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Beliefs for management.

The leading edge doesn't last forever. Always acknowledge the obvious. Beware the chasm between what is said and what is done. For example is neither definition nor proof. If you can't bite don't show your teeth. Make sure to be in with your equals if you're going to fall out with your superiors. He that lies on the ground cannot fall. Break one link and the whole chain falls apart. An entity is what it is, not what it used to be. One must not depend upon miracles. Every uphill has its downhill. He who is known as an early riser may sleep until noon. Better with a home-town thief than an out-of - town Rabbi. First learn to walk, then chase the dream. When a donkey flies don't blame him for not staying aloft too long. Never give anything away unless you get consideration. Things keep happening that no one can explain. Not everything that is permitted should be promoted. Perhaps not taking risks is the greatest risk of all. Honesty is the fear of getting caught. A wise man turns chance into good fortune. Know when to reject a certainty for an uncertainty. Honest and popular do not go hand in hand. Beware the strain of necessity. You must prepare yourself to do what is required. Everything has a shelf life. Don't confuse style with technique. You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs. It is not good to work without a net. Ignorance can be converted to knowledge; stupidity is beyond repair.

Irwin W. Kabak, Ph.D., P.E. is a professor of operations research at the New York University Stern School of Business and an independent consultant in management and industrial engineering. He is a life member of IIE.
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Date:May 1, 1993
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