Appendix C: Work-Out—The Foundations of a Cultural Revolution
(A speech given to General Electric officers in January, 1990) By Dave Ulrich)
For a piece of wood to catch fire, it must first be heated to a temperature at which it ignites, then it burns by itself. The initial heating requires energy from outside. When the wood is ignited, it becomes self-sustaining and gives off light and heat.
There is a more intense fire than that of burning wood. It is produced from a mixture of aluminum powder and metal oxide. By itself, the mixture is cold and lifeless, but when heated to the ignition temperature, it becomes a self-sustaining source of brilliant light and intense heat.
Once it ignites it cannot be put out by ordinary means. It will burn under ...