Sunday, August 17, 2008

IDEATION quotations & proverbs

Please post your favorite quotations or proverbs that have to do with Ideation!
Le gustaría escribir una cita o proverbio que hable sobre el talento Idear?


Matthias said...

"The strength of the computer lies in its being a logic machine; ... (but) logic is essentially stupid. It is doing the simple and the obvious. The human being, by contrast, is not logical; he is perceptual. This means that that he is slow and sloppy. But he is also bright and has insight."

Peter Drucker in "The Effective Executive", p. 159

And I believe that people with Ideation can develop the strength to be especially bright and have insight!

Matthias said...

"Alfred P. Sloan is reported to have said at a meeting of one of this top committees: "Gentlemen, I take it we are all in complete agreement on the decision here." Everyone around the table nodded assent. "Then," continued Mr. Sloan, "I propose we postpone further discussion until our next meetingto give ourselves time to develop disagreement and perhaps gain some understanding of what this decision is all about."

Peter Drucker in "The Effective Executive", p. 148

People with Ideation can develop the strength to provoke disagreement for the sake of coming up with a better idea, especially so if Ideation goes hand in hand with Strategic, Command, Intellection, Deliberative and/or Analytical.

Matthias said...

"Above all, disagreement is needed to stimulate the imagination. ... In all matter of true uncertainty, such as the executive deals with - whether his sphere is political, economic, social, or military - one needs "creative" solutions which create a new situation. And this means that one needs imagination - a new and different way of perceiving and understanding.

Imagination of the first order is, I admit, not in abundant supply. But neither is it as scarce as is commonly believed. Imagination needs to be challenged and stimulated, however, or else it remains latent and unused. Disagreement, especially if forced to be reasoned, thought through, documented, is the most effective stimulus we know."

Peter Drucker in "The Effective Executive", p.152

I imagine that this quotation may delight many people with Ideation, and once again especially so those with Ideation and Intellection ("thought through") or Command ("if forced to").

Matthias said...

"Finally the President, to be effective, needs "idea men" in his government - for himself first of all.
Few even of our greatest Presidents have been original thinkers. Admiral Rickover would hardly have considered Abe Lincoln as "promising college material." What a President needs is an active mind - a mind interested in other people and their ideas.
Government, in other words, cannot be left entirely to the experts, whether administrators or politicians. It needs the idea man who is neither. Today [=1971], however, such men are not to be found in the government. They have been stifled by the blanked of "no controversy" - a legacy of wartime security and McCarthyism.
But the idea men, and they alone, can make politics become a human drama. Thus they arose public opinion, creating understanding and public commitment. And no president can be effective unless he makes politics - his politics - grip up as high drama of men and ideas."

Peter Drucker in the essay "The Secret Art of Being an Effective President" in his book "Men, Ideas & Politics", p. 146

Matthias said...

A word of caution to people with strong Ideation:

"Some of the smartest people that I've hired over the years - many of them from consulting - had real difficulty with edge, especially when they were put into operations. In every situation, they always saw too many options, which inhibited them from taking action. That indecisiveness kept their organizations in limbo. In the end, for several of them, that was a fatal flaw."

Jack Welch in "Winning", p. 86