December 07, 2008

Good sense, organizations and people

Submitted my CBE PMA. Good feeling, glad I did and glad I worked on it. It is a good feeling to deliver something that took a lot of honest effort.

I few things that came to my mind while working on it.

My father is a very religious person, very catholic. But he has a very nice approach to it, he understands faith is an individual questions and that each on of us must deal with it in a personal way. So we all (me, my 2 brothers and my sister) had the option to go or not this way (and so far, none of us did). But there is something he always says. It does not matter if you follow or not an organised religion as long as you love each other the same way you love yourself. It`s a beautiful thing. But sometimes not so easy to apply. Once I had a doubt about how to apply it on a specific situation, I came to him and discussed the matter. I remember he saying he could not decide for me, he could not say what to do, but that I should not forget the rule of love and I should use common sense when using it.

This common sense thing became part of me. Years later I was in the university learning economy, and after a time I realized that except by the jargons and very specific thing economy, like pretty much any other science, is a matter of common sense. I had the opportunity to teach it and always said that to my students, when in doubt, common sense.

Now, finnaly CBE. When giving a closer look at change management, organisational culture, continuous improvement and above all EFQM we find out it is all above common sense. It`s something special to say that when changing something you should put all the involved people to participate? It`s something new to understand that when going in a specific direction all the processes involved on it should be aligned in that direction? But that`s all in the material we found. Human beings are funny, we know what we should do when we stop and think, we know what is common sense, we know that what is called "common sense" is called that way because lots of people in lots of situations have taken that direction and decision so that it became a COMMON decision and logic, a tested and proved choice. But we still behave wrongly quite frequently and need studies, frameworks, models, theories to do it. Human, very human.

One last think. Common sense is good, but is not all. Sometimes we have to try something different, to break common sense, to go further, to innovate. The problem is knowing when and how. That`s why we have geniuses with major successes, and dumb people with major failures. The difference between brilliantly going beyond common sense and sadly falling by not respecting it, is success.


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  1. Sue

    But how do we measure success? Take two brothers I know, one had a successful job in the city and one his own selling business which he operated online. To all intents and purposes the one in London was thought by most to be the most successful but due to the recession, the bubble burst and he lost his job whereas the one who appeared to have by far the most precarious means of earning a living is reeling in the benefits of the downturn in the economy. Which leads me on to my next question: “Should we measure success in terms of monetry gain at all?”

    Once we lived next to a family who had started with very little and worked hard as market traders to become quite well off. They were an extended family and known in the local community as rough diamonds (the term “wide boys” was often mentioned) but one thing about them always impressed me, they were always nice to each other (living next door I was able to tell over the years) and so I always told anyone who said anything to the contrary that I knew they were good people.

    07 Dec 2008, 18:54

  2. “It does not matter if you follow or not an organised religion as long as you love each other the same way you love yourself. It`s a beautiful thing.”--

    Such a beautiful thought…...

    and congrats on finishing your pma :).......it does feel good after putting in so much effort

    07 Dec 2008, 19:31

  3. Sue,

    How to measure success? There is not numeriic way to do so, but certainly one could say that achieving a desired point is success. If your dream, your objective is to be rich, then you are able to measure it in money. If it is to raise a healthy family and you do so, that is also success. Of course it is subjective and individual, but that`s is to only way to ” measure” it.

    08 Dec 2008, 17:36

  4. Sue

    Generally successful, in that case.

    08 Dec 2008, 22:13

  5. fishing tackle

    Success is very rarely measured truly in life only after you have gone. If you are missed you have made an impact during your time. Your success can only be measured int he minds of others.

    08 Jan 2009, 14:02


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