Machiavelli on Innovation

Posted on: August 5, 2009

You might not always associate Machiavelli’s, The Prince with innovation and enterprise but Bill Petti reminds us of a quote that may be as relevant today as it was in 1513

Niccolò Machiavelli Still relevent today for innovation?

Niccolò Machiavelli Still relevent today for innovation?

“And it should be realised that taking the initiative in introducing a new form of government is very difficult and dangerous, and unlikely to succeed. The reason is that all those who profit from the old order will be opposed to the innovator, whereas all those who might benefit from the new order are, at best, tepid supporters of him. This lukewarmness arises partly from the sceptical temper of men, who do not really believe in new things unless they have been seen to work well.”

Niccolò Machiavelli -The Prince

Simply replace the words “form of government” with technology or process


2 Responses to "Machiavelli on Innovation"

Thanks for the link!

How true then–and how true today.

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