Working Smarter vs. Working Harder LO30243

Date: 06/08/03

Replying to LO30231 --

Steve Randall writes:

>...What candidates that are always present could be useful?
>With this question I hope to start a real inquiry.

I evolved the notion that the average person considers a good day at the
office to be one in which no new bruises are gained. These bruises can be
emotional or intellectual. I do not condone or promote this view.

However, the behaviour of many people in the workplace does make sense
when viewed through this lens. If we approach organizational change
holding this world view, we will consider some of the major constraints to
our objectives.

In a similar vein, numerous studies have indicated that 70% of the people
operate solely in the present, while the alternate time focuses of future,
past and linear each hold 10% each. In fact, there is strong evidence that
suggest that the best operational executives hold a present time view. Yet
the best CEOs hold a linear or future view.

It would be interesting to know what time focus most participants in this
group hold. I know that I view things from a linear perspective, namely
that I am comfortable in past, present and future views. The best change
teams will have a mix of the types.

For example, if all the team are future time focus, who will deal with the
present day fires?

If there is no past focus members, how will we learn from our experience?


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