Deming on Management: Appreciation for a System

Deming Institute

Guest post by John Hunter , author of the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog (since 2004). This is the fourth post in our “Deming on Management” series. Edwards Deming’s ideas on management. The view of an organization as a system by W.

Management Improvement System Flavors

Curious Cat

Lean thinking Management agile management ASQ Influential Voices management systemASQ has asked their Influential Voices to explore the question “Is Agile the new Lean?”

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Time Management Systems

Survive Your Promotion

I was planning to put together a post reviewing a few of the major trends in time management systems. Instead I did a quick search and found a great article which describes in detail some of the major systems out there. Survive Your Promotion!

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The System is the Secret

Kevin Eikenberry

It isn’t new and it isn’t sexy, but that secret is systems. The post The System is the Secret appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. Leadership & Supervisory Skills management systems

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HR Benchmark Report: How to Recruit, Coach & Develop Teams

Do you really want a team of all-stars? Instead of trying to hire all Type A high performers, research shows it’s much more effective to hire a mix of personalities. In this report, Paycor will explain why and how to go about assembling, coaching, and developing effective teams at work.

Stack Ranking Performance Management Systems

Let's Grow Leaders

Plus, I had […] The post Stack Ranking Performance Management Systems appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. My boss’ voice was visibly shaken on the other end of the phone.

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Why Your Business Needs Workforce Management Systems

Strategy Driven

Workforce management systems are some of the most revolutionary features that can handle everything online from HR to hour registration and scheduling with one single tool. The workforce management system pays for itself through the savings you make from reducing labor costs.

Why Enterprise Resource Planning Systems Work

Lead Change Blog

This business process management software makes it easier to manage a complex business because integrated applications help automate a number of back office functions and coordinate all operations. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a billion dollar business for good reason.

Star Systems Hurt Employee Engagement

Michael Lee Stallard

The prevalence and extreme nature of star systems today contribute to widespread employee disconnection and disengagement. They are either a part of senior management or on track to move up the organization’s hierarchy. This system makes most employees feel like second-class citizens.

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The “String” Theory of Systems Management in Schools

Deming Institute

Might this proverb apply to systems leadership in schools, as well? Is “tunefulness” the optimal state for a system to best achieve its desired results? How might a leader promote a “tuneful harmony” so that the system that is neither too tightly or loosely “strung?”.

Design the Management System with an Appreciation for Confirmation Bias

Curious Cat

To create strong organizations we must create management systems using an appreciation of psychology. Management Psychology critical thinking culture management managing people organization as a system respect for people robust

Integrating Technical and Human Management Systems

Curious Cat

ASQ has asked the Influential Voices on quality management to look at the question of integrating technical quality and human management systems. How do different systems—technical or human—work together? without an appreciation for the organization as a system.

Is LinkedIn A Viable Stand-Alone CRM System?

Strategy Driven

The debate over whether or not LinkedIn is a viable stand-alone CRM system is an often discussed issue in business. On the one hand, some believe that you need to integrate it with an existing CRM system in order to get the best of both worlds.

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What is a system?

Deming Institute

Deming took this one step further by postulating that every system must have an aim. Many systems evolve without their “designers” consciously thinking about an aim, but you can often reverse-engineer the aim of a system by studying its makeup and the outcomes it’s producing.

Ackoff on Systems Thinking and Management

Deming Institute

Guest post by John Hunter , author of Management Matters: Building Enterprise Capability. Then he discusses the importance of understanding systems and why that requires a different type of thinking (synthesis). … The result of analysis of a system is knowledge.

Ackoff on Systems Thinking and Management

Deming Institute

Guest post by John Hunter , author of Management Matters: Building Enterprise Capability. Then he discusses the importance of understanding systems and why that requires a different type of thinking (synthesis). … The result of analysis of a system is knowledge.

Organizations as Social Systems

Curious Cat

Organizations are social systems made up of people. Social systems often amplify what happens. To improve it is wise to this into account and design elements of the management system to encourage the amplification of what is good and that seeks to stop what is bad from being amplified.

See it Do it - Time Management System

CEO Blog

I recently lead a Time Management seminar loosely based on my Time Management book. One of the best ways to learn is to teach and preparing for the seminar reminded me of many of the systems I need to re-incorporate into my life.

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Boost Innovation by Strengthening the Organization’s Immune Systems

Great Leadership By Dan

Those successful in establishing a culture of innovation have addressed their organization’s “immune systems.” Just as the body’s immune system keeps it healthy, stable and tolerant of change, an organization’s immune system must be strong in order to handle the task of innovating.

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How to Build a High-Performing Team- despite a stack-ranked performance management system

Let's Grow Leaders

Yet most performance management systems do just that. Of course unless you’re running HR, you’re can’t change the system, but you can build great teams within it. Bell curves bring out the worst in your best.

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Installing A Business Phone System

Strategy Driven

One area that has experienced a significant shift is the telephone systems businesses utilise. In this blog post, we will discover everything you need to know about telephone systems today and getting the right one installed. Telephone systems are indispensable for all businesses.

Manage Your Business With A Proven System

Women on Business

We''ve Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: [link] If you haven''t already done so, update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. link]. Human Resources Issues

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Transforming the Management System of an Organization

Deming Institute

How does one get an organization to start looking at itself as a system? ” This makes “selling” organizations on the idea of adopting the Deming management system more challenging. Managing an organization well just doesn’t allow for recipie solutions.

126: Holacracy – An Agile Management System for a Rapidly Changing World | with Brian Robertson

Engaging Leader

Holacracy is a fundamentally different “operating system” for organizations. Instead, employees […] Holacracy is a fundamentally different “operating system” for organizations.

