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There is a huge need for “change” , for “corporate excellence” , to tackle the world’s problems in a whole. But how? Absolutely NOT how we did “manage” it the last 120 years. LEAN, SixSigma, PDCA, AI, ERP, ….. all “tools” to “get on track” again. But which track ? The same? Preferably not I would say.

Excellence should be a mindset by default , and for many of us it is, in fact I cannot imagine somebody going to work in the morning saying “Let’s make as much trouble as possible” and yet…. How do we get into as much trouble as we do ? My answer is simple : Because we have poor (weak) decision making. And how is that possible? By information getting
filtered out through “subjective analyze”. In this blog I will be posting some comments on (global and local) issues, which could be a result of poor decision making, just for the sake of showing that this is a universal problem in all industries and through all categories or levels of decision takers.

Jimmy Van de Putte

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12 May 2012

PV : Understand first, change later ! A bottom-up perspective, free of charge…

Understand first, change later ! A bottom-up perspective, free of charge…

So many things we want to see changed.

The way we work, the way we are paid, the way we treat environment, what we do with our time, how our children grow up, politics, economy, and so on …

If it could be done with a flick of the finger we would probable do it today (I hope) if we could do it in a 3-5 year plan we would say it’s impossible (and I say we can) , and so we muddle on a bit.

We , as a joined society , are ok with mediocrity, with “good enough” , with having our share and not caring about anything or anybody else.

Yes, I’m saying we are all egoistic, self-centered, lazy ,cowards, me included  !

It’s a fact , and if you look with an open mind and look at the details you’ll see, as I see.

Even the most social people, holy men, social workers, firemen, Buddhist monks really all of us.

But for the record , it’s ok, that’s human nature! If you look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs , that’s what I mean.  

And this is exactly how we function in an organization as well! First us , than the rest (company, colleagues, not in that particular order.)

When we work in an organization (small and big, which for me is the same because of my fractal thinking) ,we tend to fall back in different , lower, levels when we are confronted with some things we are not used to…So procedures should work with this given fact and not try to punish or neglect these point. And “softskilling”  can help but, please, there are better ways for getting there,.

Have company goals, mission statement and values that are clear to everybody and ACT ALWAYS ACCORDINGLY , don’t stray, don’t devalue , don’t neglect, don’t ignore , and if you need to (because there is a NEED to) communicate that, tell your people why, how and what. I promise you, they will understand… ! and if you wonder the money (budgeting) is the first everybody sees !

Don’t think workers are dumb, even the most idiotic person in your company is going to know when he gets lied to or when he has to do things that are really inefficient ! That’s where you  get structural laziness , alienation and anomy. Where you will provoke conflict, I have a concept named “The heroic fireman” , ask me what it is, I’ll explain, until then , …..

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