Summer 2016 is one that few of us will forget. Events so far have been life-changing and violence, divisiveness and chaos have been rife. Never like now do we need to keep a grip on our thoughts and emotions to produce the kind of work that will make a positive difference. At Intelligent Management we make a constant effort to make available the method and tools to guide actions with systemic insight. This is what heightens our awareness and strengthens our ability to analyze, understand and act towards our goal, both professionally and personally, even in the toughest of circumstances.
Quality Involvement Flow: The Systemic Organization
This summer sees the release of our latest book ‘Quality, Involvement, Flow: The Systemic Organization’ with CRC Press, New York, available form August 2nd 2016. We sum up in this book almost 20 years of international work on the field work with the Decalogue methodology that combines the approaches of W. Edwards Deming and Eliyahu Goldratt. We take management practice into the 21st century by shifting away from silos and divided-up functions to focus on flow. This is achieved by creating a network of projects and managing variation and constraint. We explain how this is done in detail in this new book. We also take the opportunity to propose a new curriculum for business schools as they lag behind in teaching the appropriate skills for Industry 4.0 and the digital era. You can preorder the book here:
Here’s what the CRC Press website says about the book:
- Based on world class practice of Deming and Goldratt approaches; covers all aspects of management from the big picture down to task details.
- Presents a unique perspective on whole-system management based on over ten years of implementation; an approach that contains state-of-the-art science applied to management (complexity and network theory).
- Explains the importance of understanding interdependencies internally AND externally.
- Presents innovative organizational design for complexity: “The Network of Projects.”
Current organizations underperform due to silo thinking. Artificial barriers frustrate efforts and perpetuate an organizational model no longer adequate for the complexity of the current business world. Leaders and managers must acquire a whole-system perspective for their organizations to be sustainable. This book provides the overview, knowledge and tools to create a practical shift for 21st century management. The “Theory of everything” for management; an evolved and more scientific Fifth Discipline plus field book for contemporary managers. It follows on from Deming and Goldratt: The Decalogue that continues to sell today and is based on over ten years of implementation.
The Human Constraint
Having worked with so many different organizations and sectors over the years, we have come to understand that the ultimate constraint is the human constraint. No matter how well we analyze and plan, when it comes to execution the only thing stopping us is our own ability to challenge our assumptions and limiting beliefs. For this reason, I invested two years under the mentorship of acclaimed American playwright Donald Freed to produce a business novel that could capture that human challenge and at the same time offer a connected Knowledge Base highlighting the tools for systemic management. This digital book is being downloaded around the world and it’s available for download in PDF and ePUB at a special summer price exclusively here:
I got the opportunity to talk about it in the new Podcast episode of Human Current available this week. You can catch that Podcast episode ‘Harnessing System Potential’ here:
We’ll be back next week with more blog posts and excerpts from the new book. Stay cool!
About the Author
Angela Montgomery Ph.D. is Partner and Co-founder of Intelligent Management, founded by Dr. Domenico Lepore. She is co-author with Dr. Domenico Lepore and Dr. Giovanni Siepe of the forthcoming ‘Quality, Involvement, Flow: The Systemic Organization’ from CRC Press, New York. Angela’s new business novel+ website The Human Constraint looks at how Deming and the Theory of Constraints can create the organization of the future, based on collaboration, network and social innovation.