A new edition of Kirt Cogitations was posted
yesterday, titled, "Refusing to Suffer Fools." It recounts some
of the inane company-philosophy-changing programs I have
experienced at companies over the years. It will probably remind
you of some you have been forced to endure. We'll all be glad to
read your story if you post it here. Thanks.
Refusing to Suffer Fools
Something I was reading the other day reminded me
of the ridiculous antics a few companies I worked for have
performed in an attempt to adopt the attitude du jour on the
proper way to run a business. Probably the most outrageous
example comes from a satellite earth station system design firm
in the last century, but there were other notables.
in the mid-to-late 1990s, the in-vogue practice for companies
was shedding the old ways of doing things - you know, those
things that for most places had worked so well - and adopting a
new philosophy. After all, the world was changing rapidly for
the better; our president even declared "the end of the
traditional business cycle." The chairman of the Fed's
admonition to beware feelings of "irrational exuberance,"
business titans raced forward at full tilt. After all, in such
bountiful times when nothing could go wrong, what would be the
harm in testing any and all new ideas?
From my perspective, it was basically an avant garde
management style that required a new way for employees to think
about themselves and the company. A "new paradigm," it was
called. That word paradigm imposed itself into the lexicon of a
workforce that largely could not even spell "paradigm," let
alone understand its significance. Personally, the word I
associated with the rapidly progressing, omnipresent force was
"dubious." I just never bought into the hype, and did not fully
trust those who did.
... read the rest
- Kirt Blattenberger
RF Cafe Progenitor & Webmaster