Individuals, too, who cultivate a variety of skills seem brighter, more energetic and more adaptable than those who know how to do one thing only.
A permanent division of labor inevitably creates occupational and class inequality and conflict.
It often happens that when a person possesses a particular ability to an extraordinary degree, nature makes up for it by leaving him or her incompetent in every other department.
The key element in tragedy is that heroes and heroines are destroyed by that which appears to be their greatest strength.
But the more an organization succeeds and prospers, the more it is likely to be diverted from its original ideals, principles and purposes.
Of all human inventions the organization, a machine constructed of people performing interdependent functions, is the most powerful.
As such people achieve influence within the organization, whenever there is a conflict between their own interest and the interest of the organization, their interests will win out.
Anyone who seeks power wants absolute power.
Because the better an organization is at fulfilling its purpose, the more it attracts people who see the organization as an opportunity to advance themselves.
Even while we busily attend meetings, contribute money and perform our assigned tasks, we suspect that we may be helping to create a force that is inimical to many values we hold dear.
One simple way to keep organizations from becoming cancerous might be to rotate all jobs on a regular, frequent and mandatory basis, including the leadership positions.
You are attached to what you attack.
Every combination of two or more human beings has both a useful aspect and a political aspect.
Ultimately we may still ask, why can't humans design a perfect society?
The ability to get ahead in an organization is simply another talent, like the ability to play chess, paint pictures, do coronary bypass operations or pick pockets.
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