Recently I began a postdoctoral research position at the University of Calgary with the project From Biological Practice to Scientific Metaphysics. I (along with Oliver Lean) was asked to present Amanda Bryant’s paper entitled, “Keep the chickens cooped: the epistemic inadequacy of free range metaphysics” (2017) as part of a graduate seminar taught by Ken […]
How far back does natural selection go? Is it just a biological phenomenon or can we attribute natural selection to the creation of the biological itself? Could we even go so far as the first beginning? Was the Big Bang an act of natural selection? If so, what choice did the sub-atomic-particle intuition behind the […]
Summary. As an “individual’s ability to monitor his or her own feelings and those of others” EI in general, in contrast to the more stable personality traits such as measured by the Big Five instrument, is considered to be learnable . This implies that interventions for improving interpersonal competencies and workplace behavior is possible. There is […]
I am open to the flow when it comes to healing deep core issues. After all, I’ve been chipping away at my deeper wounds for several decades, and it took several decades to increase the suffering from the wounds. Lately, my wounds have shown up in a long bout with I.B.S. so I headed to […]
Time for a hard fact. We are all getting old or maybe in a positive note, the people we are working with are getting younger! I spoke with a contact of mine who was offered a job at a tech company. Being above 45 years old, he was one of the oldest employees in […]
[What follows is a version of an address recently given at the Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, where a good time was had by all.] In a lecture at the University of Munich in 1919 – the year before he died – Max Weber spoke to an audience of students about “Science as a Vocation”. His remarks […]
Learning as an adult- while sometimes we do just want to crash and relax and not have to think about things, it’s also nice to challenge ourselves and educate ourselves on a new topic or skill. It can be daunting to think about going back to learning as an adult but these are my favourite […]
I wrote this poem below “Life is Like Hiking a Mountain” back in 2013. When I wrote it, the poem was to give people encouragement to get through tough challenges, struggles and move towards achieving their goals. I am sharing the poem again because so many people are hurting and really need some hope to […]
If any of these three pillars are missing, continuous improvement efforts will flounder and ultimately have limited or non-sustainable success. Leaders play a critically important role in creating the environment in which continuous improvement happens. By making slight adjustments to the way they lead in a disciplined and routine manner, leaders have the ability to affect a major cultural shift to a culture of continuous improvement.
A leader needs to be very public in his or her belief that:
- Continuous Improvement is an important part of our strategy as an
- Everybody can participate in continuous improvement
- Everybody has an important role to play
It must be emphasized that while continuous improvement might not be able to fix everything – sometimes a practice has to be redesigned from scratch – everybody has a role to play in the process of ongoing continuous improvement.
Leaders must convey to all employees the importance of continuous improvement as it relates to goals and strategy, at the department level and to the organization as a whole. Progress will naturally arise from front-line staff who are actively identifying problems or opportunities for improvement. The mark of a successful culture of continuous improvement is that everybody has a grasp of the direction and goals of the organization that guides their improvement efforts.
The purpose of continuous improvement is to challenge people to not just come up with ideas, but to also participate in the testing and evaluation of those ideas. That said, there is a time and a place for a leader to be a servant leader; there are some things that front-line staff cannot do on their own, and a leader needs to step in to help. As such, a leader must master the art of knowing when to delegate versus when to step in.
Far too often, leaders have erred too much on the side of jumping in to help – to give people answers and to do it for them. The front-line staff must be allowed to try things on their own, partly for the goal of developing people. If they are unsuccessful, a leader may step in to help, but we certainly want to give individuals the opportunity to participate in change.
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Philosophy of mathematics One plus one is two. But when you apply it to a man and woman the answer shall be always what you may not guess. A family can never be pigeonholed into simple arithmetic. What is mathematics then? No one has yet settled about the nature of mathematics. Mathematics of numbers however […]