David K. Hurst

The “scientific model” of management, as Warren Bennis and Jim O’Toole called it, emphasized conceptual knowledge and tools and techniques – what Greek philosophers would have called episteme and techne. It was assumed that organizations could be studied by detached “objective” observers and that management science could be “values-free” – just like the natural sciences. More generally this scientific model has resulted in a misanthropic … [ Read more ]

Napoleon Hill

An educated person is not necessarily one who has an abundance of general or specialized knowledge. Any person is educated who knows where to get knowledge when it is needed and how to organize that knowledge into definite plans of action.


Teaching is the highest form of understanding.

Niels Billou, Mary Crossan, Gerard Seijts

As Guy Claxton, author of the book Live and Learn noted, one of the biggest barriers to learning is our resistance to let go of the 4C’s–the desire to be consistent, comfortable, competent and confident. We add a fifth to the list–the desire for control. Protecting and preserving these five C’s is a huge barrier to individual growth and development.

Peter Senge

There’s an element […] that is completely disregarded in formal management education. We’re supposed to figure things out. We’re supposed to make the machine work and correct problems when they come up. But, in fact, in creating something, a lot of the most important developments are what you didn’t expect. And it’s how you recognize and deal with surprise. It’s a very different mindset. The … [ Read more ]

Peter Drucker

There’s a human law that says that the gap between the one at the top and the average is a constant. And it’s terribly hard to work on that huge average. You work on the few at the top, and you raise them, and the rest will follow.

Christopher Bartlett

The philosophy of case teaching, discussion-based learning, is really that by gathering together a group of smart capable people; presenting them with the kinds of challenges that a manager would face once in a year or once in a lifetime; doing that on a regular basis, 2-3 times a day; and getting them to go through the process that managers do—gathering the data and analyzing … [ Read more ]

Charles Kettering

An inventor is simply a person who doesn’t take his education too seriously. You see, from the time a person is six years old until he graduates from college, he has to take three or four examinations a year. If he flunks once, he’s out. But an inventor is almost always failing. He tries and fails, maybe a thousand times. If he succeeds once, he’s … [ Read more ]

Henrich Greve

There is no shortage of advice for entrepreneurs, managers, and executives on what they should be doing in order to succeed in business. Some of the advice comes from people who really should be careful about giving advice because they haven’t actually succeeded in business—they are just good writers. Other advice comes from people who really should be careful about giving advice because they have … [ Read more ]

Jason Fried

It’s easy to convince yourself you know something until you have to explain it to someone else. Then the truth comes out.

Vannevar Bush

Those who conscientiously attempt to keep abreast of current thought, even in restricted fields, by close and continuous reading might well shy away from an examination calculated to show how much of the previous month’s efforts could be produced on call. Mendel’s concept of the laws of genetics was lost to the world for a generation because his publication did not reach the few who … [ Read more ]

Fernando Flores

We human beings are not prepared at all for the explosion of new practices the Internet will produce. Education is going to be in networks and it will not be about knowledge. It will be about being successful in relationships, about how to make offers, how to build trust, how to cultivate prudence and emotional resilience.

Steve Jurvetson

Our education systems and workplaces plunge us into deep mental ruts. They reward competencies that are self-reinforcing, not diversifying, and they encourage people to acquire domain expertise rather than to ask stupid questions and learn new things. We need to find our way out of these ruts and rekindle the creativity that many of us left behind in childhood.

José María Figueres

We need to change our educational experience drastically, from one in which we learn to “know” something, toward one in which we learn to “learn” something. The old learn-to-know model is an outcome of the needs of the industrial revolution. Today, some 200 years later, we need to educate for the knowledge economy, which requires a completely different tool set and therefore a different educational … [ Read more ]

Rakesh Khurana

My worry-and this is not limited to business schools-is that we have created a context in which people want the status of a profession without any of the constraints of a profession. A profession is not only about the benefits that you claim. It’s also about what you renounce.

I think one of the roles of a professional school in higher education is to make clear … [ Read more ]

Jean-Pierre Lehmann

Education…is not confined to time or space, it is an attitude, a constant search for learning founded on an insatiable curiosity. An “educated” person is not only someone who knows a great deal, but someone who wishes to learn in any circumstance, who poses questions, who probes, reflects and assimilates, to gain both knowledge and wisdom.

Konosuke Matsushita

There would be no strength in relying on the teachings of others without a basic capacity for self-reliance. To rely upon the strength and resources of others without a firm purpose of one’s own is a sign of weakness.

Mark Twain

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.

Brad Feld

If you want a two year break from life, go to business school. If you want to meet a bunch of new, generally smart, and always interesting people, go to business school. If you are a techie but like the business side of things, want to get an intellectual (and functional grounding) in business stuff, want a two year break from life, and want to … [ Read more ]

Charles Handy

Education for adults is basically experience understood in tranquility. In other words, you have the experience and then you can go away to a place of tranquility like a school or a course and reflect with the help of people who give you some concepts on what you’ve learnt or what you’ve experienced. Then you go off and do it hopefully better next time. And … [ Read more ]