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Meetings and Decisions

Orgs of people exist for a purpose. In order to continuously fulfill the org’s purpose in a changing external environment, its members need to make decisions regarding what to do and when to do it in order to counter unfavorable changes that are at odds with the org’s purpose. Since people need to know who will do what, when they’ll do it, and how they’ll coordinate with others to collectively counter external threats, decision-making meetings are held at all levels  to decide such issues of importance.

The figure below introduces the Decision-To-Meeting-Ratio (DETMER) metric. It also shows the divergence of this metric for two competing orgs who initially had the same DETMER value at an arbitrary time, T=0. Assuming (and it’s a bad assumption) that all decisions made at each meeting are effective, as the DETMER goes to zero nothing changes for the good within the org walls. People do the same thing everyday, even as the environmental conditions outside the walls relentlessly change. Voila, a bureaucracy led by a cadre of Bozeltines emerges. Bummer.

  1. clownfish
    August 20, 2010 at 8:50 am

    “Bozeltines”

    Bwahhahaaa.

    Sounds like some kind of chocolate energy drink for scarey clowns.

    • August 20, 2010 at 9:32 am

      Good ‘un, fish-of-the-day. If you buy enough of the tasty stuff, you’ll get a secret decoder ring like Ralphie.

  2. clownfish
    August 20, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    here’s a better graph–you need to use this one more often..

    http://www.jir.com/graph_contest/index.html

    • August 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm

      Random AND funny. Ergo, randomly funny. Waaay better than deterministically unfunny. I gotta connect with Mr. Grace to check out what kinds of goodies he has in his stash.

  1. August 21, 2010 at 1:09 am

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