Today I’ve been working through dynamics of management. There was an important part about the importance for organisations of challenging their own values, their own well established assumptions.
This is something I’ve seen many times in many organisations. They learn from the past, and their past configure their corporate culture and values, but they somehow think that those are enough to lead them into the future.
And this is not to diminish the value of what they have achieved. It’s like the picture I’ve chosen. This organisation has already gone half-way into the Golden Gate bridge. Could they drive the rest of the bridge only with the rear view mirror?
The answer is yes. But only because the Golden Gate is just an straight line. And you can trust that the future will be identical to the past. So you can even avoid looking forward.
But I’m sure you’ll agree with me that is not the best possible strategy. And in turbulent times in which changes happen almost everyday, looking backwards is just useless. We need to learn from the past, but not to be constrained by it.
Last but not least I’d like to include some words from Harvey Maylor, from a good book he authored on project management.
These are about project management rejection attitudes. What do you think? Sound familiar?
- Ready, shoot, aim!
- Everything is already planned in my head!
- We work at a hectic pace, there is no time for planning
- Project Management? This is just common sense!!
- We tried before and did not work
- This will never work here!!