Great tool, wrong job

19 11 2008

right tool, wrong job
This is the MacLaren MP4-22.

It has a 2.4l engine, 7 forward and 1 reverse gears and does 0-60mph in 2.3 seconds. It corners like it is on huge rails, it can come to a perfect stop from 185mph in 3.2 secs and withstand an immense crash at 200mph from which the occupant can simply walk away. It is, without doubt, one of the pinnacles of automotive perfection.

But it is bugger all use for a family of four going to Cornwall for a two week surfing holiday.

It is becoming more and more apparent to me from our studies that current business management practice is well thought out, developed, insightful and constantly being updated. However even in its most generic and advanced form, applied by experts with tact and care it is quite simply the wrong tool when applied to management in medicine.

The analogy clearly is extreme and obviously there are parts of management theory that are applicable and being effectively utilised but from my point of view it appears only one person would get to Cornwall but really REALLY fast!

and without any luggage.








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