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How soon is now?

Is it just me? How many of you have been hired for your expertise and then more or less totally ignored? And in how many of your gigs? — Bob Marshall (@flowchainsensei) September 23, 2017 Once upon a time I … Continue reading

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How to make the world seem REEAAALLLY BOORRRIIIING

How to be bored Take a performance report. Get the data out of those damn tables and silly bar graphs. Stick it in a run chart, or a control chart, s’up to you. Look for any actual change over the … Continue reading

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The 2,500 year old lesson everybody ignores cos it’s too hard

Harold MacMillan was once asked, what is most likely to blow governments off course, he replied… Events dear boy, events. And events is what organisations continue to believe will change things, events meaning one off things that happen. When they … Continue reading

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Folk management

How do you think organisations work? This is how Jeremy thinks his boiler works…. This is what a fair few people including me think a boiler works like. Not in as obviously ludicrous way, but  comments I’ve sourced from nearby … Continue reading

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Double Trouble

Originally posted on Squire to the Giants:
There’s a lovely idea which I’ve known about for some time but which I haven’t yet written about. The reason for my sluggishness is that the idea sounds so simple…but (as is often…

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Why killing Sweat Angels is the most valuable work I do all day

Most readers of this blog probably sit behind a desk all day, like me. Sipping tea in nice surroundings with nice people. They don’t have to push a mop around the floor cleaning up after others. Dreaming about the dignity … Continue reading

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The Varieties of Human Work

Originally posted on Humanistic Systems:
Understanding and improving human work is relevant to most people in the world, and a number of professions are dedicated to improving human work (e.g. human factors/ergonomics, quality management, industrial/work/organizational psychology; management science). The trouble…

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