Archive for December, 2011

So You Want To Create A Brave New World? Here’s Some Inspiration

The following tips are in no way scientifically proven but might yet be worth the try. I hope you find them useful.

  • Tip 1: respectfully say bye to traditional (red ocean, greed-centered) strategy schools, say hi to (blue ocean) society oriented strategies.
  • Tip 2: respectfully say bye to traditional power- or  status oriented (Taylor-“made”) management schools, say hi to “tailor-made” schools that focus more on organizing people rather than on managing people.
  • Tip 3: respectfully say bye to efficiency as a primary goal, say hi to effectiveness as a primary goal
  • Tip 4: respectfully say bye to common fears that block true renewal (fear of isolation, fear of incompetence, fear of inconsistence, fear for imperfection, fear of separation, fear of ignorance, fear of complexity, fear for loss of control, fear for learning, fear for letting go the past etc. and say hi to their powerful counterparts such as love, respect, learning culture etc.
  • Tip 5: respectfully say bye to traditional sharing strategies (greed, egoism, selfishness) and say hi to joyful sharing strategies
  • Tip 6: respectfully say bye to innovation strategies aiming at free markets and say hi to strategies aiming at societal goals markets
  • Tip 7: respectfully say bye to old style thinking and doing and say hi to new style thinking and doing
  • Tip 8: respectfully say bye to fakeness and dishonesty and say hi to authenticness and honesty
  • Tip 9: respectfully say bye to traditional scarcity thinking and say hi to abundance thinking
  • Tip 10: respectfully say bye to rational (or scientifically proven) decision making and say hi to (spiritual) decision making based on your intuition and your heart

Ofcourse you don’t need to say goodbye to all the above, but a better balance wouldn’t hurt our society. So Good Luck and please let me know what worked for you. 


How Fear Feeds The Spiral of Silence and What You Can Do About It

What do you think about the picture of the two trees that together “embed” a woman’s face? Picture source here. I think it’s a beautiful example of how creativity can work. I stumbled upon it when googling “creativity spiral”. It inspired me to write this post. And I thought to link the topic to the Spiral of Silence and how that relates to fear. Now what’s this about the spiral of silence? What exactly is it and how does it relate to fear? Wikipedia says the following: “…it’s the spiral of silence that begins with fear of reprisal or isolation, and escalates from there. The fear of isolation is the centrifugal force that accelerates the spiral of silence…”  What is boils down to is that public opinion and how that is influenced by the mainstream media influences a lot of people who “go with the flow” and this follow the spiral of silence. Wikipedia says: “…The mass media have an enormous impact on how public opinion is portrayed, and can dramatically impact an individual’s perception about where public opinion lies, whether or not that portrayal is factual…” The power of public opinion can be overwhelming, for example 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong. Or lots of (main stream) media shout that we’re going to the Cloud so that must be true, isn’t it? So even if you don’t believe the public opinion, chances are that fear of not following the public opinion puts you in a minority position. And a lot of people fear to be in minority. They rather keep silent than become a minority position. So then you become almost automatically part of the spiral of silence. Now what could you do about it? Well, in fact it’s quit simple. If fear is the dominant driving force that puts you into the spiral of silence, next time, try to reduce it’s impact by exercising the opposite of fear: Love. It’s that simple. Good luck!

How Will You Enter the New Era: as a Guided Tour or as an Expedition?

Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, Corcovado Nationalpark BilderDieses Foto von Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge wurde von TripAdvisor zur Verfügung gestellt. We are entering a new Era, and even if we do not really want to, it will happen anyway. There are lots of opinions and visions out there on how this is either going to take place or how some people think it should or must take place. But what do you think? Will we enter this new era and be led on a guided tour or will this be an expedition for each and every one of us? An expedition that everyone can take in it’s own preferred pace, given the Universal Law of Free Will? Or will it be the main governments and large corporations that will guide us and decide the overall pace?

