Consultants always have a tool kit, a fancy method and a book that you can use to improve performance.
There is always something new:
That is just for the process improvement guys, let us not forget that
Numbers and acronyms always sell books
You really should read…
- GROWing human potential
- SMART objective setting
- The 5 dysfunctions of a team
- 6 sigma
- The 7 habits of highly effective people
- The 8 point plan
For my sins I’m guilty as well, try 10 things you really should know
We love our tools
I love them as much as the next man, I am the biggest tool head you will ever meet, I have shelves groaning under the weight of all those books, I have even read some of them.
But there is a problem with tools
If I told you the best tool ever was a hammer then I would be absolutely right if your problem was a nail. An electric drill cannot be beaten if your problem is the lack of a hole.
Now it is possible to create a big hole with a hammer, but it is not so clever — I have tried.
The problem should define the solution.
So the next time somebody is trying to sell you the latest tool kit
It is wise to ask yourself what – specifically – is the problem you need to fix?
And haven’t you got something that will do that already?
There is nothing new under the sun ~ Ecclesiastes 1:9
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