Contacting the Sweet Spot

Never been a fan of management metrics – it’s all too easy for lazy managers to measure what is easy to count, and not deal with what really matters. Even Einstein said “not all that counts can be counted”. However this Forbes piece by James Slavet nails five valuable “metrics” worth assessing subjectively – starting … Continue reading “Contacting the Sweet Spot”

Introducing Mary Parker-Follett

I mentioned Mary Parker-Follett to Euan Semple in a comment on one of the posts linked below. Rather than pollute Euan’s blog with some tangential detail, I thought I’d write a longer post here and simply trackback to Euan’s blog. Preamble My agenda takes in some mystical & pragmatic, monist metaphysics, which can seem a … Continue reading “Introducing Mary Parker-Follett”

Mary Parker Follett

Recently read Pauline Graham’s compilation of the works of Mary Parker Follett “The Prophet of Management“. Generally considered by a host of modern management gurus to have written the final word on many important management subjects, back in the 1920’s, when she became well known through her writing, lecturing and consulting. She is often cited … Continue reading “Mary Parker Follett”

Perm two from three

Matt Whyndham on project management trade-off of time vs scope / budget / quality. How true. Also from Matt, this one on the trade-off between rational planning and free space for innovation. From David Anderson at Agile Management quoting Peter Drucker’s explantion of why planning conflicts with organisational aims, unless you’re running a production line. … Continue reading “Perm two from three”