I’m not a huge baseball fan, but my daughter gave me the book Moneyball (used at many leading business schools) by Michael Lewis and I was eager to see the movie. Brad Pitt takes a break from his jet-setting life with Angelina Jolie to play Billy Beane, the General Manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. Billy Beane is well-known for fundamentally redefining the way baseball teams make decisions and challenging the way teams had been managed for over a century. He essentially changes the decision criteria used to select players to a much more fact-based model, which focuses on the real value the players bring toward the Intended Consequences (getting a win). Once he redesigns the consonants (People, Process, Technology), he quickly realizes that getting to the expected results is still far away. It’s not until he focuses on the vowels (Adoption, Execution, Implementation, Optimization and Utilization) that the results start showing up. The constraints he faces should sound very, very familiar to everyone. Follow the trail and tell me if you agree that we all need to be a Brad Pitt (no that does not come with Angelina Jolie).
Browsing: Process Adoption and Implementation
Ever wonder why companies that officially “Go Green” frequently fail to accomplish much? So did the author of today’s blog. Read on to get a new perspective on this example of “transformations”
This Blog will “Challenge your Change Team to re-examine the “logic” behind your measures or the measures that are important to your stakeholders.” Why is that an important step in successful change efforts? Read more to find out.
A few weeks ago, the famous Washington Post White House author, Bob Woodward wrote an article entitled “Military thwarted president seeking choice in Afghanistan” which was all about the critical nature of decision making. What greater decision can there be then deciding the fate of tens of thousands of young U.S. men and women as they are sent into war-torn Afghanistan? The article chronicles the process that President Barrack Obama undertook in finally deciding to send 30,000 additional troops as opposed to the 40,000 (which came highly recommended by his military leaders) in December 2009.
(Reposted from Sourcing Innovation) Most of us missed it. They were trying to tell us about it when we were very young. We were not even in nursery school yet! It’s all about the vowels. It’s not about Old MacDonald’s farm, his pigs or hens or any of…