Entropy, Learning Styles and the corporate wars LO29511

From: Terry Netto (terry.netto@peoplepotential.com)
Date: 11/14/02

Replying to LO29484 --

In response to Joy (Pixie Delite), AM de Lange wrote:
> When a person
> demands only one style in any human activity, it points to a serious
> impairing of that person's creativity"

One fascinating work (written in a way that palatable to bosses and
corporations) about finding each individual unique style is ''Patterns of
High Performance' by Jerry Fletcher. Fletcher argues that everyone has had
experiences in the past when they produced results that were beyond their
expectations. These instances are indications of that person's 'unique

Joy, you might still have a hard time convincing your immediate boss to
allow for variety and creativity, but perhaps asking him/her to read
Fletcher might make help you case.

Having been the head of a small professional firm with some pretty
creative and strong-willed people for the past 10 years, I have often
found myself in the middle of debates about 'Most Effective Strategies'
(e.g. modeling 'the best' ala Neuro-Linguistic Programming) vs 'Personal
Strategies'. From an organisational point of view, key determinants
include Effectiveness and Efficiency, because of competitive pressures. If
you want a huge empirical study that supports your case for uniqueness,
read 'First Break All The Rules' by Cunningham and someone else. It's a
best-seller and should be available in Hamilton. It's the largest ever
cross-industry study (2,500 business units, 105,000 employees) of
'talented employees' and 'outstanding managers'. You'll love the book.


Terry Netto

> I think that you are completely right for having done it in this way.
> Actually, what you did was to excecute the task in a CREATIVE manner such
> that others could benefit in a CREATIVE manner from it. But what your boss
> wanted was that you should execute the task as a human robot programmed to
> follow his preferances. He was annoyed because he did not succeed in
> programming you as he seemingly did with the other employees.
> It is because of creativity that people exhibits styles in executing any
> activity like learning, promoting, caring and even managing. When a person
> demands only one style in any human activity, it points to a serious
> impairing of that person's creativity. It is usually a direct impairing of
> otherness ("quality-variety"), one of the 7Es (seven essentialities of
> creativity). But it could be also an impairing of one of the other 7Es
> which is reflected in otherness. For example, an imparing in fruitfulness
> ("connect-beget") will show up as the incapacity to deal with other
> varieties of the same species.
[..snip by your host..]


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