Hank Czarnecki’s blog this week was entitled “Disciplined People-Disciplined Thought-Disciplined Action”. As I read it, I thought about how true the message was…that “A culture of discipline is not just about action. It is about getting disciplined people...who engage in disciplined thought and...who then take disciplined action."
We’ve probably all been part of a process improvement team that has required us to think in a different way than we are accustomed to. Some call it “thinking outside-the-box.” My impression of thinking outside-the-box has always been to encourage your mind to think differently. But maybe we shouldn’t be thinking outside-the-box, but thinking with discipline and structure. It might be that in order to scan the environment for opportunities, we need to do it in a methodical way…with more discipline.
Lately, I have been thinking about the (unofficial) four stages of a project team…Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing. It would be great if we could go straight from Forming to Performing, but it might be that we are not using disciplined thought from the beginning. There is so much emotion and energy lost as we try to get going in the right direction.
I’m not sure about the relationship, but it has caused me to think about it…Thanks for a great blog Hank.