Henry Mintzberg

Born on 2 Sep 1939
Author on Business and Management


Planning, by its very nature, defines and preserves categories. Creativity, by its veiy nature, creates categories or re-arranges established ones.
Strategic planning can neither provide creativity nor deal with it when it emerges by other means.
If the system does the thinking, the thought must be detached from the action, strategy from operations and ostensible thinkers from doers.
Mold-breaking strategies grow initially like , weeds, they are not cultivated like tomatoes in a hothouse.
Strategy is not the consequence of planning but the opposite, its starting point.
Strategy making is an immensely complex process involving the most sophisticated, subtle, and at times subconscious of human cognitive and social processes.
While hard data may inform the intellect, it is largely soft data that generates wisdom.


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."