A Quick Note on Cutting One's Ear Off to Spite One's Progress

 

No one really has time on a Friday. We are all striving for one thing – get through the day and get to the weekend. Accordingly, whenever I actually post on a Friday, I’ll make it a quick hit – 200 words or less
 
A gentleman I was speaking with the other day (I’ll use the word “gentleman” because, with the use of that phrase, he’ll never recognize himself) said something quite profound.
 
“How do I get Van Gogh in a paint-by-numbers world?”
 
He was lamenting that his department’s focus on adherence to standards and protocols and policies and procedures had resulted in the development of lemming-like followers within the auditing ranks – individuals who, in spite of being able to follow rules, could not think their way out of a paper audit program.
 
How much freedom are you/do you allow?
 
Is your only measure of quality that all the boxes were filled?
 
Are milestones more important than a new idea?
 
Is the outlier in your staff a model or a pariah?
 
When you look at the final audit product do you see “A Starry Night” or “Average Evening in a Nondescript Town”?
 
And are you surprised?

 

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 by Mike Jacka

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