This blog aims to promote good leadership in business and public sector, both as a philosophy and through practical ways of working. There are also many policy decisions to be made in the public debate that should be based on recognized principles of good leadership. Lean is a good starting point for this discussion with its basis in continuous improvement and respect for people.
There is a lot of research done in management and organizational theory over the past 50 years. Nevertheless, we see that much of this research is overlooked and neglected in leadership development and in key organizational questions. Not least, we see constant reforms in society where one apparently does not consider recognized principles of modern leadership, but, for example, decides measures that are obviously perceived as negative for many people. Or as Dan Pink says:
"There's a mismatch between what science knows and what business does."
In the public debate, we can see that the media highlights experts in various agencies as an alibi for organization and change projects. In a debate for centralizing police, for example, we did not see that experts in organizational theory or management were actors, but that senior police officers and experts in police work were introduced as experts in organizing an effective organization. The same can be seen in other public debates where giant processes of change are underway, without the country's professional elite in organization and management appearing to have any opinions on it. In the hospital location debate, the media highlights the senior management and professionals in the hospitals as experts and so on.
Billions are spent in public institutions and in the business sector every year on improvement projects and processes. In many organizations, we start to get tired of this and wonder what is really coming out of it. Despite some good examples, there are great potentials to improve the way we work with improvement processes.
If we want positive developments, we must contribute to bringing out good principles. The myths that have arisen around Lean in different areas should be met and put down or at least discussed. Such as Lean compromising employees or not being suitable with us. We need a debate about good leadership in society. What is right and what is wrong, what can be used and what cannot be used will come to light if statements that come up are commented and debated, in a debate where all good views can come to light. We all have, if we believe in continuous improvement with respect for people, a shared responsibility for visibility and contribution in this debate and listen to those who have different views.
If you do not have an opinion you want to share yourself, it is a big contribution just to share posts from the debate with your friends. Surely many of them are interested in these questions and how they can contribute to improvements in their own organization or in society.