Category Archives: Leadership

A New Day for the Global Voice of Quality

It has been a while since I explored the world of those committed to improving “quality.” My own work at the U.S. Department of Labor was focused on this for nearly 15 years. The quality improvement movement grew from the … Continue reading

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Negentropic: The 2d Law of Thermodynamics and Sustaining Improvement Efforts

ASQ has “graduated” me to the status of a “Voices of Influence Alumni” blogger.  Hopefully my advanced studies in Blogology have helped me, and those reading this blog 🙂 Recently, in his monthly “View From the Q,” ASQ Executive Paul … Continue reading

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“Moneyball Government” – Evidence and Trials in the “Court” of the Organization

In the past year, several ideas have dominated the discourse on improving government.  A couple of months ago, the President called for improving the management and results of government.  A recent OMB Memorandum, M-13-17, specifically calls for “evidence based management” … Continue reading

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Line ’em Up & Knock ’em Down: Leadership & the “Domino Dynamic”

Recently I was reading some stuff about leadership.  The writer was suggesting that leaders should aim at having things so well aligned, so well defined, that every action had the desired and intended consequences.  If only it were that simple! … Continue reading

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From “I think I can…” to “I knew I could…”

Another in a series of comments I have written recently in response to some public discourse on leadership. So… I think I can…I think I can…I think I can… I knew I could…I knew I could… Insights on motivation are … Continue reading

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Us vs. Them: Leading for the Org, or for the People?

The following is a comment I wrote in response to someone’s notion that in leadership, you might WANT to put “people first,” but that you really have to put the goals of the organization first. So… First, there is a … Continue reading

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