All organizations are prisons. It’s just that the food is better in some than in others

Many civil servants begin their adult lives with dreams of authorship

the numbers of MBAs in senior positions coupled with the cult of heroic leadership has made many of our large corporations more hierarchical, more centralized, and more formalized than they should be

It takes a big man to say to a subordinate, ‘I was wrong.’

Security is for people who don’t have a chance to make it big

Money, like prestige, if sought directly, is almost never gained

If directors can ask important questions that the chief executive hasn’t already thought of, he ought to be replaced

[The New Yorker] It’s not exactly like being in a library; it’s more like being in a hospital room where somebody is dying. Like someone’s dying, and everybody feels a little guilty about it

A man with scruff in not a tool of the corporate world

I remember a disproportionate amount of time being spent to “process” handwritten comments by Managing Directors, basically Oxbridge graduates doing graphics work