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Born: 1909-04-17
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Nation: American
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This whole phenomenon of the diversion of organizations from their purposes and ideals does not seem very serious when the scum rise to the top in the bridge club or the offices of a small magazine publisher.

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It often happens that when a person possesses a particular ability to an extraordinary degree, nature makes up for it by leaving him or her incompetent in every other department.

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One simple way to keep organizations from becoming cancerous might be to rotate all jobs on a regular, frequent and mandatory basis, including the leadership positions.

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A permanent division of labor inevitably creates occupational and class inequality and conflict.

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That the more authoritarian organizations survive and prevail goes generally unnoticed because people focus on the objectives of organizations, which are many and varied, rather than on their structures, which lend to be similar.

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Individuals, too, who cultivate a variety of skills seem brighter, more energetic and more adaptable than those who know how to do one thing only.

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The key element in tragedy is that heroes and heroines are destroyed by that which appears to be their greatest strength.

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You are attached to what you attack.

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The ability to get ahead in an organization is simply another talent, like the ability to play chess, paint pictures, do coronary bypass operations or pick pockets.

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Anyone who seeks power wants absolute power.

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But instead I usually say that, though it may surprise them, I too believe in the necessity of organization.

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But the more an organization succeeds and prospers, the more it is likely to be diverted from its original ideals, principles and purposes.

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Every combination of two or more human beings has both a useful aspect and a political aspect.

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Military organization, like religious organization, can be seen as a paradigm of organization in general.

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Of all human inventions the organization, a machine constructed of people performing interdependent functions, is the most powerful.

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The Gnostics were rapidly driven out of business by the hierarchical orthodox Christians.

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To reject even one major tenet of the religion or to violate one major rule of behavior is enough to get one kicked out - or worse.

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Ultimately we may still ask, why can't humans design a perfect society?

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As such people achieve influence within the organization, whenever there is a conflict between their own interest and the interest of the organization, their interests will win out.

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Because the better an organization is at fulfilling its purpose, the more it attracts people who see the organization as an opportunity to advance themselves.

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Even while we busily attend meetings, contribute money and perform our assigned tasks, we suspect that we may be helping to create a force that is inimical to many values we hold dear.

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Indeed, if our ancestors of millions of years ago hadn't learned how to care for one another and hunt in packs, they'd all have ended up being eaten by leopards.

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Indeed, one of the most successful and influential religious organizations in history, the Society of Jesus, was consciously modeled along military lines by its founder, Ignatius Loyola.

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It is instructive, for instance, to trace the computer industry's decline in vision, idealism, creativity, romance and sheer fun as it becomes more and more important and prosperous.

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Just as predatory animals follow a similar general design and behave in similar ways, so organizations, especially those in competition with one another, must follow certain design principles if they are to succeed and prevail.

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Organized religion provides a model of the way all organizations, from the state down to the village garden club, end a price in terms of a member's freedom of thought and action.

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A goal of Twitch is to be wherever gamers are, whether it's on laptops and handheld devices or integrated into gaming consoles and software.

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Given the huge number Xbox owners and how many of them love gaming spectatorship, it's a natural fit to bring the Twitch experience to the 360.

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There's no bigger gaming franchise on the console than 'Call of Duty', and we can't wait to see what the community can create with this new tool.

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Given the growing popularity of pop culture conventions, many of them are selling out, leaving a lot of fans out in the dark and having to trawl the Internet for bits and pieces of news that relate to these events.

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I'm always impressed by how compassionate the gaming community can be when they have a cause and appreciate that they leverage our platform to raise money for those in need. We continue to encourage giving in support of important causes, including Extra Life 2012.

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Our app for Xbox 360 brings Twitch video to the television and into the living room of millions of Xbox Live members for the first time. The app will let every Xbox Live gamer find and watch streams of their favorite games from their couch.

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The Twitch community loves watching video games, chatting, and broadcasting. The average viewer watches over an hour and a half of video each day. Over two-thirds of our logged-in users chat each day.

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Twitch launched in June of 2011, and our growth ever since has exceeded even my expectations, which were not small. A year and a half later, the community of broadcasters and viewers has multiplied hundreds of percent.

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