Organizing retrospective 57

This is a post in my series on organizing ”between and beyond.” Other posts are here. This is a retrospective of what has happened during the week. The purpose is to reflect on the work itself. Here is my previous retrospective. Here is my next retrospective.

What has happened? What needs to be done?
This week I’ve read John Seddon’s Freedom from Command & Control1 and The Whitehall Effect.2 The first book is about the Toyota system for service organizations, while the second is about how successive British administrations have interfered with public service and consistently made things worse during the last 35 years. The theoretical content is the same in the two books. I will write a review of the first book next week.

Seddon, The Whitehall Effect (left) and Freedom from Command & Control (right).

What was good? What can be improved?
Continued progress. Connecting with my fire inside.

We cannot neglect our interior fire without damaging ourselves in the process.”
—David Whyte3

1 John Seddon, Freedom from Command & Control: A Better Way to Make the Work Work (Vanguard Consulting Ltd, 2005, 2nd edition).
2 John Seddon, The Whitehall Effect: How Whitehall Became the Enemy of Great Public Service and What We Can Do About It (Triarchy Press, 2014).
3 David Whyte, The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America (Currency Doubleday, 1994), p.91.

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Jan Höglund has over 35 years of experience in different roles as software developer, project manager, line manager, consultant, and researcher. This is his personal blog where he shares his reading, book reviews, and learning.

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