ON DESIGN & CHANGE


"I should have been a pair of ragged claws
Scuttling across the floors of silent seas."
—T.S. Eliot



The Ugly Duckling, Fairy Tale by Hans Christian Andersen

"The accord will never become real, complete, and fruitful until the day that the engineer, the artist, and the scientist are fused together in the same person. We have for a long time lived under the foolish persuasion that art is a kind of activity distinct from all other forms of human intelligence, having its sole source and origin in the personality of the artist himself, and this capricious fancy."
Gabriel Davioud on "the union or separation of engineer and architect" in 1877

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders.  Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"And it ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.  Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new.  This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them."
Niccolò Machiavelli

''.. innovation is the key challenge of the knowlegde-based economy, and innovation requires the exchange of ideas, which in turn depends on trust."
W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

"Leadership is the capacity to create a compelling vision and translate it into action and sustain it.  Successful leaders have a vision that other people believe in and treat as their own."
Warren Bennis