Are you too busy to improve? – Focus on the system

Are you too busy to improve

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Square Wheels Guy”

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Focus on the system -Theory X

Are people in general lazy and unwilling to improve and innovate? Do people need to be closely supervised and controlled by management?


Focus on the system -Theory Y

Are people in general willing to improve and innovate? Are people ambitious, self-motivated and can exercise self-control?

A bad system

Personally, I very much believe in latter. I think people do their best in the context that they are operating in. I subscribe to W. Edwards Deming’s ideas that it is the system, not the people working in the system that determines a systems performance.


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