Quotes by Peter Scholtes

Less than 5 percent result from people committing errors. Human error is a negligible source of our problems. Yet because we don't understand systems, we act as though human error were the primary cause of our problems.

The common objection to seniority pay is, "It's rewarding dead wood!" My response is, "Why do you hire dead wood? Or why do you hire live wood and kill it?"

95% of changes made by management today make no improvement.

We will work with each other we will work side by side
And we'll guard each man's dignity and save each man's pride

Leaders need to understand that there is no good way to do performance appraisal. It is inherently the wrong thing to do. Leaders need to know what is wrong with performance appraisal and what to do instead.

People don't resist change, they resist being changed.

In a world without data, opinion prevails.

Managers must see themselves as experimenters who lead learning, not dictators who impose control.

There is a difference between having a vision and suffering from a hallucination.