So, as managers, we are facing
overwhelming rates of change, of
mind-numbing complexity against increasing
expectations of our performance.
And... we can't stall the rate
of change, and we can't ignore it, and we can't realistically
cope with it! So, what is left? Run away?
Well, yes, I suppose it is - at
least in a sort of 'can't see the wood for the trees' interpretation
of the phrase. If we step back a bit, our ability to cope with
change improves as our perspective widens. We see patterns and
connections that appear confusing when we are more intimately
involved in the problem. We can resolve systemically those issues
which repeatedly consumed our attention and eroded our efforts.
But this isn't such an unusual
perspective. Other technical professionals are forced by their
disciplines to adopt this viewpoint. It is not an option for
a scientist or an engineer to permanently design themselves into
their systems and solutions to compensate for the unexpected.
Instead they have to understand the whole system and its patterns
of behaviour, and then to effect permanent, consistent self-sustaining
As a result, while changes in
science and technology happen at an alarming rate, the role of
the scientist or technologist remains sufficiently stable to
enable them to calmly & systematically exploit the possibilities.
In this section, we look at how
other professional disciplines achieve this, and the potential
this understanding offers to management.
The key is held in three aspects of the professional approach:
management practice interprets these aspects for the management
environment, creating a systematic approach
which equips management to professionally fulfil their responsibility
Meta-perspectives provide the means
for scientists to keep their thinking at a level where patterns
can be seen and principles derived
Systemic solutions ensure that their
conclusions are stable, consistent (repeatable) and available
for practical application
Disciplines make past learning available
in a practical form, provide a pathway through confusion and
ensure confidence in the answer
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