Wise Words: Steve Jobs: saying no

People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we [Apple] haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.

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Wise Words: Frederic Laloux

Life is so complex, and events and circumstances change so fast, that setting a target is mostly guesswork. A year after it has been set, a target is, in most cases, just an arbitrary number—either so easy to reach as to be meaningless or so challenging that people must take shortcuts to meet the number, actions that will hurt the company in the long run.