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How do you subvert the Dilbertesque business world?

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 20 May 2010

 


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How do you subvert the Dilbertesque business world?
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 119
Posted DateThursday 20 May 2010 11:42 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://stevedenning.typepad.com/steve_denning/2010/05/how-do ... 
http://books.google.com/books?id=4qM7yJKC_nkC&pg=PA2&dq=in+t ... 
http://www.dilbert.com ... 
PeopleFrederick Winslow Taylor , Steve Denning

Take a look at this blog post from Steve Denning How do you subvert the world of Dilbert cartoons?. I am not so sure its the cartoons I would like to see subverted but the Dilbertesque business world we live in! But that is exactly the point that Steve is getting at!

The quote from Frederick Winslow Taylor's book on The Principles of Scientific Management jumps out from the page and clearly is the root cause of so many of the problems in the world today. But take a look at the quote in its original context. I am not so sure Frederick Taylor quite meant Man to be totally subverted to the System! But maybe he did - his ideas were for a past industrial age - not our modern knowledge based one.

You may know of Steve Denning for his work and books on storytelling but he has changed his tack somewhat recently see Why did I abandon storytelling and get entangled in management speak? and is writing some very good material indeed.



If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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