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(5) Vett treng den som skal fare vidt; mangt er eigna heime.
Den som veit for lite, blir uthengt i lag med smarte.

He hath need of his wits who wanders wide,
aught simple will serve at home;
but a gazing-stock is the fool who sits
mid the wise, and nothing knows. (Hvaml, The Words of Odin the High One)


You cannot think about thinking, without thinking about something. (Seymour Papert)


(6) Av eigen klokskap treng ingen skryte, men halde tanken i taume.
Du kjem ikkje brtt i beit nr du driv glgg og nesten teiande i gardane.

Let no man glory in the greatness of his mind,
but rather keep watch o'er his wits.
Cautious and silent let him enter a dwelling;
to the heedful comes seldom harm,
for none can find a more faithful friend
than the wealth of mother wit. (Hvaml, The Words of Odin the High One)


It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt. (Mark Twain)


(7) Smlten, varsam mann teier i gjestebodet, alt mens andre talar.
Lyder med yra, speidar fornuftig med auga, vel tenkt og fre var.

Let the wary stranger who seeks refreshment
keep silent with sharpened hearing;
with his ears let him listen, and look with his eyes;
thus each wise man spies out the way. (Hvaml, The Words of Odin the High One)


An Englishman is a person who does things because they have been done before. An American is a person who does things because they haven't been done before. (Mark Twain)


Life does not consist mainly - or even largely - of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever blowing through one's head. (Mark Twain)


I Hear, I Forget
I See, I Remember
I Experience, I understand
(Chinese proverb)


If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants (Isaac Newton)


In the sciences, we are now uniquely privileged to sit side by side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand (Gerald Holton)


If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders (Hal Abelson)


In computer science, we stand on each other's feet (Brian K. Reid)


International economic theory is obsolete. The traditional factors of production - land, labor, and capital - are becoming restraints rather than driving forces. Knowledge is becoming the one critical factor of production. (Peter Drucker professor of social science and management at Claremont Graduate University)


Knowledge has become the central, key resource that knows no geography. (Peter Drucker professor of social science and management at Claremont Graduate University)


In a knowledge-based company, the accounting system doesn't capture anything, really. (Judy Lewent, chief financial officer of Merck & Co)


Economic theory has a problem with knowledge: It seems to defy the basic economic principle of scarcity, the more we use it and pass it on, the more it proliferates...infinitely expansible... What is scarce in the new economy is the ability to understand and use knowledge. (1996 World Economy Survey)


The company that has created more Knowledge Capital than anyone else in the US in the last decade, in terms of absolute amounts, is Coca Cola. It is a knowledge company. All they sell is water with a little sugar and bubbles. It is their intimate knowledge of the marketplace, their brand name advertising and relationships with their distribution outlets that create their superior valuation. (Paul Strassmann)


Knowledge is power, which is why people who had it in the past often tried to make a secret of it. In post-capitalism, power comes from transmitting information to make it productive, not from hiding it. (Peter Drucker professor of social science and management at Claremont Graduate University)


An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. (Benjamin Franklin)


(10) Du ber ikkje betre br i bakken enn bra med vett.
Det er betre enn gull i framand gard; godt vett er stakkars trst.

A better burden can no man bear
on the way than his mother wit;
'tis the refuge of the poor, and richer it seems
than wealth in a world untried. (Hvaml, The Words of Odin the High One)


(11) Du ber ikkje betre br i bakken enn mye bra vett.
Du legg kje i veg med verre niste enn for mye l.

A better burden can no man bear
on the way than his mother wit:
and no worse provision can he carry with him
than too deep a draught of ale. (Hvaml, The Words of Odin the High One)


(12) l er kje s godt for vettet som folk seier det er.
Dess meir du drikk, dess mindre vett i skallen.

Less good than they say for the sons of men
is the drinking oft of ale:
for the more they drink, the less can they think
and keep a watch o'er their wits. (Hvaml, The Words of Odin the High One)


Prophesy is hard, particularly about the future. (Yogi Berra)


I've always believed that success is the worst enemy of change, and failure its best friend. (Peter Schwartz)


You either have to manage change - or you had better get used to managing chaos. (Wolfgang Schmitt chairman of the board of Rubbermaid, Inc.)


The only sustainable competitive advantage is the ability to learn faster than the competition. (Arie de Geus, he worked for Royal Dutch/Shell for 38 years)


The most common mistake made by futurists is to overstate technology progress (Thomas H. Davenport , professor and director at the University of Texas in Austin)


The best information environments will take advantage of the ability of IT to overcome geography but will also acknowledge that the highest bandwidth network of all is found between the water fountain and the coffee machine.(Thomas H. Davenport , professor and director at the University of Texas in Austin. "Think Tank: The Virtual and the Physical," CIO, November 15, 1995).


