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Books - HOW TO BUILD A FIRE. Third in a series on ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE MANAGEMENT. This book adds to the information presented in the first and second of Dr. Blair's series:

1. ALL THE MOVING PARTS: ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE MANAGEMENT

2. VALUE+, EMPLOYEES AS VALUERS

TOPIC: Bolstering Productivity and Innovation

Bolstering Productivity and Innovation 1 year 2 months ago #37

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We've been having a "rousing" discussion in the Millennials section of this Forum (the discussion is actually ongoing under the book topic, VALUE PLUS: EMPLOYEES AS VALUERS) about the dying embers of our society's "fires" - that is, motivation, innovation, and productivity. Of course, we're generalizing when we say that there is less of all three of these, because there is certainly no diminishment of intellect in our society (the sum and substance that promotes enthusiasm, motivation, innovation, and productivity). But in today's social and cultural environment, it's much more difficult to muster the determination to push through the maze of regulations and restrictions to generate truly innovative thought and product. The problem that we're currently facing as a society is how to promote these attributes - they're currently out of fashion. Those who consider themselves businessmen (by that, I always mean businessmen and women) are scorned - but, the question one would want to ask is: In preference to what? The lack of business endeavor renders a society moribund, static, and in decline - look at the Greeces and Spains of the world for confirmation of this phenomenon. Recent word from Spain has been that the government is proposing that the 3-hour "siesta" in the middle of the day be discontinued, in an effort to start to rescue the country from the brink. Good luck with that! But, we have a slightly less problematic but equally serious problem in the U.S., where, for at least 7 years, young people have been told that they need not aspire to anything, but rather that they should let the government take care of them. Thus we are in the process of burdening society and ourselves with large numbers of people who believe this myth - that there will always be a government to take care of them. That will be true only if a certain segment of society is working, making money, and paying taxes to support others who are not. But even more serious than that is the erosion of belief-in-self and of an independent spirit that has made this country the greatest place to live in the world. There's nothing more exciting than an entrepreneurial nation; and nothing less exciting than one that is not. It's a mystery why those who have been advocating the notion that young people shouldn't aspire to greater things would want to do that. I welcome your thoughts on the topic.

Bolstering Productivity and Innovation 1 year 2 months ago #40

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Unemployment rates drive normally hard working people into the arms of the government, causing them to sit home on the couch, watch liberal tv programming...
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Bolstering Productivity and Innovation 1 year 2 months ago #42

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Perceptive comments, Wes. A group of us were having that precise discussion yesterday, dissecting the current state of affairs where young people are significantly deficient in the cultural skills to operate in a work environment. A large portion of the blame can be placed on public educational systems who are loathe to even mention the word "work" in their classrooms - I'm serious about this. I've visited schools in a professional capacity and mentioned preparation of the young people for the world of work to a variety of teachers, and it was though I had struck them - violent reactions to the word, "work." Their comments varied in specific content, but, basically, the thrust was this: " 'work' is a word that we never use; it's related to capitalism, another word that we eschew." Amazing, isn't it - one wonders how minds work that take salaries, clearly funded by taxpayer contributions who make those dollars by working. Parents who are complicit in ideas such as a trophy for all ("participation trophies" - as though just showing up were good enough) also share the blame to a certain extent. Parents need to stand up and make certain that these kind of practices are eradicated; that trophies are given only for winning. For the rest of their lives, these children will face situations where they only get the "trophies' - pay raises, promotions, better offices, and so on - when they are the superior performers. The young people currently entering the marketplace are the proverbial "lost" generation. These people appear shell-shocked by the realities of work - and they frequently engage their parents in visiting the boss to insist that things are made better there for them.
Why not prepare these young people well; why poorly-prepare them and set them up for great disappointments at critical points in their lives? Strange behavior, indeed, from those who profess to "protect their little feelings of self worth" (by giving all participation trophies and utilizing other specious practices).
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