The challenge of change
Culture eats strategy for breakfast – there’s been extensive discussion around my blog ‘Proof of the blindingly obvious’ (see: http://mosaicprojects.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/proof-of-the-blindingly-obvious ) on the topic why don’t executives insist on good scheduling practices?
I would suggest there are two overlapping reasons; the first is a skills shortage the second is culture – introducing new best practices disadvantages managers and reduces their power. This cultural road block to improvement is discussed in two posts by Dr. Lynda Bourne:
Culture eats strategy for breakfast #1: http://mosaicprojects.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/culture-eats-strategy-for-breakfast
Culture eats strategy for breakfast #2: http://mosaicprojects.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/culture-eats-strategy-for-breakfast-2
Lynda suggests that because the proposed new ‘best practices’ will replace the current practices and cultural landscape that give executives their current power base within the organisation, they are naturally pre-disposed to resist the idea. Leadership is needed to crate a space for the new ideas to take root and grow.