I’m currently reading Chris Hunter’s Eight Lives Down, an autobiography of his time in Iraq with the British army as an explosives technician, defusing bombs and IEDs.
He starts off every chapter with a quote, and I really appreciated this one:
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.
– Gaius Petronius (AD 66)
Having gone through my fair share of re-orgs in the past decade, that 2000-year old quote rings very true.
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That’ll be a quote I use for the rest of my life.
Amazing, isn’t it, that what a Roman who lived hundreds and hundreds of years ago said sounds so modern?