Why I dislike benchmarking

One of the many facets of my Useful Productive Employee function is being the benchmarking contact for the organisation. This means picking up emails from our fellow organisations all around the country, and diverting them to the relevant expert in-house so that far-flung experts can tell each other about developments in the field. The requests…

White Noise

Just Noise Foreword So I wrote this a couple of weeks ago and initially wasn’t going to publish it, then I was, then I wasn’t, but I now realise my indecision is tied up with my apparent inability to write Anything Else At All… so here is probably my most highly procrastinated-about post ever. It…

Therapy

Please note I do intend for this blog to be mainly about systems thinking, organisational dynamics and worky things, and not usually about me-me-me, but it is also a vanity project and a therapy to write about things which are on my mind. This post is nothing to do with systems thinking and not much…

Contradiction in terms

Is it just me, or is there something innately wrong with having to host an inspection on bureaucracy- and waste-reduction? Even typing the words gives me concerns that I am about to spontaneously combust in a puff of logic.

Fire Bell Test

I’ve no idea where this originally originated, but it has stuck firmly in my mind ever since I first heard or read it, because it so goes against the grain of my organisation’s apparent understanding of what we’re here for. Actually that’s unfair. It goes with the grain of what we say we are here…

Why-chromosome

I was sitting in a fairly typical smallish meeting recently, and feeling rather unsettled. The unsettledness was caused by a lot of Why’s. (Sometimes I hate those Why’s but they seem to be so ingrained in my mental make-up that I have just got to live with them.) Why were we wasting our energies, considerable…