Yes, So Easy it is to Observe
Russell ("Russ") Ackoff was a guest of honor at our 2005 Forum and returned in 2006 to deliver both a Pre-Conference session (Creativity and What Can Be Done About It) and a Weekend Conference keynote (The Biggest Mistake Managers Make). We are very fortunate to have recordings of both in our video archive, eventually to be made available through Vimeo's "On Demand" (pay per view) system. Fourteen years earlier, Clare Crawford-Mason, author and co-founder of CC-M Productions, arranged a meeting with Russ and W. Edwards Deming, for which she produced a video, "A Theory of a System for Educators and Managers" (volume 21 of The Deming Video Library, a collaborative effort with Dr. Deming)
. While the video runs for 30 minutes, Clare filmed far longer, with the master tapes now in the Deming Archives
in the Library of Congress
in Washington, DC. A 90-page transcript of this session is available at this link
In this transcript (page 3) and video, Russ suggested that "The characteristic way of management that we have taught in the Western World is to take a complex system, divide it into parts, and then try to manage each part as well as possible. And, if that's done, the system as a whole will behave well and that's absolutely false." What is missing, explains Russ, is the parts "wouldn't fit," to which Dr. Deming added, "They would not work together." Russ followed with,"Good. So it's the working together that's the main contribution to systemic thinking, as opposed to working in parts separately." Dr. Deming followed with, "Yes, so easy it is to observe, to see, to understand, and yet people do not know about it."
If you are interested in "knowing (more) about it," while exploring and dissolving unseen forces that stand in the way of leadership and teamwork in industry, government, and education, through thinking together about thinking
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