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02 September 2010


David McGinnis

The office is dreadfully quiet today, I think I was looking for a sense of belonging when I logged in here. Now that I've justified spending time reading this blog and commenting instead of trying and failing for another hour to get something working on a website I'm editing... here are my thoughts:

It's typically an issue of severity for the quadrant 1 folks that continue to be employed by Papa Chuck. I would argue that it's rarely a question of being able to create some value; if failing to add incremental value was seen as an "opportunity" we would be kidding ourselves and using this word as a euphemism. That there would be a problem. In my experience that problem is not the typical scenario. We are usually in the opportunity realm.

The understanding of what creates the most value, how to achieve that and then the execution of creating the MOST value, however, is continually elusive. Similar to our relationship with those dust bunnies, we're usually in denial about how long it's really been since we've cleaned the house (read: revisited the vision or our RRE's or ...)

So I agree:
Often, what you're doing this year that's creating [maximum] value will not be what creates [maximum] value soon[er than you wish].

"Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today" - A

Andy Gillette

Haha! Well put, and nice quote at the end!


Andy - I think I was talking about eliminating waste as part and parcel of value creation - and the fact that waste is pervasive within any organization. Yesterdays useful practices are the spawning ground for tomorrow's bureaucratic rules and mindless activities...

Waste is like the dust bunnies under furniture - it shows up all the time, where does it come from? It's just a fact of life that has to confronted early and often. BTW - nothing wrong with your thoughts above, just clarifying mine. Cheers!

Andy Gillette

Thanks for the clarification, Ben! Still love the metaphor.

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