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Re: [ontolog-forum] The DIKW Hierarchy issue(s)

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From: Toby Considine <Toby.Considine@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2009 15:20:37 -0400
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Good question. I had it rattling around in my head one day, and searched until I got the formulation below - which I cannot find today.

I did find, however, the following Druckerisms on this common them of his

"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. "

“Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right”

“Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.”

      “The successful person places more attention on doing the right thing rather than doing things right.”

and, for ontology:

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.”

Drucker was a human quote factory, and there are thousands of site quoting him. I should have gone back to reading his work instead of relying on the web.

On Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 11:35 AM, Ed Barkmeyer <edbark@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
Toby Considine wrote:

"If something is not worth doing, it`s not worth doing well" - Peter Drucker

I would be curious as to the date on that.  The version I have is:

"A thing not worth doing is not worth doing well."
   -- Arden, Bruce W., and Astill, Kenneth N., in "Numerical algorithms: origins and applications", Addison-Wesley, 1970

It led the introduction.  I doubt that it was original with Bruce, but he didn't cite a source, and I never found out where he got it from.


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