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October 31, 2008

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Hi all!

This entry is about the notorious "imperial" word I used last week in the presentation about the comparison of the excellence models....I have to admit I am pleased to see it generated such deep discussions-I have read all the relevant blogs and comments- although it was not my intention... But i like the fact we are a very vivid team passionate about what we are doing at MBE.

Anyway here goes...

First of all I based that comment on this journal:

Of course I looked at other journals and websites, but I was particularly impressed by this one because in implies an unusual meaning of leadership for the Deming Prize...or at least that's what I got out of it..

So to begin with, at one point in the journal it is mentioned that the Deming Prize included at some stage aditional perspectives exclusively for executive senior managers. These  perspectives concentrate  on various areas such as HR and CSR, but what stood out for me was that it talks about vision and strategy... Are these two subjects only a CEO's responsibility?    

Then moving further down, you will find that the journal suggests that according to the Deming Prize "guidlines" top management -leadership- should demonstrate enthusiasm about TQM whilst everyone else will be dealing with the basic categories...

Now about the word imperial.... I used it to describe someone who has supreme authority... I know that sounds a bit absolute....But I think that Deming suggests that the journey towards continuous improvement starts from the top of the pyramid-as Aykut mentions in a comment-  and is forwarded towards the other parts...

Everything must begin from the top management... (?)

I think that Paul told us that when Deming went to Japan he gathered all the top managers and taught them how to think...! Is't this an indication?

I am not trying to jump to conclusions, I just felt that this introduces kind of leadership which is quite different to what we have been discussing all this time...

Finally, I would like to stress out that this information is based on the Deming Prize and might be different to the philosofy of Deming...

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