Friday, 16 October 2015

Searching for a quote

I have been hunting for the source of a quote for some time.

It was from a leadership or management expert who left the profession for ten years (I think I remember the phrase "went out for a decade" but it could just be my mental paraphrasing) and when they returned to the field, they found nothing had changed.

This lack of change is implied to be 'no surprise'. What was meant by their absence and subsequent return - I think - was that no new theories had arisen in the field in that missing decade: that management was all a bit same-old, same-old.

While I have the shadowy feeling that this could be an American chap, I have hunted and hunted for the source, to no avail. I have searched Drucker's quotes, and Warren Bennis's. Nothing. Zip. Nada.

Searching is very hard when you don't know where to start looking. 

It was such a great premise (though a sweeping statement) that management doesn't change, which I think applies to humanity as a whole. Damn, I should have made a note!

Any help that anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated. I want to use this in my teaching, and, if I can't find the source, I can't use it :-(


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