Over the years I have trained a few of my dogs using different techniques. I started out with the Carrot & Stick method. It worked great. My dog did exactly what he needed to do when and only if I gave him a command. There was only one little disadvantage: he was constantly frightened and only did things when I asked him to. He had a lot of fear to initiate something himself, so he was constantly waiting for a command. Then I went to another training school where the carrot & stick method was strictly forbidden. Here we had to train our dogs using the Attention method.
And that also worked. It took much longer time to train however. But in the end my dog followed my allmost blindly and had a lot of fun already. The anxiety was gone, but the self initiative wasn’t still there. That was because we never trained our dogs to “think” out complex situations for themselves. We did that for them. So they never had incentive to improve their own capabilities. And so they developed what you could call “learned helplessness”. And then this training school stopped and I decided to look for another school.
There they taught me again a new technique, based on Selfreliance. Here I learned in the beginning to develop “angels” patience, give my dog a lot of attention and guide her exercise by exercise, learning her to think out most parts of the exercices herself. In the beginning it looked as if it was taking ages, but sooner than I thought, I saw my dog having lots of fun. She increasingly started taking inititives herself as soon as she understood the core meaning of an exercise . So now I am at the level that I only need to guide her a little bit. We’re both much happier now and are constantly thinking and practicing newer, complexer exercises. I can recommend this approach to everyone. It worked for me.
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…
Taylor’s Scientific Management theory has some flaws. As long as the growth ceiling was far away it was able to help us get more or less where we are now. So respect for that. But now that the economic growth is stalling, even Taylor’s methods won’t prevent us getting into worldwide crises. So the time to switch over to new techniques that are more suited for the long tail (more specific) is here. More and more people now see the need to change and some have good ideas how to, for example using Steve Dennings Radical Management. But how do you switch from Taylor’s self-reinforcing and interlocking principes to those of Dennings? Seth Godin has some nice tips. And don’t forget Jurgen Appelo and the initiative of the Stoos Gathering. Finally, if we add Love and/or mutual Trust we must have some mighthy useful ingredients to get things really stirring up. Right?