"The Next Information Revolution" - Peter F. Drucker LO19721

Scott Simmerman (SquareWheels@compuserve.com)
Mon, 2 Nov 1998 12:26:23 -0500

Replying to LO19708 --

Dave K posts

>Sad, too, is how much "wasted" energy is expended by people "creating" or
>"discovering" what has already been identified by someone else, rather
>than determining what exists and trying to build upon that. Your examples
>point to that, and I would wager than each of us -- at least in the
>business world -- have more than one personal experience that has taught
>this lesson (in which we were either the "victim" or the "perpetrator").
>I wonder how many times in history existing knowledge has been
>re-invented. (Still, that's what happens without communication.) And, to
>counter my own argument, maybe that's all that can happen at any level --
>molecular to universal -- as part of the self- emergent process of life.

Sad, maybe. But also essential, methiniks.

Recognize that a fundamental aspect of any real improvement is ownership.
That "wasted energy" can also be fundamental to people developing the
ownership needed to take the risks and implement improvement or develop
new products.

"Nobody ever washes a rental car."

And if a certain amount of energy is used to create something of perceived
value, than the energy may have been well-spent.

I, too, believe that "The Round Wheels are already in the wagon." But
I've also learned the important lesson that people need to go through
their own discovery process rather than simply being told The Answer.

At the same vein, coaching works better when we lead people to discover
their own strengths and possibilities rather than simply telling (often
felt as "yelling") them what aspects of their performance needs

Guess it is all about balance, once again,


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