9+ Karl E. Weick Quotes And Sayings

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The real trick in highly reliable systems is somehow to achieve simultaneous centralization and decentralization. — Karl E. Weick

Managers construct, rearrange, single out, and demolish many 'objective' features of their surroundings. When people act they unrandomize variables, insert vestiges of orderliness, and literally create their own constraints. — Karl E. Weick

Being naive simply means that we reject received wisdom that something is a problem. We are always naive relative to some definition of the situation, and if we try to become less so, we may accept a definition that confines the definition of small wins to narrower issues than is necessary. — Karl E. Weick

Rank and expertise do not necessarily coincide. — Karl E. Weick

Simply pushing harder within the old boundaries will not do. — Karl E. Weick

Specifically, I would suggest that the effective organization is garrulous, clumsy, superstitious, hypocritical, monstrous, octopoid, wandering, and grouchy. — Karl E. Weick

A small win is a concrete, complete, implemented outcome of moderate importance. By itself, one small win may seem unimportant. A series of wins at small but significant tasks, however, reveals a pattern that may attract allies, deter opponents, and lower resistance to subsequent proposals. Small wins are controllable opportunities that produce visible results. — Karl E. Weick

Your beliefs are cause maps that you impose on the world, after which you 'see' what you have already imposed. — Karl E. Weick

If people have multiple identities and deal with multiple realities, why should we expect them to be ontological purists? — Karl E. Weick

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