Reflections on the Fabric of the Toyota Production System

Deming Institute

The content of this blog was prepared as an article for the first edition of the Lean Management Journal, later known as The LMJ. In the late 1960s, Frank Pipp, an assembly plant manager for a Ford Motor Company factory, instructed his staff to purchase competitor’s cars.

Burning Toast: American Health System Style

Curious Cat

Democrats and Republicans have created a health care system in the USA over the last 40 years that “burns toast” at an alarming rate. As the symptoms of their health care system are displayed they call in people to blame for burning toast.

Three Tips for Macro (Not Micro) Managers

Lead Change Blog

They’re outstanding leaders in their own right, but both can be hit-or-miss when it comes to successfully managing teams. Team leaders are warned from day one: “No one likes to be micro-managed.” Rebecca and Jason heard this drumbeat loud and clear in the same management classes. What’s funny is both Rebecca and Jason think they’re doing a solid job avoiding micro-managing, but their teams too often feel otherwise. People don’t want to be micro-managed.

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What is Your Company’s Human Operating System?

N2Growth Blog

The answers on “ how ” a business does what it does lies in its unique combination of systems that governs how it executes its mission. I like to call this collection of systems the organization’s “ Human Operating System.” ” Your firm’s Human Operating System is, of course, informed by your vision , enabled by your strategic plans and is translated into company culture.

A System for the Soft Side of Leadership


These same people, as managers of people, need a system or framework for bringing out the best in people. This is the aspect of a manager’s (team leader, executive, supervisor) role that we call leadership – the people or soft part of their role.

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Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It

Leading Blog

More and more of our systems are in the danger zone, but our ability to manage them hasn’t quite caught up. As systems become more complex, we are more vulnerable to unexpected system failures. How do we keep up with our increasingly complex systems?

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Aim as a System

Deming Institute

Guest post by John Hunter , author of Management Matters: Building Enterprise Capability. TJ Gokcen,CEO of Acquate , shared a presentation at our 2015 International Deming Research Seminar on Aim as a System. These boundaries are not natural, actually management defines them.

Why Deming / Why Now / Working to transform “our” system

Deming Institute

The evidence built throughout the program excited me when the crisis for our economy and our country became clearer, the systemic flaws in my own thinking caused me to ask myself what I could do. Guest blog by Dennis Sergent, Principal Consultant, Sergent Results Group.

Presentation by Ackoff on Systems, Design and the Society

Deming Institute

This video shows part 2 of a Russell Ackoff presentation from 2003 (see our previous post on part 1: Ackoff on Systems Thinking and Management ). systems thinking Ackoff design problem solving webcastsGuest post by John Hunter , founder of (in 1996).

The See Do Time Management System

CEO Blog

Lately I have been using a slightly different time management technique which I call the "See Do" method. Where the system has flaws and things required to make it effective: 1 - All other time management systems (including the ones I write about in my time management book ) use a priority system. So to make the See Do system more effective, I try to keep my work space tidy and have a list of my high priorities printed and on my desk.

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My favourite time management trick - the Pomodoro System

CEO Blog

I have previously blogged about the Pomodoro system. A friend asked me what tricks I might have to make the Pomodoro system work better. 5 - although technically the system is 25 minutes then 5 minute break then 25 minutes, I usually do 25 minutes then 35 minutes of "catch up work" like email. I have not been able to bring myself to blog since the death of my nephew. Zafer would have wanted us to live life so I am back blogging.

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Tactical Execution Best Practice 1 – Priority System Alignment with Mission Goals

Strategy Driven

2,500+ Expert Contributor management and leadership articles. Premium Tactical Execution business leadership business management organizational alignment priority system alignment strategydriven

Systems Drive Behaviors

Mike Cardus

Hmmmm…Alright lets look at the High Performance Teams Model that we covered in the first Management Team workshop we all had, do you remember that model?”. How clear are the goals that you, as their manager are setting?”. Systems Drive Behaviors.

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Standardization With a Systems View Allows Creativity to Flourish

Deming Institute

With a systems view it is understood that there is a need to consider the entire system when designing solutions. Standardization allows us to creatively improve within the context of the system and with an understanding that certain key factors will conform to those standards.

How To Choose The Right Records Management System For The Organization

Strategy Driven

As the volume of records and information continues to grow as organisations mature, it becomes increasingly important and challenging for enterprises to manage their recordkeeping responsibilities effectively. Choosing an effective records management system is an important and crucial step in this process. To assist with your decision making process, we have provided some tips that will help you select the right records management solution for your business.

The Leadership GPS System – Extension Process, Preemptive Crisis Analytics: The New Reality

N2Growth Blog

The extension process within the Crisis Leadership & Performance-Driven Execution framework’s Leadership GPS System evolves from the new reality in business analytics and organizational design. Doing the right things to get the right things done requires a GPS system to achieve high performance-driven execution. On the analytical front (Inquisitive), they must seek the answers to the following: What must we do to enable better knowledge management practices within the teams?

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Management Observation Program Best Practice 14 – Criteria Scoring System

Strategy Driven

Management observation cards are intended to be easy and straightforward to complete in the field. The post Management Observation Program Best Practice 14 – Criteria Scoring System appeared first on StrategyDriven.

Systems Thinking: Feedback Loops

Deming Institute

Appreciation for a system is one of the four components of Deming’s management system. In this context the most common item to think of is Deming’s diagram of an organization as a system. But systems thinking has an entire body of knowledge that is useful.

Peter Scholtes on Teams and Viewing the Organization as a System

Curious Cat

In this presentation Peter Scholtes provides an explanation of teams within the context of understanding an organization of a system: We will not improve our ability to achieve our purpose by empowering people or holding people accountable.