Hard Work and Efficient Management = Success? LO28379

From: AM de Lange (amdelange@postino.up.ac.za)
Date: 05/02/02

Replying to LO28347 --

Dear Organlearners,

Glebe Stcherbina <gstc3416@mail.usyd.edu.au> writes:

>Your comments are quite valid in your given
>organization and no doubt many of you staff
>colleagues may feel as you do regarding Complexity
>in Management. However, dealing with issues
>surrounding Crisis in Management, allows managers
>and others to reflect on contingency plans to address
>issues relating to operational plans which can and do
>"go aground." Often enough, it is the strategist who
>looks beyond the horizon and visualizes the worst case
>scenarios for their companies to ensure that operational
>risks are accounted for in a 150% manner.

Greetings dear Glebe,

Than you for your valuable comments.

I do not want to decribe too closely the nature of the organisation. I
felt that many South African organisations of diverse natures have got
into the same dilemma a result of the political situation which has
changed immensely since 1994. The same can happen in other countries. By
observing what is happening in South Africa and trying to find a solution
our minds get prepared to do it again.

I think that roughly a quarter of the organisation is aware that the
organisation is in a crises. Sadly, very few of them know that it is
because the organisation did not adapted sufficiently to the vast social
changes in South Africa since 1994. There was little strategic planning
before 1994 and only now the crises due to it is becoming clear in
tangible terms. The reason for this little strategic planning is that many
in the organisation in those days believed that by staying solid like a
rock will provide anchorage to its members among the coming social changes
in our country. Few could imagine just how vast these changes would become
the past eight years.

This organisation is a classic example of what Senge described in the
Fifth Discipline as the parable of the boiled frog.

With care and best wishes


At de Lange <amdelange@gold.up.ac.za> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa

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