Avoid over-coordination. We have all observed months-long delays caused by an effort to bring all activities into complete agreement with a proposed policy or procedure. While the coordinating machinery is slowly grinding away, the original purpose is often lost. The essence of the proposals is being worn down as the persons most concerned impatiently await the decision. The process has been aptly called coordinating to death.

Hyman Rickover (1900-1986) US Navy Admiral
Address delivered to US Naval Post Graduate School (16 March 1954)
Added on 24-Feb-09 | Last updated 24-Feb-09
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