Management Blog Posts From August 2006

De-motivation Poster

Here are a few posts from the Curious Cat Management Blog back in 2006.

  • Distort the System by focusing on data improperly – “When people mistake the data proxy for the thing to improve… they focus on improvement of how the data looks not of the system. That is the wrong strategy.”
  • Eliminate Slogans – Text from the poster: “If a pretty poster and a cute saying are all it takes to motivate you, you probably have a very easy job. The kind robots will be doing soon.”
  • Global Economic Data on Manufacturing Value Added by Country – “The United States is by far the largest manufacturing economy and USA manufacturing continues to grow faster than global manufacturing. Manufacturing employment… is decreasing globally while manufacturing output continues to increase globally.”
  • Improving the 401(k) System – “The employee still has the option to decline doing so, but now, without such a choice, they will automatically save for retirement. Great news”
  • Patent Review Innovation – The patent system is broken in the USA. And the USA is trying to force the rest of the world to adopt these bad policies. I even added this as one of my 2 additions to Deming’s Seven Deadly Diseases. Also from August, 2006: Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation.
  • Complicating Simplicity – “Their focus is on designing interfaces that allow people to work effectively on computers – similar, I think, to designing factories to let people work effectively.”
  • Dangers of Extrinsic Motivation – “relying on extrinsic motivation to drive performance is an abdication of management.”
  • Senge and Deming – focusing on the Forces of Destruction, from the New Economics.
  • See more management posts from July 2006, June 2006, all of 2006.

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