There is no way to plan technological breakthroughs. To create new industries, you have to expect unpredictability (Robert Galvin, chair of the executive committee, Motorola Corporation)


Every twenty years the cost of processing a single bit of information declines by a factor of 1000. For the same cost that it took in 1950 to store and analyze all the data about a single customer, you can now keep the same amount of data on five to six million customers (Martha Rogers, Ph.D, Marketing 1:1)


You should be prepared to cannibalize your existing products and to reinvent your company in the process. Our aim at Hewlett-Packard is to replace our own products - before our competitors do (Joel Birnbaum, Ph.D., is senior vice president, R&D, for Hewlett-Packard Company)


Knowledge has two incarnations: Knowledge applied to existing processes, services, and products is productivity; knowledge applied to the new is innovation. (Peter Drucker professor of social science and management at Claremont Graduate University)


We now know that the source of wealth is something specifically human: knowledge. If we apply knowledge to tasks we already know how to do, we call it productivity. If we apply knowledge to tasks that are new and different, we call it innovation. Only knowledge allows us to achieve those two goals. (Peter Drucker professor of social science and management at Claremont Graduate University)


Innovation is the successful implementation of creative ideas within an organization. (Theresa Amabile, Ph.D., professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School)


Knowledge is created between the interaction of explicit and tacit knowledge. (I. Nonaka, Harvard Business Review)


People will be most creative when they feel motivated primarily by the interest, enjoyment, satisfaction and challenge of the work itself - and not by external pressures. (Theresa Amabile, Ph.D., professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School)


The intelligence of an organization is a distributed phenomenon similar to the intelligence of a brain/nervous system. That is, the intelligence is in the structure, organization, design and not the individual cells. (Mike McMaster).


Few managers grasp the true nature of the knowledge creating company - yet alone how to manage it (I. Nonaka, Harvard Business Review)


The reality is that effective organizations are neither hierarchical nor networked but a blend of both. (Debra Amidon)


The most dramatic improvements in knowledge management capability over the next 10 years will be human and managerial (Thomas H. Davenport, professor and director at the University of Texas in Austin)


Sooner or later a consultant is going to knock on your door and offer to sell you a seven-figure (state-of-the-art) project to map your company's intellectual capital. When he does, sit him down, give him a cup of coffee, and offer him a job on the loading dock. It may not be too late for him to learn what intellectual capital is really all about. (John Rutledge, chairman of Rutledge & Company)


Every organization needs one core competence: Innovation. And every organization needs a way to record and appraise its innovative performance. (Peter Drucker professor of social science and management at Claremont Graduate University)


The real problem is not whether machines think, but whether men do. (B.F. Skinner)


Drowning in data, yet starved of information. (Ruth Stanat in 'The Intelligent Organisation')


At vite hva man ikke vet er dog en slags allvitenhet. (Kumbel, Piet Hein)


Imagination is more important than Knowledge. (Albert Einstein cited in Osborn, A.F., 1985)


Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler(Albert Einstein).


Successful knowledge transfer involves neither computers nor documents, but rather interactions between people. If you want me to absorb your knowledge, then spend time with me, work with me, do my job and let me do yours. (Thomas H. Davenport , professor and director at the University of Texas in Austin)


I dag gller det snarare att 'know who' n 'know how'. Kunskapen i dag r spridd ver hela vrlden i specialiserade ar hos fretag, organisationer eller enskilda individer. Fr att kunna skapa ngot unikt behver vi f kontakt med varandra, bygga team.( Kjell Nordstrm, professor)


The issue is not to make money, but to make meaning. (Leif Edvinsson, Director of Intellectual Capital, Skandia)


Take my assets -- but leave me my organization and in five years I'll have it all back. (Alfred P. Sloan)


The currency of knowledge is language. (Professor Johan Roos, IMD, Lausanne)


The purpose of an organization is to enable ordinary people to do extraordinary things. (Peter Drucker, professor of social science and management at Claremont Graduate University)


Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. (Oscar Wilde)


The best way to predict the future is to create it. (Peter Drucker, professor of social science and management at Claremont Graduate University)


What underlies the current malaise of so many large and successful organizations worldwide is that their theory of the business no longer works. (Peter Drucker, professor of social science and management at Claremont Graduate University)


Effective management is probably the main resource of developed countries and the most needed resource of developing ones. (Peter Drucker, professor of social science and management at Claremont Graduate University)


The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence. It is to act with yesterday's logic. (Peter Drucker, professor of social science and management at Claremont Graduate University)


The only things that evolve by themselves in an organization are disorder, friction and malperformance (Peter Drucker, professor of social science and management at Claremont Graduate University)


You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics. (Robert Solow, a Nobel laureate in economics. 1987)

The computer is merely a tool in the process...To put it in editorial terms, knowing how a typewriter works does not make you a writer. Now that knowledge is taking the place of capital as the driving force in organizations worldwide, it is all too easy to confuse data with knowledge and information technology with information.(Peter Drucker, professor of social science and management at Claremont Graduate University) from "The Post-Capitalist Executive," in Managing in a Time of Great Change, Penguin, New York, NY.


