- Management F-Laws - on Peter Days BBC business prog
- Russel Aycalf also says no to MBAs - education is nothing compared to experience just like Edward De Bono convinced me
- Managers are out of touch - education is out of touch
- 1. Ford's business model is followed too much
- 2. Don't imagine a business as like a body , machines don't have " heads"
- 3. Don't concentrate on parts too much instead of whole. You can damage the whole by improving a part , architects start with the overall idea not the parts
- 4. Key is for management to facilitate the interactivity between parts - there is no need to micromanage
- parts should fit in with each other - No RR engine in Hyundai
- Small talk not big talk
- outsoucing to other countries is not a negative : It helps spread wealth across the world
- Errors of omission "since only decisions to" are recorded - accounts record losses, but don't record opportunities not taken so are not effectively judged - so playing safe instead of going forwar is favoured
- executives live in a top floor isolated environment
- Teachers same
- An Inspirational Idea on Education
- Students should be taught by the people who just learnt, cos once you’ve taught it you retain it. 95% only 20% first time.
- Much learning is irrelevant - actually education imprints the wrong practice
- Practices are different from subjects so apprenticeship is best
- experience means people make mistakess and learn
- Practice like architecture can't be learnt from books.
- So college studying is a waste of time.
- http://curiouscat.net/library/russellackoff.cfm full list of books
- not much on Amazon maybe cos not big US publisher - different US title ?
- http://ackoffcenter.blogs.com/ supposed to be a podcast, but not available Russ-Ackoff.m3u
- www.f-laws.com How to avoid the fatal F-Laws
- From the 13 examples
- 1. Lower and senior managers are so wrapped up in "management games" like trying to show power, trying to impress
- Antidote: Focus on the questions: ‘what are we trying to
achieve?’ and ‘how can we support each other?’
- 2. Measuring the wrong Thing - e.g. People aim for a high standard of living because they can measure it., but it's not the same as quality of life .. you can be poor and happy
- similarly a higher price product doesn't mean better quality
- free work is not valued . Yet other things like war are valued cos they cost a lot of , but actually it lowers quality of life.
- companies count days of training instead of measuring skill
- 3. Exercising More Power gets less done - don't micromange- choose people who can do the job in the first place
- 4. Managers get into the habit of defending things they are not sure about - (they argue religion does this)
- solution lose your ego and listen