Why onions?

The onion patch strategy! That’s why. In “The Leaders Handbook” by Peter Scholtes, p.390, he gives some guidelines on what to do if you are:

“a lonely little, low-ranking, cubicle-inhabiting, systems-thinking pertunia, trying to introduce the new philosophy of leadership to those rooted in the onion patch of an obsolete managerial philosophy”

Guidelines for the onion patch, all from The Leaders Handbook, it’s great so buy a copy.

  1.  Learn everything you can. At the very least it may be useful in your next job.
  2. Identify the area over which you have influence. Even if it is small, you cna make things happen there.
  3. Identify some priorities. Select some improvement efforts that:
    • help the outside customers
    • help the gemba
    • impress your boss’s boss
    • will prove to be dramatically successful. Don’t pick a loser
  4. Recruit allies. The more people of influence you have who are interested in what you do and who support your effort, the more likely you are to succeed.
  5. Have data. Use data to indicate the validity of your approaches. Use data to describe the current situation and to measure progress. By implication, anyone who disagrees with you should do so on the basis of better data.
  6. Communicate artfully. Let people know what you are doing and how it is going. Do so in multiple, inventive, attention-getting ways.
  7. Don’t argue with those that disagree.  Don’t even seek to persuade those who resist. Be clear about what you want to do and move ahead as far as you can as rapidly as you can. Your success will attract a following.

9 Responses to Why onions?

  1. Dave Kerr says:

    Read this many times. Today it seems like Peter is talking directly to me via ‘thinkpurpose’ – to remind me of all the things I’ve forgotten!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. ThinkPurpose says:

    I read books and regurgitate them, the important thing is to choose the right books.

    Liked by 1 person

    • giantknave says:

      Haha, I was just looking around your site (as I do every now and then) and I read this comment. I think we read and regurgitate the same books! It’s either “great minds think alike” or “fools seldom differ”. Cheers (Squire to the Giants)


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  8. ACastle says:

    Great advice!


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