We consistently fail to grasp how many ideas remain to be discovered. (Professor Paul M. Romer, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University)


... success in the marketplace today is directly proportional to the knowledge that an organization can bring to bear, how fast it can bring the knowledge to bear, and the rate at which it accumulates knowledge. (Tom Peters, author of management litterature)


The problem facing almost all leaders in the future will be how to develop their organizations social architecture so that it actually generates intellectual capital. (Warren Bennis, professor and founding chairman of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California)


If two people stand at the same place and gaze in the same direction, we must, under pain of solipsism, conclude that they receive closely similar stimuli. But people do not see stimuli; our knowledge of them is highly theoretical and abstract. Instead they have sensations, and we are under no compulsion to suppose that the sensations of our two viewers are the same... Among the few things that we know about it with assurance are: that very different stimuli can produce the same sensations; that the same stimulus can produce very different sensations; and, finally, that the route from stimuli to sensation is in part conditioned by education. (Kuhn, T.S. (1970). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 2nd ed., University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, pp. 192-93)


A good business novel or business biography is not about business. It is about love, hate, craftsmanship, jealousy, comradeship, ambition, pleasure. These have been, and will continue to be, man's central concerns.(Herbert A. Simon, (1977). The New Science of Management Decision, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, p. 134.)


In the period ahead of us, more important than advances in computer design will be the advances we can make in our understanding of human information processing -- of thinking, problem solving, and decision making... ( Simon, H.A. "The Future of Information Technology Processing," Management Science, 14(9), May 1968, pp. 619-624).


Even when the experts all agree, they may well be wrong. (B. Russell, philosopher) from -- Peter, L.J. The Peter Prescription: How to Make Things Go Right, Bantam, NY, 1972  


Participation is not something that can be conjured up or created artificially...Participation is a feeling on the part of the people, not just the mechanical act of being called in to take part in discussions.-- Lawrence,P.R. (1954 May-June). "How to Deal with Resistance to Change," Harvard Business Review, 32(3), pp. 49-57


To exist is to change

to change is to mature

to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. (Henri Bergson)


There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. (Anais Nin)


Successful knowledge transfer involves neither computers nor documents but rather interactions between people. (Davenport, T.H. "Think Tank: The Future of Knowledge Management," CIO, December 15, 1995).


Solutions...are a temporary event, specific to a context, developed through the relationship of persons and circumstances.(Wheatley, M.J. quoted in Stuart, A. "Elusive Assets," CIO, November 15, 1995, pp. 28-34).


Unlike capital, knowledge is most valuable when it is controlled and used by those on the front lines of the organization.(--- Bartlett, C.A. & Ghoshal, S. "Changing the Role of the Top Management: Beyond Systems to People," Harvard Business Review, May-June 1995, pp. 132-142.)


If you ask managers what they do, they will most likely tell you that they plan, organize, coordinate and control. Then watch what they do. Don't be surprised if you can't relate what you see to those four words. (Henry Mintzberg)


The best way to tell if a man is honest is to ask him. If he says he is, you know he's a crook (Groucho Marx)


The customer is the most important part of the production line (W. Edwards Deming)


(34) Det er omveg fare til venn som neppe er lite p; omveg om han s bur midt i bygda.
Til godven gr beinvegar sjlv om han er langt av lei.

Long is the round to a false friend leading,
e'en if he dwell on the way:
but though far off fared, to a faithful friend
straight are the roads and short. (Hvaml, The Words of Odin the High One)


(43) Vennen sin skal ein vere venn for, bde han og vennen hans.
Det smmer seg ikkje for fagna folk vere venn med uvenns venn

To his friend a man should bear him as friend,
to him and a friend of his;
but let him beware that he be not the friend
of one who is friend to his foe. (Hvaml, The Words of Odin the High One)


(44) Veit du ein venn stole p, og vil vinne fagnaden hans: del tankar oppriktig, gi heile din hug,
spar ikkje gva,
dra titt og ofte og treff han.

Hast thou a friend whom thou trustest well,
from whom thou cravest good?
Share thy mind with him, gifts exchange with him,
fare to find him oft. (Hvaml, The Words of Odin the High One)


It takes a village to raise a child. (African proverb)


(119) Har du ein venn og trur vel om han, s gjest han ofte [1],
for kratt gror til og gras blir hgt p vegen som ingen gr.

Dra ofte dit han bur, far (av garde) og treff han ofte o.a.

hast thou a friend whom thou trustest well,
fare thou to find him oft;
for with brushwood grows and with grasses high
the path where no foot doth pass. (Hvaml, The Words of Odin the High One)


Links:
Professor Peter Drucker: http://www.dgsys.com/~tristan/technodrucker.html
Professor Paul M. Romer http://www.stanford.edu/~promer/
@BRINT, quotes http://www.brint.com/Peterold.htm
BoozAllen & Hamilton, Inc.: Strategy and business on the web http://www.strategy-business.com/quotes/
(Hvaml, The Words of Odin the High One) http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/havamal.html
(Hvaml: Nynorsk versjon) http://oaks.nvg.org/ma3ra4.html

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