Dare to be different! : reflections on certain business by James L. Lamprecht

By James L. Lamprecht

Authors Lamprecht and Ricci have pooled their cumulative forty years of consulting in caliber administration and employment in a variety of company environments to chop during the fads and take a difficult examine the real result of sure enterprise practices from the previous few many years. if you would like the reality, this is often the booklet for you. those that wish sugarcoating should still glance in other places. The prior 25 years have visible the global merchandising of ISO 9001, the Six Sigma and lean routine (in their a variety of forms), and plenty of different well known ways. a few are already forgotten or hardly pointed out: Taguchi tools, just-in time, reengineering, TRIZ, thought of Constraints, visible manufacturing unit, etc. as well as those numerous instruments, businesses additionally spend millions of greenbacks on subtle software program courses and source administration instruments. yet regardless of companies regularly trying to re-invent and/or increase themselves, so much are nonetheless being affected by a similar basic questions, resembling tips to encourage humans, maintain non-stop development, steer clear of the over research of an excessive amount of info, lessen the quantity of time spent in conferences, and chorus administration from micromanaging. Why? From worker motivation, risk-taking, and software program to making plans instruments, education, and hiring practices, you ll research why. The authors use their observations of over 500 businesses around the globe to provide their perspectives on what doesn't appear to paintings or paintings rather well. through studying those opinions it truly is was hoping that readers, managers, or maybe CEOs may be moved to change their behavior. integrated for every bankruptcy are certain annotated bibliographies that may be thought of a e-book in the booklet. each one annotated bibliography contains summaries and quotations from various authors that experience through the years saw or another way commented on comparable propositions as these during this booklet

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This in turn leads management to create problem-­solving teams to investigate what went wrong. But in fact, nothing may have gone wrong, as the unacceptable fluctuation in a metric may be caused by a mere random fluctuation. If nothing is wrong and the process is actually in control and stable, the spikes will soon decline and stabilize once again around the average. The managerial habit of constantly wanting to react to (too many) metrics is in direct contradiction to the principles of lean manufacturing.

28. Hannan and Freeman, Organizational Ecology, p. 77. Herbert Simon’s quote is found on page 90. Forty-five years ago, the French sociologist Michel Crozier offered similar comments in his Le phénomène bureaucratique (Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1963, 1985). For example, Crozier observes that “a bureaucratic organization is an organization that cannot correct itself based on its errors” (229). Crozier goes on to suggest that bureaucratic organizations need a crisis to adapt and eventually reorganize themselves (243).

Indd 26 9/14/09 11:07:51 AM Always the Same Management Issues 27 Kids was discussed earlier in the chapter). This practice of generating excessive information has led to some unfortunate and unforeseen consequences. One cannot deny that metrics, when carefully chosen and clearly defined, are valuable. For it is true, as has been observed countless times by innumerable consultants and management gurus, that if you cannot measure a process, you cannot assess or change its status. And yet, would metrics have explained or uncovered the financial debacle that occurred in September 2008?

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