
    Referring to the production of luxury yachts.
    Source: Australian Financial Review (September 2000)
  • "People are ambitious and unrealistic. They set targets for themselves that are higher than what you would set for them. And because they set them, they hit them."
    Liisa Joronen (1944–), Finnish CEO of SOL
    Source: Fast Company (1997)
  • "Our view was, if we could measure it, we could manage it."
    Dan England (1948–), US chairman of C. R. England, Inc.
    Source: “The Mavericks,” Fortune (June 1995)
  • "It is much more difficult to measure nonperformance than performance."
    Harold S. Geneen (19101997), US telecommunications entrepreneur and CEO of ITT
    Referring to why managers sometimes accept underachievement.
    Source: Managing (cowritten with Alvin Moscow, 1984)
  • "A minor invention every ten days and a big thing every six months."
    Thomas Edison (18471931), US inventor
    Source: Press conference (1876)
  • "Think nothing done while aught remains to do."
    Samuel Rogers (17631855), British poet
    Source: Human Life (1819)

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