Quotes in systems thinking
Government service is to be judged on equity as well as on efficiency.
Toyota's real achievement is not merely the creation and use of the tools themselves; it is in making all its work a series of nested, ongoing experiments, be the work as routine as installing seats in cars or as complex, idiosyncratic, and large scale as designing and launching a new model or factory.
A problem never exists in isolation; it is surrounded by other problems in space and time. The more of the context of a problem that a scientist can comprehend, the greater are his chances of finding a truly adequate solution.
Never give children a chance of imagining that anything exists in isolation. Make it plain from the very beginning that all living is relationship. Show them relationships in the woods, in the fields, in the ponds and streams, in the village and in the country around it. Rub it in.
Nothing can do you so much harm as a lousy competitor. Be thankful for a good competitor.
Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your product and service, and that bring friends with them.
Stamping out fires is a lot of fun, but it is only putting things back the way they were.
I should estimate that in my experience most troubles and most possibilities for improvement add up to the proportions something like this:
94% belongs to the system (responsibility of management)
The greatest waste in America is failure to use the abilities of people.