Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Most Popular Posts on the Curious Cat Management Comments Blog

The most popular posts on this blog (10 May 2010 through today - the data I have doesn't let me just look at data for 2015):

  1. Profit = Market Price - Actual Cost or Price = Cost + Desired Profit (2012)
  2. Mistake Proofing and Mistake Making Less Easy (2013)
  3. Performance without Appraisal (2005) - which was my 100th post
  4. Cease Mass Inspection for Quality (2006)
  5. 14 Plus Potentially 14 More Years for Copyrights Has Become 120 Years (2013)
  6. Sustaining Management Improvement Through Personnel Changes (2014)
  7. Causes of the Health Care Crisis (2011)
  8. Global Manufacturing Data by Country (2006)
  9. Data Must be Understood to Intelligently Use Evidence Based Thinking (2014)
  10. Deming and Toyota (2006)
  11. The Failure of Hero Worship Thinking at JC Penney (2013)
  12. Customer Focus is Central to Lean Thinking (2012)

Breakdown of popular posts by year: 2014 - 2, 2013 - 3, 2012 - 2, 2011 - 1, 2006 - 3, 2005 - 1.

I started this blog over 10 years ago. After I figured out that I thought blogging would work for me I created a self hosted blog (the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog) and moved the content to that blog. But I kept up the post here since web pages should live forever. For several years (about 2005 to 2011), I posted occasionally to this blog, sometimes the posts were comments made on other blogs.

In 2011 I started to use this blog a bit more consistently to collect the management and leadership related comments I made on other blogs here (when they seemed to say something useful or interesting that were worth posting on this blog - often things I wanted to be able to find later).

Related: Most Popular Posts on the Curious Cat Management Comments Blog (2014 edition) - 10 Most Popular Posts on the Curious Cat Management Blog in 2014 - 20 Most Popular Posts on the Curious Cat Management Blog in 2015 - 10 Most Popular Post on The W. Edwards Deming Institute Blog (2015)

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

The Importance of a Work Culture That Values and Supports Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is tremendously important. I have come to think it might be the most important precursor to management improvement (evidence based management, continual improvement...).

One of the big issues is for people to understand thinking critically about ideas isn't an insult to whoever came up with the idea being discussed. This isn't something I would have thought of as important until seeing so many cases where people are not comfortable discussing ideas (and weaknesses in those ideas) in the workplace.

Comments prompted by: thinking critically

Related: A Good Management Culture Encourages the Debate of Ideas - Respect for People Doesn’t Mean Avoiding Any Hint of Criticism - Dangers of Forgetting the Proxy Nature of Data