Posted by Oliver Nyumbu
November 16th, 2008 | No Comments »
A few years ago, my good friend David Stanley died. Prior to his death, David had been a Director at Caret and it was a real joy (if challenging!) to work with him. One of his favourite pastimes was to identify and challenge orthodoxies in a team, business, or industry.
Recently, I thought of David as I read Mark Stevens’ book Your Management Sucks. In it he says:
“The overriding message of this chapter is to challenge conventional wisdom. Look closely, and you’ll see that what is often deemed to be the smart thing is actually stale thinking masquerading as the truth. It is a set of assumptions that have gone unchallenged by creative minds for years and gather a presumption of absolute/time-tested/unassailable truth; precisely because they have worked their way into so many minds they are deemed to be fact. But all they really demonstrated is staying power”
So, what is it in your organisation or in your individual ways of working that could benefit from the David Stanley Treatment?