La société malade de la gestion – Une conférence de Vincent de Gaulejac

Une conférence de Vincent de Gaulejac à l’Université Populaire de Bruxelles.

Sous une apparence pragmatique, la gestion constitue une idéologie qui légitime la guerre économique et l’obsession du rendement financier. Les ” gestionnaires ” installent en fait un nouveau pouvoir managérial. Il s’agit moins d’un pouvoir autoritaire et hiérarchique que d’une incitation à l’investissement illimité de soi dans le travail pour tenter de satisfaire ses penchants narcissiques et ses besoins de reconnaissance. Il s’agit d’instiller dans les esprits une représentation du monde et de la personne humaine, en sorte que la seule voie de réalisation de soi consiste à se jeter à corps perdu dans la ” lutte des places ” et la course à la productivité. Or, pour comme pour mieux assurer son emprise, cette logique déborde hors du champ de l’entreprise et colonise toute la société.

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Tim Ferriss and Joshua Waitzkin on Mastering skills

Check out this wonderful podcast. This is from Tim Ferriss. He interviews Joshua Waitzkin on mastery. Delightful and insightful

Quoting Tim:

Josh Waitzkin was the basis for the book and movie Searching for Bobby Fischer.

Considered a chess prodigy, he has perfected learning strategies that can be applied to anything, including his other loves of Brazilian jiu-jitsu (he’s a black belt under phenom Marcelo Garcia) and Tai Chi Push Hands (he’s a world champion). These days, he spends his time coaching the world’s top performers, whether Mark Messier, Cal Ripken Jr., or hedgefund managers.  I initially met Josh through his incredible book, The Art of Learning, which I loved so much that I helped produce the audiobook (download here, at Audible or DRM-free Gumroad).

This episode is DEEP, in the best way possible.  Josh will blow your mind.

And for a change from Episode 1, I’m totally sober.  I’d be curious to know which Tim you prefer.


Podcast Review: Karen Dunn Skinner & David Skinner on Lean in Law Firms on episode #185

Podcast #185 – Karen Dunn Skinner & David Skinner on Lean in Law Firms — Lean Blog: “Mark Graban’s guests for episode #185 are Karen Dunn Skinner and David Skinner and the topic, for the first time on the Podcast, is Lean in law firms and the legal profession. David and Karen are husband and wife, attorneys, from Quebec, and consultants for their firm Gimbal.”

Loved this podcast. Very instructive to dig into a different industry striving to implement Lean Principles.

Items discussed in the podcast:

  • How do Lean methods apply in a Law firm?
  • What are some benefits to the clients and the firm itself?
  • How do you get past the “we don’t build cars” objection?
  • How widespread is Lean in the legal profession?
  • How did Karen and David discover Lean (and Six Sigma) as attorneys?
  • What’s the balance between using Lean and/or Six Sigma in law?
  • How can standardized work and checklists help?
  • Why are legal clients dissatisfied with the pricing and quality of legal work?
  • How do you strike a balance between law being an art vs. being a process?

Thank you Mark, Karen and David for sharing.

Survivorship Bias (from You Are Not So Smart blog)

Read Survivorship Bias: “The military looked at the bombers that had returned from enemy territory. They recorded where those planes had taken the most damage. Over and over again, they saw the bullet holes tended to accumulate along the wings, around the tail gunner, and down the center of the body. Wings. Body. Tail gunner. Considering this information, where would you put the extra armor? Naturally, the commanders wanted to put the thicker protection where they could clearly see the most damage, where the holes clustered. But Wald said no, that would be precisely the wrong decision. Putting the armor there wouldn’t improve their chances at all. “

Indeed. Thinks are so clear when someone has drawn your attention to it.

What I am missing that I don’t even begin to think about?

Great read from the blog You are Not So Smart