Commitment to the Wrong Problem

24 October 2018 | Source: Suresh Lulla's Blog
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We are taught A-B-C in management schools.

  • Change ATTITUDE
  • Thereby, you can change BEHAVIOR
  • Consequently, you can get COMMITMENT.

Dr J M Juran, the Quality Guru, questioned this approach. Especially, the first step. He believed a change in ATTITUDE is not a switch On-Off option. His wisdom professed that a change in ATTITUDE always has its own majestic pace.

  • Dr Juran was of the view that we should aim for COMMITMENT first
  • This COMMITMENT would define the required change in BEHAVIOR
  • And God willing, in some time we may realise a change in ATTITUDE.

His approach was therefore C-B-A! This approach has delivered dramatic results. Particularly, in the context of structured problem solving.

In the words of Stephen R Covey, the Leadership Guru: “Any time you think the problem is “öut there”, that very thought is the problem”.

Based on three decades of Qimpro’s experience in India with corporates, hospitals, and educational institutions, we have realized that the toughest step in problem solving is PROBLEM DEFINITION. Invariably, we work on a wrongly defined problem, with assigned blame.

So, imagine the chaos when we get a COMMITMENT to the WRONG PROBLEM!! Blame, blame, and more blame.

Who is accountable for this chaos? Top leadership exclusively.

CREDITS: Suresh Lulla, Founder and Mentor, Qimpro Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
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