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Betty Lehan Harragan

  • The existing system is the game of business. The landscape which has been contoured out of a miliary-sports subsoil is the territory of play, the game board. The rules of the game are those firmly established generations ago by the male WASP founders whose descendants are still the star players.

  • The military influence on business is morphologic; it relates to the form and structure of organization, considered apart from function. The functions of private industry — the everyday operations — are governed by another formula which has its genesis in a more familiar though not unrelated activity — team sports.

  • You can make a lot of mistakes and still come out on top if your opponent makes worse mistakes.

  • You are always in command of a situation where you control the communication system.

    • Betty Lehan Harragan,
    • in Marlene Caroselli, The Language of Leadership ()

Betty Lehan Harragan, U.S. writer

(1921 - 1998)