Sound advice rhyming

Back when I joined Documentum in 1998–later acquired by EMC, I can recall its first CEO, Jeff Miller, saying: “We may not always be right, but at least we’re not confused.” (Fast Company captured a slightly different quote: “It might not be the right plan, but at least we’re not confused.”)

So, when I read a recent quote from eBay’s CEO, Meg Whitman, I was reminded of Mark Twain’s word, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”

Actually, in defense of her company’s acquisition of Skype to Tim O’Reilly, Whitman appears to be quoting Meister Eckhart, German writer and theologian, 1260-1328: “The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.”