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Several months ago, a friend sent me a selection of very provocative thoughts and quotes, chosen from John Naisbitt’s Mind Sets, and gathered by David Mays.  I have, in turn, selected some of what I received.

You may find them provocative, supportive of some already held ideas, irritating, comforting, truncated, and perhaps puzzling in some cases.  I doubt that you will find them boring.  My including them is not to be interpreted as indicating my carte blanche agreement with the entire selection.  Take them as an opportunity to experience iron sharpening iron, ok?

According to Naisbitt:

  • While many things change, most things remain constant.
  • The future is imbedded in the present.
  • It is powerful to not have to be right.
  • Resistance to change falls if benefits are real.
  • Look at what is rewarded and what is punished.
  • Things that we expect to happen always happen more slowly.
  • See the future as a picture puzzle.
  • A proposition doesn’t have to be true; it just has to be interesting to be a good way to stimulate thought.

Quotes taken from Naisbitt:

  • To appraise the viability of a society or a company, examine its ability to be self-correcting.  (94)
  • “I match and measure information against my own experience, using my values and mindsets.  And so does everybody else.” (xvii)
  • “Differentiate between basics and embellishment, rules and techniques, trends and fads, breakthroughs and refinements.” (10)
  • “Basic change is the result of a confluence of forces, rarely because of just one force….” (17)
  • “In business, politics, or private life, the gap between words and facts widen when personal pride is involved.  Often it’s not the promises made but the problems hidden.” (24)
  • “It is in the nature of human beings to bend information in the direction of desired conclusions.” (31)
  • “If you have to be right, you put yourself in a hedged lane, but once you experience the power of not having to be right, you will feel like you are walking across open fields, the perspective wide and your feet free to take any turn.” (39)
  • “You don’t bend down unless something is worth picking up.”
  • “Do not underestimate people.  When they resist change, change you think they ought to readily embrace, you have either failed to make benefits transparent or there are good reasons to resist.” (62)
  • “Almost all change is evolutionary, not revolutionary.  Things just take time, almost always more time than we expect.” (76)
  • “The economic borderlines of our world will not be drawn between countries, but around Economic Domains.” (157)
  • “Economics will continue to overwhelm politics in the running of the global economy, and the impact of the global economy on our lives is far greater than the rhetoric of politics.” (180)
  • “What scientists will not have is the key to our souls, our spiritual nature, which we will therefore cling to and obsess about.” (248)
  • “changes made in the genetic codes that are passed on generation to generation will overwhelm the importance of all previous technologies.  But it will also include the danger of catapulting the human race into an undreamed future. . . . Once the first step is made, we will be on a path of no return.”  (248)
  • “Whatever the future holds, it will be worth nothing if there is no joy.” (249)