A cartoon of Håkan Forss generated a few reactions about which might better represent organizational reality. It is a good question so I thought to post up this “Discussion Blog” that is a bit different from my normal style of doing things. Your thoughts and comments would be most appreciated.
Take these two different illustrations on roughly the same thing:
In Håkan Forss’ illustration on the left, we have what I see as people simply rejecting the idea of a different wheel for the wagon. (click here to see an enlarged version of that illustration)
In Square Wheels One, we have people possibly unaware that different wheels exist.
• In your experience, is the first situation more common than the second? Are people more commonly rejecting outside ideas or unaware of them?
• Are outsiders to the team more commonly offering suggestions with the wheels from other team members who are not actively involved?
• Are Round Wheels generally found within the wagon? Do the round wheels in an organization already exist or do they more commonly need invention?
• Where does “disruptive innovation” appear in all this work?
• Where are the Lean approaches operating in either or both of these situations?
• Is leadership actively against change or are they simply unaware of a need for it?
I certainly have my views on things, which I will elaborate on Part Two of the blog, “The Square Wheels, LEGO Controversy: Thoughts on Leadership and Engagement.”
What do you think about the reality of how things
generally work in most organizations?
Please add some thoughts and comments below,
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