MANAGEMENT BY A COMMON VISION
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.
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.
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.
Principles of a successful leader.
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.
Rafal Swiecki, geological engineer email contact