Russ Ackoff once again does a great job of providing insight into management. I highly recommend A Little Book of f-Laws where Ackoff, with Herbert Addison and Sally Bibb, present 13 common sins of management, such as:
See: Deming’s thoughts on unknown and unknowable figures. A book with over 80 management flaws (er I mean f-Laws) will be published in January – you can even submit your own.
It is more difficult to define what we want than what we do not want. Nevertheless, a ‘getting rid of’ strategy is a cop out. Great gains are seldom made easily. Therefore, it is important for managers to know what they would have if they could have whatever they wanted.
The most effective way of creating the future is by closing or reducing the gap between the current state and the idealized design.
Have your own f-Law? Submit your f-Law and you could win fame and a splendid prize”
“f-Laws are are truths about organizations that we might wish to deny or ignore – simple and more reliable guides to managers’ everyday behaviour”