Dec 5 – A bad system will beat a good person every time


In many organizations you will hear slogans and statements like:

People are our greatest assets

But you will often hear testimonies from people in these organization that they are not able to do their best. They often get demotivated by policies and rules imposed on them by the organization. How can this be like this if we believe that the people are the organizations greatest asset? W. Edwards Deming quote really resonates with me.

 “A bad system will beat a good person every time.”

If we want to build great companies we need to create an environment where the people will not be defeated by the system. We need to focus on the system so the people can thrive. And just like David Marquet says

“Everyone has the ability to be great. It’s our job as leaders to provide the environment where greatness can happen.”

This is my Lean/Agile Advent Calendar. I will publish a short post on a Lean/Agile topic every day up until Christmas. I will based each days topic on what is behind the door in the LEGO® City Advent Calendar.  So be sure to check back every day!

DISCLAIMER: LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this post and blog in any way.


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