Issue 173 - 01 | Enough of MORE: Better is Better

By Henry Mintzberg
Published Feb. 20, 2019 12:00 p.m.
“Enough of MORE—all this excessive production and consumption, with its destructive waste and warming. MORE is ravaging our enterprises, our societies, our planet, and ourselves. We can do better.

Economists insist that MORE is the way forward. No, it is the way backward, economically as well as socially. We don’t have to destroy our progeny and our planet for the sake of a senseless dogma. Sure we need development and employment, but responsible development with robust employment. A healthy society is sustained by a decent and diverse economy, not one driven by the mercenary force of one-dimensional growth. Stock markets have done enough damage.

There are impoverished people all over the world who need more: more food, more housing, more employment, more security. What they don’t need is the MORE that is dragging down the so-called developed world.

So let’s shift our economies from MORE to better—quality over quantity—to lift us up rather than drag us down.”

About Henry Mintzberg | Henry Mintzberg is the author of Bedtime Stories for Managers (Berrett-Koehler Publishers). He is Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University in Montreal, the winner of awards from the most prestigious academic and practitioner institutions in management (Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management, Association of Management Consulting Firms, and others), and the recipient of twenty honorary degrees from around the world. He is the author or coauthor of twenty books, including Managers Not MBAs, Strategy Safari, and The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning, and is a founding partner of Coaching Ourselves. For more information, please visit and follow Henry on Facebook and Twitter.

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