Will Sr. Managers Change? LO7054

William J. Hobler, Jr. (bhobler@cpcug.org)
Mon, 29 Apr 1996 19:55:42 -0400

Replying to LO7024 --

Kay Foster wrote

>I'm sure I'm not the only person on the list who considers themselves to
>be a senior manager, and what are we doing here if not trying to change?
>Perhaps we need to post more responses to the list ourselves, except that
>the erudite nature of some of the messages can be off-putting to those of
>us who spend our lives working more with implementation than with theory.

Three cheers, Kay!

I think that most managers know that change is inevitable, and that they
must be ready to make change. You are in a particular company that
recently went through privatization and made massive changes. Maybe
British Airways people are more attuned to change than most.

The only fault I find with US managers is their seeking the instant change
management cereal. Try this for breakfast for ten days and you'll be
healthier and slimmer.

The subject of management fads is a subject much discussed here, it is a
good marketing ploy for management consultants. Pardon me if my cynicism
is showing but I see another one coming over the horizon, it is called
Object Oriented Business Analysis (or Business Re-engineering). I am sure
that some great benefit will accrue to some companies. But what seems
deeply true is that 90 per cent of the new 'paradigm' is really old hat.

Senior managers have to find a way. You are right on with selecting what
fits you from all of the fads you can find. In fact you can probably
randomly select a way prescribed by any of the big names and apply it. Do
it diligently and you will probably accomplish just as much, no matter
whose paradigm you choose. Just do it and have fun :-)


Reflection without action is sloth, Action without reflection is busyness Both are useless - think - do it

Bill Hobler

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