Thursday, June 17, 2010

Planners Triumph?

"Oh, Mikey, don't be deliberately dense. You know as well as I do it's the planners that get ahead, not the fighters."

Karl Marlantes, Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

Oddly, this observation probably holds true for most fields of endeavor except for planning. In planning, neither the planners or the fighters (whoever they exactly are) get ahead. But I suppose in a larger sense, types like Robert Moses, Richard J. Daley and alike are the big-time planners, setting things in motion and keeping them focused. The minions who make things happen bear the brunt of implementation and warring with the advocates. When the advocates win, as they sometimes do, they get remembered, like Jane Jacobs and Gail Cincotta.

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