A notebook to track organizational bugs


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As someone who has come under three different major bureaucracies in the past eight years (and many different sub-elements of each one), I find a suggestion from Dame Julia Cleverdon, the chair of trustees for the UK’s Teach First program, to be an interesting one. She suggests that people joining new organizations should:

“keep a notebook and write down everything that strikes them as crazy in the first few months—because a year in, those things will seem normal. And two years in, when they have gained in experience and confidence, they should get that notebook out and start changing those things.”

It’s an approach that neatly balances the fact that people new to organizations probably think about them most creatively, while recognizing that experience is necessary to be influential and to be able to anticipate the full consequences of reforms.

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oleh August 16, 2009 at 8:45 am

This is a very interesting idea and I can see the value and the sense of it.

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