Picked up a book from the stack over the weekend and could tell in the first few pages why I had ordered it.  Competing for the Future, by Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad has been out a few years, (published in 1994), but seems to really stand up 12 years later.  I kept tripping across quotes from it in other works. 

Here’s the paragraph that caught my eye:

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote: ‘There are always two parties, the party of the past and the party of the future; the establishment and the movement.’  A substantial truth lurks in this observation.  The future belongs not to those who possess a crystal ball, but to those willing to challenge the biases and prejudices of the ‘the establishment.’  The future belongs more to the unorthodox than it does the prognosticators, more to the movement than to the starry-eyed (p. xi).

This should be good.  I’ll keep you posted.

Competing for the Future
  • Now this is one of the reasons I get so much from your blog; you go digging for gold and find it on a regular basis.
    Though instigating quote from Emerson.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Keep creating,

  • It is an instigating quote, isn’t it? Couldn’t help but pass it on. Just too perfectly describes reality in so many organizations for so many people. Thanks for reading Mike!