Time For You To Press The F5 button: Leaving the Taylor-made Era, Entering the Tailor-made Era

Taylor with his principles of Scientific Management has helped us get where we are today. Many organizations adopted his theory and tried it out in practice. Many succeeded but also many failed. But if you look at the crises the world is in, one can see that Taylor hasn’t really helped us stay out of them. So there’s time for a reboot. We need to press the F5 key and rethink management techniques. We should become aware that The Taylor-made era lies behind us and a new, I call it “tailor-made” era lies before us. In this new era, the focus could be increasingly less on efficiency to the extreme or as the dominant Business driver, and refocus more on supporting “tailor-made” innovations that benefit more people, more focus on effectiveness instead of efficiency. So increasingly lesser focus on supporting the greed culture by techniques such as cost reductions to the extreme and more focus on helping each other out, given the major challenges we face as a society. So the Dutch word “samenleving”  which literally translated becomes “living together” should be taken more seriously and lived up to it’s original expectations. We should become aware that we live on this earth to help each other, giving things to each other and make things beneficial for the human race as a whole, not for only specific groups of people…

Daredevils are Angels – Do You Agree?

One of the effects of the crises is that you can see more and more mavericks or daredevils standing up speaking out freely. They are often the people that think indepedently, in a non-conformistic way. They challenge The System as it is now. They are actively looking for ways to renew it or they discuss about it and inspire others. They are the ones that dare to challenge The System because they see it is not truly viable anymore. So maybe we don’t need to call them daredevils, mavericks, non-conformists, radical thinkers or the like. Instead, we should call them Angels because that’s what they really are. They’ve come to rescue our society by helping us rethinking The System so it becomes Viable again.  And they earn a great applaude for their courage. And they need our full support to prevent the Galileo Galilei syndrome happening (sending Galileo to prison because he challenged the dogma that the earth stood still).

How You Can Prevent Dominance By Using a Yin/Yang Approach

In often use one of my favorite summaries: People First | Inspire & Inspiration | Intuitive & Rational | Complex & Simple | Abstract & Concrete | Line & Circle | Visualizing & Humor. It’s easy to see that there’s a lof of Yin/Yang in there. That’s because I like balancing these (often seemingly) counterparts, preventing there’s dominance in either of the two and integrating them where relevant. Or use them to support dialogs with People that do not (yet) see these viewpoints. I believe People should come first. That’s why that one is in front of my summary. My People first mantra doesn’t have a Yin counterpart because that would imply one could put (for example) organizations above People. I believe People allways should come first and all the rest should be subordinate to that. You can read a nice story how a Japanese firm reinvented itself by designing goals that make it’s employees happy which makes customers and partners happy which makes society, country and the world happy. A nice example of how it can be done! So we need to reinvent the way society has organized itself. Putting People first is allways a good idea. It helps! And it puts the Yin/Yang back in place where it should be. And it prevents dominance, for example financial dominance which has helped our world get into the crises we are now in. So I appeal to every reader of this blog to take own responsbility to put People in your environment first. Use your left and right brain as it it were a Yin/Yang pair. Don’t let the ratio outweigh the intuition. Happy landing!

From Key Performance Indicator to Key Information Performance – You Can Do It Also!

Developing thoughts on performance management lead me to write down some of the essentials in the following (Dutch language) statement: “from KPI-patient to KIP-lekker”. Ofcourse everyone knows KPI: it’s Key Performance Indicator. And KIP is literally translated: Chicken. So the Dutch word “KIP-lekker” triggered me to find a meaning for the “KIP” acronym that fit to the context. I choose to translate KIP into Key Information Performance. And then the next statement idea was born: “from Key Performance Indicator to Key Information Performance”, perfectly in sync with it’s “parent” statement “from KPI-patient to KIP-lekker“. This lead me to think about some things in new ways. Maybe it’s the way we should rethink how we want to “control” performance in organizations. We now generally put focus on performance as being the ultimate goal to monitor. This inspires people working  in organizations to monitor the performance by for example measuring it in processes, or balanced scorecards or whatever alternative you can come up with. But what would happen if we started to focus more on measuring Information instead of measuring Performance? And to be more specific: measuring Key Information? This would require another mindset: making sure that the Key Information you exchange is oke and (obvious?) exactly knowing what you exchange. And how you do that (the performance) becomes then less interesting. Suppose you enable this with some smart techniques and technologies to measure information exchanges instead of techniques and technologies for process performance you could also make internal governance processes, analytics, scorecards etc. probably simpler or organize them another way. It’s in fact another way of thinking: from process-dominant to information-dominant. You’d have to refocus balance between investments from processes to information (and it’s underlying data). I think it could make a real huge difference if we embedded this thinking in the ways we design (enterprise) architectures and value networks/value chains. But ofcourse it’s not so easy to give up reliable current methods/techniques for something new. But on the other hand, I think the timing to innovate in these areas has arrived.  Creative Commons License
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