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Quotable: On Politics

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Some people think that politics is a dirty word, but not me. Politics is simply the art of making decisions in groups. It comes from the Greek word polis, meaning city. Any group working together—whether it has ten people or ten thousand—needs some mechanism to keep everyone aligned: that’s politics. The question is: Is it good politics or is it bad politics? Bad politics is when people put their own self-interest ahead of the group’s goals. To me, this is closely related to hypocrisy. You argue one thing (this is best for the company), but you believe something different (this is best for me). — Dave Hitz, Cofounder & Executive VP of NetApp

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September 30, 2010 at 2:37 pm

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