“When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing — they believe in anything.” G.K. Chesterton
Anything goes when purpose isn’t there to tie everyone to reality. There’s no fad too superficial, no gimmick too glib, no novelty too silly. When purpose has gone the criteria is what feels good not what is good.
The same goes for this blog.
The purpose of it is “blog about systems thinking. Deming and Vanguard…about ME doing it, an amateur…It is about the onion patch and doing guerilla systems thinking..I am an amateur trying things out, one with little experience and too much book learning.”
But at work I am not “doing guerilla systems thinking“, or “trying things out”, I’m a Policy Officer if you didn’t know by now. We don’t do useful or real things, preferring to stick to paper-space rather than the messy world of meat-space.
I still type stuff here, as it’s enjoyable, but it is not the same as purposeful. So until I start doing something systemsy, if I want to type things into a blog I should be typing it into a different blog. When/if I do get the chance to start doing something systemsy, I’ll come back here and type about it. Ideally that would be next week but I doubt it as it has been almost two years since I’ve had a beneficial effect on core council services, i.e. the purpose of the council, so don’t hold your breath that the next post will be next week.
I’ve tried to do things to bring systemsy stuff to managers attention, and I will try to keep on doing it. The problem is there is so much noise in Local Governement. Just from people sitting around me we are bombarding managers with “GIVE ME YOUR QUARTERLY PERFORMANCE UPDATE”, “GIVE ME YOUR POSITION STATEMENT”, “HERE IS AN INFORMATION STRATEGY I WANT YOUR FEEDBACK FOR”.
Add in the noise from initiatives from Human Resources, Finance, Legal, the political side, THEN add in the “normal” noise and demands from being, say, a manager in charge of vulnerable kids who need protecting from nasty people or themselves. THEN add in a continually reducing budget. That is a lot of noise. What are the chances that more noise will make a manager prick up their ears?
Seth Godin has a story about a purple cow.
So if MY cow is purple enough, some manager somewhere might be dissatisfied enough and curious enough to take a closer look.
Or not, as the case may be, The odds are against it.