Working Smarter vs. Working Harder LO30258

From: Ellery July (
Date: 06/13/03

Replying to LO30237 --

Would not economy of effort be more of a result vs. primary basis. I am
not sure you can do it without strategies, skills, and/or relationships
because those are the premise for our experiences. If those items are
excluded what you have is work but not "improvement in work."

Think about it like running - while running in place you can go
slower/faster and get in great shape but you are where you started, which
is OK for many people. You can also run to get somewhere (running to work)
or attain a goal (socializing with friends who run). Continuous
improvement needs to accomplish something bigger then just the work.

ellery july
Director Community Activities and Learning
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The Northwest Area Foundation exists to help communities in our
eight-state region reduce poverty.

>I think the primary basis for "true continuous improvement in work" is
>good old economy of effort -- coupled, of course, with quality of
>product or outcome. Economy of effort addresses management's desire to
>increase productivity and it also addresses the workers' desire to stop
>wasting their time and effort. The trick, as I have come to believe, is
>finding ways of improving the economy of effort that doesn't simply boil
>down to management finding ways of getting rid of workers. What I've
>always found is that the people doing the work know better than anyone
>else where and how they're wasting their time or doing stupid things or
>doing things that don't need to be done at all.

>To repeat, my candidate is "economy of effort."


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