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『Management』- Tasks, responsibilities, practices(1973)
／ Peter F.Drucker
(Collins Business, p.810)
My Favorite Words & phrases (824)
On Being the Wrong Size
The business that is the wrong size - whether too small
for its market or for key activities needed; or too big
for environment, community, or economy - is one of the
toughest problems a top management can face.
But it is not a problem that will cure itself.
It requires courage, integrity, hard thinking,
and purposeful action.
The Pressure for Diversity
The less diverse a business, the more manageable it is.
Simplicity makes for clarity.
The less complex a business is, the fewer things
can go wrong. And the more complex a business is,
the more difficult it is to figure out what went wrong
and to take the right remedial action.
Complexity creates problems of communications.
The more complex a business, the more layers of
management, the more special "coordinators,"
the more forms and procedures, the more meetings,
and the more delays in making decisions.
The right rule was developed many, many years ago
by the musician. An accomplished and well-established
concert pianist will, as a matter of course, add
one new major piece to his repertoire each year.
Every few years he will pick for his new piece
something quite different from the repertoire
through which he has made his name.
This forces him to learn again, to hear new things
in old and familiar pieces, and to become a better
At the same time, concert pianists have long known
that they slough off an old piece as they add on one
new major one.
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