Norman Augustine, fully Norman Ralph Augustine

Norman
Augustine, fully Norman Ralph Augustine
1935

American Aerospace Businessman, Chairman of the Review of United States Human Space Flights Plans Committee and Under Secretary of the Army

Author Quotes

I?ve visited more than 100 countries in the past several years, meeting people from all walks of life, from impoverished children in India to heads of state. Almost every adult I?ve talked with in these countries shares a belief that the path to success is paved with science and engineering. In fact, scientists and engineers are celebrities in most countries. They?re not seen as geeks or misfits, as they too often are in the U.S., but rather as society?s leaders and innovators. In China, eight of the top nine political posts are held by engineers. In the U.S., almost no engineers or scientists are engaged in high-level politics, and there is a virtual absence of engineers in our public policy debates. Why does this matter? Because if American students have a negative impression ? or no impression at all ? of science and engineering, then they?re hardly likely to choose them as professions. Already, 70% of engineers with PhD?s who graduate from U.S. universities are foreign-born. Increasingly, these talented individuals are not staying in the U.S ? instead, they?re returning home, where they find greater opportunities.

Law Number V: One-tenth of the participants produce over one-third of the output. Increasing the number of participants merely reduces the average output.

Law Number XLV: One should expect that the expected can be prevented, but the unexpected should have been expected.

If a sufficient number of management layers are superimposed on each other, it can be assured that disaster is not left to chance.

Law Number VI: A hungry dog hunts best. A hungrier dog hunts even better.

Law Number XLVI: A billion saved is a billion earned.

If sufficient number of management layers are superimposed on top of each other, it can be assured that disaster is not left to chance.

Law Number VII: Decreased business base increases overhead. So does increased business base.

Law Number XLVII: Two-thirds of the Earth's surface is covered with water. The other third is covered with auditors from headquarters.

If the Earth could be made to rotate twice as fast, managers would get twice as much done. If the Earth could be made to rotate twenty times as fast, everyone else would get twice as much done since all the managers would fly off.

Law Number VIII: The most unsuccessful four years in the education of a cost-estimator is fifth grade arithmetic.

Law Number XLVIII: The more time you spend talking about what you have been doing, the less time you have to spend doing what you have been talking about. Eventually, you spend more and more time talking about less and less until finally you spend all your time talking about nothing.

In a global, knowledge-driven economy there is a direct correlation between engineering education and innovation. Our success or failure as a nation will be measured by how well we do with the innovation agenda, and by how well we can advance medical research, create game-changing devices and improve the world.

Law Number X: Bulls do not win bullfights; people do. People do not win people fights; lawyers do.

Law Number XV: The last 10 percent of performance generates one-third of the cost and two-thirds of the problems.

In any given year, Congress will appropriate the amount of funding approved the prior year plus three-fourths of whatever change the administration requests -- minus 4-percent tax.

Law Number XI: If the Earth could be made to rotate twice as fast, managers would get twice as much done. If the Earth could be made to rotate twenty times as fast, everyone else would get twice as much done since all the managers would fly off.

A billion saved is a billion earned.

Innovation is the key to survival in an increasingly global economy. Today we?re living off the investments we made over the past 25 years. We?ve been eating our seed corn. And we?re seeing an accelerating erosion of our ability to compete. Charles Darwin observed that it is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but rather the one most adaptable to change.

Law Number XII: It costs a lot to build bad products.

A hungry dog hunts best. A hungrier dog hunts even better.

It is better to be the reorganizer than the reorganize.

Law Number XIII: There are many highly successful businesses in the United States. There are also many highly paid executives. The policy is not to intermingle the two.

A recent government publication on the marketing of cabbage contains, according to one report, 26,941 words. It is noteworthy in this regard that the Gettysburg Address contains a mere 279 words while the Lord's Prayer comprises but 67.

Law Number I: The best way to make a silk purse from a sow's ear is to begin with a silk sow. The same is true of money.

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First Name
Norman
Last Name
Augustine, fully Norman Ralph Augustine
Birth Date
1935
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American Aerospace Businessman, Chairman of the Review of United States Human Space Flights Plans Committee and Under Secretary of the Army