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Encouraging Organizational Learning

Guest post by Lori Fry, Principal with Navigator Management Partners, originally featured as a post at https://dignityatworkproject.com/.    Follow this link to listen to our first podcast with Lori. Writer’s block – the struggle is REAL.  People who know me will insist that I’m rarely at a loss for words – so what gives?  Thankfully, I had a […]

Learning to Discern – Quality & Quantity

Post by Bill Bellows, Deputy Director, The Deming Institute. The basic problem anywhere is quality.   What is quality?   A product or a service possesses quality if it helps somebody and enjoys a good and sustainable market. W. Edwards Deming When our daughter, Allison, was about 4 years old, she joined me for a quick ride to the […]

Instant Karma! and Instant Pudding!

Post by Bill Bellows, Deputy Director, The Deming Institute. The first step is transformation of the individual.  The individual, transformed, will perceive new meaning to his life, to events, to numbers, to interactions between people. W. Edwards Deming In January 1970, John Lennon returned to the UK from a holiday in Denmark, inspired by a series […]

Transformation Paradox

This guest post is an excerpt from Ed Baker’s book (pages 31-32), The Symphony of Profound Knowledge, which was created in partnership with Aileron.org. Managers in business, school administrators, and teachers may believe that they have to grade, rate, and rank, to manage by numbers and use other traditional methods because these are necessary to do their […]

Command-and-Control Management Style delivers the wrong message

Guest post by Lori Fry, Principal with Navigator Management Partners, 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 […]

What to think when things do not add up…

Post by Bill Bellows, Deputy Director, The Deming Institute. “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 […]

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 […]

“Nailed it.” A lesson in overcoming project complexity

Guest post by Lori Fry, Principal with Navigator Management Partners, 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 […]