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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Avoid bureaucracy and create a culture of discipline

2:37:00 PM Posted by Oscar Berg No comments
I have just read "Good to Great" by Jim Collins in the shades of some
palm trees in a very hot and sunny Egypt and feel a need to share a
few sentences from the book that I think captures the very essence of
it:

"...the purpose of bureaucracy is to compensate for incompetence and
lack of discipline - a problem that largely goes away if you have the
right people in the first place. Most companies build their
burreaucratic rules to manage the small percentage of wrong people on
the bus, which increases the need for more bureaucracy to compensate
for incompetence and lack of discipline, which then further drives the
right people away, and so forth...Avoid bureaucracy and instead create
a culture of discipline. When you put these two complementary forces
together - a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship -
you get a magic alchemy of superior performance and sustained results."

I will return shortly with a number of fresh post on this and related
subjects. Until then - Happy Holidays!

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