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Utopia: Next Stop or Last Stop?

Post by Bill Bellows Sir Thomas More was not the first person, nor the last, to disagree with King Henry VIII. His last serious conflict, refusing to attend the coronation of Anne Boleyn as the Queen of England in 1533, was interpreted as a snub against Anne. From this episode, More’s enemies organized efforts to […]

Command-and-Control Management Style delivers the wrong message

Guest post by Lori Fry, originally featured as a post at https://dignityatworkproject.com/    Follow this link to listen to our first podcast with Lori. My son, Ben, was written up at work for calling off so he could evacuate Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma’s landfall.  You can read about it in The Washington Post.  Seriously. Irma – a […]

Fixing Education: A Model That Works by Bette Moen

Guest post by John Hunter. This webcast shows Bette Moen’s presentation, Fixing Education: A Model That Works, at the 2012 Annual Deming Conference. Bette is the founder and director of Cedar Crest Academy. Cedar Crest pays close personal attention to each student and adjusts the system to their needs and strengths. The system is adapted […]

What to think when things do not add up…

Post by Bill Bellows “The efforts of the various divisions in a company, each given a job, are not additive.   Their efforts are interdependent.” W. Edwards Deming, The New Economics In the summer of 2005, I attended a conference which featured Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, as the opening keynote speaker.   Welch […]

Standardization With a Systems View Allows Creativity to Flourish

Guest post by John Hunter We all benefit from standardization every day. We can plug our devices into a wall outlet and power them. We can get a replacement battery and have it work as expected. We can type on the keyboard without thinking because the keys are the same on each keyboard. We can […]

Management is Prediction

This guest post is an excerpt from Ed Baker’s book (pages 47-48), The Symphony of Profound Knowledge, which was created in partnership with Aileron.org.   Find a recent interview with Ed on the topic of this blog post at this link. Deming’s criterion of knowledge is whether it helps us to predict and not whether we discover truth, […]

Drawing Lines

Post by Bill Bellows “The boundary of the system to be described…may be drawn around a single company or, around an industry, or as in Japan in 1950, the whole country.  The bigger be the coverage, the bigger be the possible benefits, plus the more difficult to manage.  The aim must include plans for the […]

The System of Profound Knowledge Applied to Sales and Marketing

Guest post by John Hunter. This webcast shows Steve Haedrich’s presentation, The System of Profound Knowledge Applied to Sales and Marketing, at the 2015 Deming Research Seminar. Steve is the President of New York Label & Box Works. Steve discussed the importance of understanding the strengths of your organization and remembering that more sales is […]

“Nailed it.” A lesson in overcoming project complexity

Guest post by Lori Fry, originally featured as a post at https://dignityatworkproject.com/    Follow this link to listen to our first podcast with Lori. When your project shows signs of trouble, go basic first. It was Benjamin Franklin and not 70’s musician Todd Rundgren who first admonished us to pay attention to the basics or be willing to […]

The Transformation from School Based Learning to Lifelong Learning

Guest post by John Hunter. This webcast shows Bjarne Wig’s presentation, The Transformation of Learning, at the 2015 Deming Research Seminar. See Bjarne’s research paper that forms the basis of the talk: The Transformation of Learning at the Work Place. Educational institutions are becoming dinosaurs with regard to the need for continuous learning. The entire […]