All entries for June 2011

June 27, 2011

Appreciation for the system is lost

We have never learnt to respect the sytem. Never never. . . . I am trying to work in my project. The word trying referes not in perosnal problems (like i want to go to the sea or i want to see my girlfriend) no no, i am more than willing to work on it and i am doing so. However i am trying to write my observation and make the necessary statistical analysis on my PC while the Greek Electricity Provider Company stops providing with electricity the place that i am working.

They react and protest against the new economic reformations of the Greek Goverment. I accept their fear of losing their job. I accept their problems and their fights (i have never said that management is right in that country) but i do not acept the fact that they are terminate electricity provision in the industrial territory of Greece. To make the things worse they industries are open when do that.

Just think how much money was Toyota loosing when they stopped working per hour............... Oh my Gosh

June 25, 2011

I feel depressed. . . . . .

Coming back in my country and I was in front of a great surprise. I was reading in the news papers that the country has problems but I didn?t expect this. The country is devastated. . . Analyzing this situation I tried to understand what is going on. I have spoken with people around the country from every social class so that I can understand all the arguments.

Yesterday I was for dinner with some managers. We started discussing about the crisis. I started speaking about the necessary transformation without giving specific points so that they can argue what they conceive as transformation.

They gave me the following answer

yes we need a transformation, we need to push more the working force that doesn?t work. . . . . We have to reduce their salaries make them fear that they will lose their work so that we can increase the productivity.It came as a shock to me. I have spoken with people from the working class and they were telling “The only thing we want is to work with dignity”.

They argue that people do not work in productivity when the 300 members of the parliament cannot find a common ground so that they can fight united the crisis. Our people were sacrificed in the temple of short term thinking and easy profit which is responsibility of our management. Out people are misused and abused.

Another example came yesterday when I was participating in a meeting within a Greek SME. During the meeting the managing director-owner of the company stood up went to a window to see the production line came back and said:

“We are spending to much time here and the workers on the shopping floor do not work because they do not have someone to force them they are lazy” This reminded me Paul and Graeme who were telling us “When people feel fear they will both hide the mistakes and do what is enough so that the boss will not shout at them. “Someone in Germany called it Management by fear, which is still better” Dr. Edward Deming

June 20, 2011

Working for the application of the project

I am working one week now for the practical part (case study) of my project. While till now I have not discussed in depth the project but I have some free dialogues with in respect to the topic I have noticed the following contradiction. On one hand they understand the need of doing about the topic of the project. . . . . On the other hand when you try to start talking about the best practices identified from the literature you find resistance. When I am thinking of that in my mind comes the father Deming. “Doing your best is not enough” or “The system cannot understand itself”……. He was so f***king right. . . . (Sorry but he was). What I have to say is that I start to realize that conducting transformation to a system it will be more difficult from what we expected to be . . . . . . However MBE has given us all the knowledge that we need so that we can understand ourselves the system and its problems as well as what we have to challenge. . . We love MBE…………… :)

June 03, 2011

SoPK for our PMAs and project………….

I was thinking which is the best way to face a PMA……….. After nine months in MBE when I am trying to answer a question I first look it through the eyes of SoPK (I love it)………………… So the same took place here as well.

What really should happen when we face a PMA are the following four categories of questions. We ask ourselves:

·        “Which are the world theories that have been developed in respect to our PMA¢s topic?” Then we ask ourselves “How this theories could be applied in the specific case of our question so that the cycle of knowledge could be developed and answer the PMA?”

·        What are the differences on the theories out there? Can we understand variation? Are all of them inside the limits or there is a special cause opinion? What the different approaches support and how the special causes- theories break the rules?

·        Can the different theories and contradictions be utilized under the concept of a common system so that they could develop a unite force, despite the differences, that will answer the PMA? How we critically assess and combine those theories so that we can create a complete and homogenous answer?

·        How these theories have been applied and how they have affected people¢s psychology? Did they have positive or negative outcome in their application in respect to the core asset of organizations named people? How this could affect our case?

Of course we should not forget that everything starts with personal transformation and if we are not ready to accept the challenge we will fail despite the correct application of SoPK in our work………

Also by correcting the bias of scale this principles could be applied in our project as well . . . .

Keep on blogging guys we learn a lot from that … … … … ..

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