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Management Tools: Bag of Tricks or Artisans' Treasure?

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One of the structural flaws of trends or fads is the inflection point, ‘the point where the curve flips over’ (For the numerate[1], as John Allen Paulos would say, the point where the curve changes from concave[2] to convex[3]). Once a movement has enough followers to be the in-thing, it's past time to either revisit our core values and see if we're still on track or apply some energy to get the movement back on track. By their very nature popularizers simplify. These simplifications lose the nuances that are the true hallmarks of mastery defining great leaders. The difference between 95% and 100% is not 5%—it's an order of magnitude, ask anyone in manufacturing, if your own experience doesn't resonate with the truth of that statement.

The majority of us tend to operate in our sphere of comfort, with incremental changes here and there. When a Rock Eel Café Collaboration Coach says that systems thinking is a radical point of view, it has nothing to do with Woodstock[4]. What systems thinking, and other radically novel viewpoints offer for the cost of going through the pain of change is dramatic enterprise-wide improvement, more and better exploitation of technology and the unique ability to free the manager to do her real job: engaging people at the human level in a technology-based process. Remember, we use resources, we treasure people, that's a core industrial engineering axiom, there is nothing soft-hearted or humanistic about it. Machines are cheap. People are priceless, no matter how little Simon Legree[5] currently pays in wages, the lifecycle cost is what we're looking at.

MBWA, or Management by Walking Around[6], works for exactly this reason: it engages people at the human level. It's y.o.u.r.Job, if you don't want to do it, hire someone who does or sell the firm to someone who will. If you don't know how, or are confused about where to start, give us a call, or drop us a line, e-mail or plain ole post.

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1.Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences
2.Concave Example
3.Convex Example
5.Simon Legree
6.Virtual Project Management, the New MBWA

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