Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Staying Open

From Management Alert: Don't Reform—Transform! by Mike Kami

The higher the executives' positions, the less education they seem to seek. Yet they're the ones who need it most. They should become examples to others within their organization.

The most common excuse is lack of time. That's ridiculous! Maintaining one's competence and the infusion of new knowledge are essential for better management in an era of fast change and unpredictability.

Many executives and managers are arrogant. They actually believe they know it all. They have arrived and don't need to study because their jobs are to manage and lead subordinates. They rationalize that their roles are not to know the details. Other managers are willing to learn, but are so pressured by daily crises that they keep postponing their reeducation. Both kinds become dinosaurs and contribute to the decay and the eventual demise of the business.

Benjamin Disraeli wrote: To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge.

It would be a great step forward if executives would adopt a new mindset: to love knowledge and hate the status quo, to love technology and hate bureaucracy, to love the future and hate the past, to love speed and hate waiting, to love global and hate provincial, to love pluralism and hate uniformity!
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