Litmus test

Here is a litmus test. Read this link from Bloomberg Businessweek.  What do you think when you read:

  • I wanted a happy culture. So I fired all the unhappy people.”
  •  “If you want an innovative team, you simply can’t include victims. Fire the victims.”
  • “You deserve the staff you get. Terminate the nonbelievers.”
  • “You don’t want the victims, nonbelievers, or know-it-alls. It is up to you to make sure they take their anti-innovative outlooks elsewhere.”

If ever you’re worried that you haven’t “got” what systems thinking is about, read the above. You’ll know soon enough.

Keep systems thinking, and have a lovely day!

Terminate the non-believers!

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2 Responses to Litmus test

  1. Mark Baker says:

    Oh dear. Innovative idiots. What a way to treat people.


  2. John Liddle says:

    This is exactly the thinking that lies behind racism, fascism, ethnic cleansing and all those other horrors that demand conformity to a belief or a style. Margaret Thatcher’s “is he one of us?” was the same thing. Purge the non-conformers! The approach is superficially appealing, especially to those who believe in quick fixes, but profoundly stupid and counterproductive.

    One of the best books on management I ever read was Robert Townsend’s Up the Organisation. He was told when he became CEO of Avis that the people were rubbish and his first job would have to be a major cull. In fact he took the company from obscurity to world number two using almost everyone he inherited. Same people, different manager, different approach, very different results.


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