I am watching the student demonstrations about university fees with interest. Are they self-interested or is this the beginning of an effective political movement?
Zimbabwe kept going. But will UK?
Countries and firms keep going but in spite of the management. It can be hard to get our head around and the results can be surprising.
I tell three stories here. Two ~ I was part of. One ~ I am part of now.
It is counter-intuitive, I know, but taking the problems of each person seriously, for what they are, saves time. The arithmetic doesn’t suggest it, but Year 6 arithmetic is the wrong analytical tool.
It is also lousy psychology and lousy management theory.
Will cuts in the public service lead to creativity and innovation? They might. They could. But will they?
Unless the leadership takes special care, it is much more likely the cuts will lead to the isolation of the leadership.
But this is real life not a text book. What happens is a story that we write with each other. With luck, the leadership understand all this already.
We are at the stage of chattering about cuts. Oops, being consulted about cuts.
I don’t think anyone in UK really wants to know how other people have coped with cuts. But the general discussion reminds me of what I learned elsewhere.
For what it is worth, the first in a four part series.