‘Soft Stuff’ has Everything to do with the Bottom Line;
Corporations & Whack-A-Mole
– A cross-disciplinary approach in the pursuit of perfection.
Great Expectations – Greater Frustrations
By Joseph Paris; Chairman, XONITEK Group of Companies
There are many jobs that are demanding. Some are demanding physically, some are demanding emotionally and some are demanding intellectually – often a combination. Regardless of your profession, almost all of them have one thing in common – when you are done for the day, you are able to set aside your work and enjoy time thinking of and doing other things.
Being an Industrial and Systems Engineer (ISE) is a tough career. Not just because the work itself is challenging, but an Industrial or Systems Engineer can never leave their work at work. It’s ingrained in who they are, it’s part of their core – their genetic makeup. They can no more set it aside than a bee can set aside collecting pollen – it’s what they do, always.
‘Soft Stuff’ has EVERYTHING to do with Bottom Line
By Jerry Shih
What separates an effective organization from an organization that just shifts from one management fad to another? Substance vs. Form. In a high-performance organization, one can never successfully sell the ‘soft stuff’, the latest management concepts, or the latest technology on their own merits. One has to make the connection to the financial bottom line. The intent of this article is to increase readers’ insight and awareness, in an analytical way, that the ‘soft stuff’ directly impacts the bottom line.
Joseph Heller wrote in his novel, Good as Gold, “The most advanced and penultimate stage of civilization is attained when chaos masquerades as order.”
I’m pretty sure we’ve already arrived.
I recently worked inside a major corporation for the thousandth time as visitor, consultant, friend, confidant and teacher. I was physically inside the system more than usual and had a blinding insight. Every day, I noticed that regardless of what was going on, there were always frequent, surprising and dramatic interruptions; each time, all order disappeared.
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