Quotes in management
The budget evolved from a management tool into an obstacle to management.
I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.
The difference between management and administration (which is what bureaucrats used to do exclusively) is the difference between choice and rigidity.
It is one of the favourite pastimes of management to decide, from within their professional ivory tower, what help the field organisation needs and then to design and develop programs for meeting these needs.
Then it becomes necessary to get the field organisation to accept the help provided. This is normally the role of the Change Manager; to implement the change that no-one asked for or wants.
Standards should not be forced down from above but rather set by the production workers themselves.
PDCA is the essence of managerial work: making sure the job gets done today and developing better ways to do it tomorrow.
Take time to appreciate employees and they will reciprocate in a thousand ways.
The thing is, continuity of strategic direction and continuous improvement in how you do things are absolutely consistent with each other. In fact, they're mutually reinforcing.
Being an effective boss is about using the behavior you can control (your own) to influence the behavior and performance of your team members.