Reorganisation – a not so modern peril


Sometimes quotes from long ago have an amazing connection to the modern business world.

The quote below is from Gaius Petronius Arbiter (c. 27 – 66 AD) who was a  Roman courtier during Nero’s reign:

“We trained hard … but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into legions we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.”



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