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The best and the brightest

Guest post by Keith Sparkjoy, vice president of the Sparkjoy Foundation, originally featured as a post at www.keithsparkjoy.com.  Follow this link to listen to our first podcast with Keith. I hear a lot of talk about companies wanting to hire the best and the brightest (I’m going to abbreviate this as BaB for this article). But I wonder if that’s […]

My quest for understanding

Guest post by Keith Sparkjoy, vice president of the Sparkjoy Foundation, originally featured as a post at www.keithsparkjoy.com.   Follow this link to listen to our first podcast with Keith. I’ve been on a quest over the last few years. A quest to understand why the work that I started at a company that I cofounded didn’t quite, […]

Book Review – The Tyranny of Metrics

Guest post by Michael Godfried: planner and policy analyst in Washington State. Jerry Z. Muller’s The Tyranny of Metrics (2018) is a book that I believe Dr. Deming would have surely appreciated. This well-researched book gives an ever timely overview of the history and drivers behind the misuse of metrics that dominate organizational life in […]

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 3 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 […]