Hard Work and Efficient Management = Success? LO28428

From: Jan Lelie (janlelie@wxs.nl)
Date: 05/07/02

Replying to LO28418 --

Dear fellow travellors, Jim,

The razor blade edge of chaos approaches (chaos again) again, and i
wonder: why do we not see now what will be obvious later and how will they
explain our blindness - later - for what - after all - was right under our
nose? Perhaps it is because we keep ourselves in the dark. Knowing good
and evil also implies a heavy responsability. Better keep the evil in the
closet, so we can excuses ourselves, "i didn't see, didn't hear, didn't
know". Better travel at night and sleep during the day.

Indeed At, doesn't your subject line says:
 /_\F = W , hard, efficiently managed work = 100% success.

I now see that your question lacks one question mark: '"Hard Work and
Efficient Management = Success?"?' and we're invited to search for an
answer on both questions.

I'm tempted to write: "the law of entropy production moves in strange
ways" . Yesterday i had a conversation with a Dutch organisation that used
to called "Stichting Nederlandse Vrijwilligers" - Foundation of Dutch
Volunteers". I prefer the name "vrij-williger", free-willower, over
volunteers. In the sixties, they arranged for young people to work in -
for lack of a better name - poor countries. They went out of their own
free will, so they were paid small wages. Nowadays, they told me, they do
not send "vrij-willigers" to - for lack of a better name - third world
countries. They send professionals. And for higher wages, but still not as
high as in modern corporations. Now they call themselves SNV. Slowly, they
said, they are changing again, into an organisation that works with local
consultants who are taught to create or increase the capacity to be
self-supporting in - for lack of a better name - developing countries .
They will be calling themselves "Netherlands Development Organisation". So
we moved from volunteers to professionals to local consultants.What will
the next step be? Will the poor countries be called: "self-developing"
countries and will the SNV cease to be? Will the vrij-willigers return?
Will the capacity for self-sustainment grow and stop the need for
professinal consultants? Or will we realize that the differences in
development (including hunger, poor infrastructure, pollution, low
education etc.) grew from a root that was placed in the dark side of our
soul? The idea that success means succeeding = being better than another
thing of person.

Perhaps the redefinition of the paradigm shift lies in the success of
success: our success sucks, (success has four "s-ss, counting the second c
as a s: it sounds like a leak balloon) our notion of success is based on
the idea that only one can have a cake or eat it. Success allows us to
feel good, to be better, to become more and thereby suppress our negative
("bad") feelings even more. Perhaps highly successful people are also full
of wrong, bad and negative feelings that they do not care to admit. (What
was that movie called, Wall Street? With Michael Douglas as.. Geko?)

Perhaps it is indeed the accounting system (= ways of perceiving reality)
that needs revisioning: not only the positive posts (profit, employee
satisfaction, market growth, customer response, social acheivements) but
also the negative results should on the balance sheet and show how the
imbalance has been used to ... learn.

Learning, after all, is the most inefficient process i can think of:
learning from mistakes, errors, omissions, poor quality, lateness, failure
to perform spelling errors .. brrr. Learning is a blind process, because
you will not know what you will learn before hand (teaching is a different
matter, when teaching the taught are told what they'll learn), not even
the learned, the experienced learners know what they'll learn next.

So the characteristics of a Learning Organisation will be: relative low on
efficiency, poor leadersship (in preventing errors, in strategy against
the competitor), spare time (1 day in every 7 days) for reflection,
refeulling and feed-back, always worrying about the environment, fun and
feasts that certainly do not add value, free wilLOwers who earn less,
unexpected results, planning as a means of communicating between parties,
local for local or local for global, but not global, no retirement schemes
(you're not being paid enough), free cakes (! w've got them!), hard work
and no efficient but sufficient management. O yes, and no prices!

I'm pretty sure there'll be life, but it will not be life as we know it,

Gnnnnn hihihi,


Alfred Rheeder wrote:

> Energy In (calories) = Energy Out (calories)
> It is closely related to Free Energy (F). It is a fact
> that the Law of Energy Conservation (LEC) is applicable to Energy (E). It
> is also a fact that the Law of Energy Conservation (LEC) is NOT applicable
> to Free Energy (F).

> I developed an interest in TOC (Theory of
> Constraints) and was often in those days engaged in interesting
> conversation with a friend of mine who has worked with Eli Goldratt.

> The hard work = success formed part of our cost accounting paradigm.


With kind regards - met vriendelijke groeten,

Jan Lelie

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