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MANAGEMENT BY A COMMON VISION

Principle

Sun Tzu, in The Art of War, a 5000 years old Chinese literary classic, defines the situation.

Conquerors estimate before the war begins. They consider everything. The defeated also estimate before the war, but they do not consider everything. Estimating completely creates victory. Estimating incompletely causes failures. When we look at it from this point of view, it is obvious who will win the war. The elements of strategy are first, measuring; second, estimating; third, calculating; fourth, comparing; and fifth, victory.

Situation

Remote places, difficult conditions, and often not the best workers... imagine the Murphy's law working against your effort to organize and time activities. You are at war.

Organization

Three characteristics of a successful organization

It exists to serve a defined purpose..

The term of its existence corresponds to the time required to accomplish its purpose. It is designed for that specific purpose only.

It is information-centred.

Organizations seek and use data as a basis for action. They avoid unwarranted opinion and conjecture, choosing to deal with uncertainty by estimating reasonable probabilities. They increase organizational effectiveness by increasing the speed and improving the quality of information used by the people in the organization.

It is completely flexible and totally adaptable.

It responds quickly and effectively to changes in the environment that affect its ability to serve the defined purpose. Organizations structure themselves according to the requirements imposed by their objectives and the shape of their environment. Continuous change and continuous improvement are at the heart of an organization.

Leadership

Principles of a successful leader.
An effective leadership comes from these characteristics:

Learn. We cannot learn too much about how to compete, but we should avoid competition for own sake.

Develop leadership. The leadership alone determines success.

Leadership characteristics:
1/. Self-discipline. A leader does not need external motivation to ensure performance. He lives by a set of rules that he determines are appropriate and acceptable.
2/. Purpose. A leader works to achieve objectives that are important to his constituents and does not constrain his goals with the narrow focus of self-interest.
3/. Accomplishment. A leader defines results in term of meeting the needs of his constituents.
4/. Responsibility. A leader takes ownership of the outcomes of his decisions and actions.
5/. Knowledge. A leader constantly strives to improve his understanding and ability.
6/. Leadership. A leader works cooperatively with his constituents to reach agreed-upon objectives.
7/. Example. A leader shows the way and set example by his own actions. Planning is important, but actions are the source of success.

Leadership flaws:
1/. Recklessness When a leader is reckless, he can be manipulated to waste his resources.
2/. Timidity If a leader is timid, his resources can be usurped.
3/. Emotionalism If a leader is emotional, he can be forced to make rash decisions.
4/. Egoism If a leader is self-important, he can be deceived by flattery.
5/. Over concern for popularity Such a leader will hesitate before making an unpopular decision at a critical moment.

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Rafal Swiecki, geological engineer email contact
Feb, 2006
This document is in the public domain.


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