Bill Bellows and Tim Higgins, in conjunction with our partnership with Rocketdyne, return to expand on insights they shared with chapter members in May 2012 and April 2013.
In a session designed for both new and returning attendees, Bill and Tim will use a simulation exercise to present a contrast between "Business as Usual" and "Business as Unusual," based on their ongoing integration of the thinking strategies of Russell Ackoff, Edward De Bono, W. Edwards Deming, and Genichi Taguchi, among many others.
As with many success stories, the American pastime of baseball has many fathers (and mothers), with a heritage that extends well beyond the original thirteen colonies to Britain.
Consider the design of the playing field:
- "Foul" lines emanating from "home plate," to the left, past third base, all the way to the outfield fence, and to the right, past first base, to the right field fence.
- Nine defensive players are distributed around this diamond and across the outfield.
- None of their jobs are defined by outlines that restrict their roles in the way that a goalkeeper in soccer can use his or her hands only within the confines of the penalty area.
What if, in contrast, baseball players were each constrained in their field positions (first base, shortstop, left field, and on) by solid boundaries, painted on the field for each player to conform to?
Might this situation begin to approximate the operation of an organization with inflexible job descriptions, wherein employees are left to believe their respective roles are independent? Such rigidity is a classic attribute of what Dr. Deming termed "the prevailing style of management," with each co-worker seeking to conform to a pre-defined set of requirements for their role, presumably independent of the performance of others within the organization. In the absence of interdependence, the concept of a team sport might instead be known as a group sport, with a common aim superseded by individual aims.
Beginning with an exploration of baseball and bowling balls, the aim of this session is to present a simulation experience for "better thinking about thinking," as it applies to teamwork in all aspects of our lives.
Arrive early and meet at the onsite restaurant, Warren's Blackboard, or click here for a list of local restaurants. (Please note: Outside food is not permitted in the facility.)
Third Thursday, May 15
Networking 7:00 pm
(Bring your business cards)
Program 7:15 to 9:00 pm
Location: The Garland (formerly Beverly Garland)
Father Serra Room
4222 Vineland Avenue
North Hollywood, CA 91602
Pre-paid by 2 days before meeting:
Members: $15 / Non-Members: $20
After 9:00 pm 2 days before meeting:
Members: $20 / Non-Members: $25
Pre-registration is advised and closes at noon on the day of the meeting, but walkins are always welcome.
Cancellation/Refund deadline is Tues, May 13 at 9 p.m.
No shows will be charged in full.