Session P - Pre-Conference Session
Friday, June 10th, 9am-12pm, 1:15-4:15pm
Deming's Idea in the 21st Century
Presented by Paul Hollingworth
Primary Focus: Cultural Transformation
Secondary Focus: Leadership
Description: They say popularity is no barometer of success. Deming’s books were never on the best sellers’ list but as the years have gone by since his death, his work seems to have moved even further from the mainstream. Does this mean that his ideas are no longer relevant? Or have they, to some extent, been ‘absorbed’ into mainstream management thinking? In this full day workshop, using a model called the 4GM Transformation Road Map, we will explore what it means to apply Deming thinking across any enterprise and contrast how well this fits with 21st Century management thinking.
Target Audience: This workshop will be of value to anyone interested in successfully applying Deming’s ideas in organisations of any type or size. Whether you consider yourself as a newcomer to Deming or have been working with Deming and related systems thinking concepts.
Organizational Issues: One of the greatest barriers to adopting the new philosophy is what Deming described as the hope for ‘instant pudding’. This leads well intentioned managers into flavour of the month fads or attempting initiatives such as ‘lean’ which are incompatible with organisational policies, rules and culture. These must be reviewed and revised to create the environment necessary for transformation. The belief that copying ‘best practice’ will solve our complex messy problems is another fallacy, which must be addressed. Deming placed ‘constancy of purpose’ at the head of his list of 14 Points for Management. How can this be maintained against the rising tide of 21st Century ‘solutions’?
Objectives: Delegates will have the opportunity to share and learn from each others’ practical experience of applying Deming’s ideas in the 21st Century.
Materials Needed: None
Handouts: Available for download after the Forum
Biography: Trained originally as an Industrial Engineer, Paul Hollingworth now has an international reputation as a consultant and coach in organisational development. Paul specialises in strategic development, working with boards of directors and governing bodies to develop and apply better thinking. Since first meeting Dr Deming in the 1980’s Paul has been a constant advocate for Deming’s work. Based in York, England, Paul founded 4GM Consulting in 1991. Since then he has been involved in assisting thousands of managers to understand and apply the System of Profound Knowledge through a model of his own creation called the Tetrad.
Paul is author of a programme called ‘Leadership for Transformation’ a unique learning system for the System of Profound Knowledge which utilises the Apple iBook platform. Designed to appeal to people with a wide range of preferred learning styles, these make full use of the iBook’s multi-touch features. Paul holds a Master of Science degree (distinction) in Systems, Learning & Leadership from the University of Bristol.
Contact: Paul can be reached by e-mail at PH@4GM.co.uk for additional information about this Pre-Conference session.
Websites: www.4GM.co.uk, 4gm-e-academy.com, www.paulhollingworth.co.uk