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The minding organization : bring the future to the present and turn creative ideas into business solutions /
Moshe F. Rubinstein, Iris R. Firstenberg.
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New York : John Wiley, c1999.
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xvi, 208 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0471347817 (alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : John Wiley, c1999.
isbn
0471347817 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
3668983
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-200) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Moshe F. Rubinstein, PHD, is an internationally renowned authority on problem solving and creativity in organizations. He is a professor at the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science and Director of the A-B-C Corporate Network at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. He teaches in management executive education programs at major universities and organizations all over the world. He has written eight books, including the now-classic Patterns of Problem Solving. Major organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, have sought his advice on creativity and innovation. Iris R. Firstenberg, PHD, is an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department at UCLA and also teaches in the UCLA Engineering and Management Program. She is the Associate Director of the A-B-C Corporate Network at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.
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The Minding Organization A few years ago, Cementos Mexicanos (Cemex), the world's third-largest cement company, was struggling. More than two-thirds of their deliveries were late, customer complaints were numerous, and new orders were dwindling sharply. Then Cemex executives realized they needed to get a glimpse of the future. They saw themselves responding to customer needs as each need emerged. They visualized successful deliveries with orders placed only an hour in advance. Their entire organization became involved in the process of adapting to unplanned occurrences. By embracing the uncertainty and chaos of their business and a company-wide commitment to excellence, Cemex was completely transformed in a matter of months. This is a remarkable example of minding: identifying a purpose, developing a team, and acting to accomplish that purpose. Achieving this kind of high-level connection is what The Minding Organization is all about. This book will show you how to transform your organization into one that behaves like a living organism-alive with ideas and instantly able to adapt for survival in an increasingly complex, unpredictable global business world. A minding organization coordinates its efforts as a single being; the right hand literally knows what the left hand is doing. The minding process will help you save precious work time, avoid costly mistakes, build incentives for speed, and find creative solutions when unpredictable problems arise. Creating a minding organization will teach you how to: Operate on the edge of chaos, embracing uncertainty as a strategy Bring insights up front that would normally be learned much later Distribute decision-making in such a way that everyone has the responsibility to be right and the authority to be wrong Create an environment in which the human spirit can soar The Minding Organization will show you how less planning and more adapting makes for a competitive advantage, as you learn to cope with new, ever-changing conditions and innovate faster than your competitors.
Flap Copy
The Minding Organization A few years ago, Cementos Mexicanos (Cemex), the world's third-largest cement company, was struggling. More than two-thirds of their deliveries were late, customer complaints were numerous, and new orders were dwindling sharply. Then Cemex executives realized they needed to get a glimpse of the future. They saw themselves responding to customer needs as each need emerged. They visualized successful deliveries with orders placed only an hour in advance. Their entire organization became involved in the process of adapting to unplanned occurrences. By embracing the uncertainty and chaos of their business and a company-wide commitment to excellence, Cemex was completely transformed in a matter of months. This is a remarkable example of minding: identifying a purpose, developing a team, and acting to accomplish that purpose. Achieving this kind of high-level connection is what The Minding Organization is all about. This book will show you how to transform your organization into one that behaves like a living organism-alive with ideas and instantly able to adapt for survival in an increasingly complex, unpredictable global business world. A minding organization coordinates its efforts as a single being; the right hand literally knows what the left hand is doing. The minding process will help you save precious work time, avoid costly mistakes, build incentives for speed, and find creative solutions when unpredictable problems arise. Creating a minding organization will teach you how to: * Operate on the edge of chaos, embracing uncertainty as a strategy * Bring insights up front that would normally be learned much later * Distribute decision-making in such a way that everyone has the responsibility to be right and the authority to be wrong * Create an environment in which the human spirit can soar The Minding Organization will show you how less planning and more adapting makes for a competitive advantage, as you learn to cope with new, ever-changing conditions and innovate faster than your competitors.
Summaries
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A few years ago, Cementos Mexicanos (Cemex), the world's third-largest cement company, was struggling. More than two-thirds of their deliveries were late, customer complaints were numerous, and new orders were dwindling sharply. Then Cemex executives realized they needed to get a glimpse of the future. They saw themselves responding to customer needs as each need emerged. They visualized successful deliveries with orders placed only an hour in advance. Their entire organization became involved in the process of adapting to unplanned occurrences. By embracing the uncertainty and chaos of their business and a company-wide commitment to excellence, Cemex was completely transformed in a matter of months. This is a remarkable example of minding: identifying a purpose, developing a team, and acting to accomplish that purpose. Achieving this kind of high-level connection is what The Minding Organization is all about. This book will show you how to transform your organization into one that behaves like a living organism-alive with ideas and instantly able to adapt for survival in an increasingly complex, unpredictable global business world. A minding organization coordinates its efforts as a single being; the right hand literally knows what the left hand is doing. The minding process will help you save precious work time, avoid costly mistakes, build incentives for speed, and find creative solutions when unpredictable problems arise. Creating a minding organization will teach you how to: * Operate on the edge of chaos, embracing uncertainty as a strategy * Bring insights up front that would normally be learned much later * Distribute decision-making in such a way that everyone has the responsibility to be right and the authority to be wrong * Create an environment in which the human spirit can soar The Minding Organization will show you how less planning and more adapting makes for a competitive advantage, as you learn to cope with new, ever-changing conditions and innovate faster than your competitors. Praise for The Minding Organization Professor Rubinstein is one of the foremost experts on creativity within organizations. The Minding Organization is a well-written guide . . . [that] is must reading for anyone responsible for minding the organization.-Norman R. Augustine, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Lockheed Martin The authors make intuitive good sense and give strategic thinkers the tools they need to turn perceived liabilities-chaos, disorder, unpredictable change-into assets. I've made it must reading for everyone in my organization. The only people I haven't recommended it to are my competitors.-Timothy W. Hannemann, Executive Vice President and General Manager, TRW This book gives an accessible view of the organization as a living, connected organism. Drs. Rubinstein and Firstenberg have shared an insightful and elegant concept of what successful twenty-first-century organizations MUST be like if they want to survive and grow. We are putting the ideas in this book to use now!-Michael E. Allgeier, Division Vice President, Sensors and Electronics Segment, Raytheon Rubinstein is as ebullient in print as he is in person. The Minding Organization transcends time and theory, enabling the practice of innovation as an everyday occurrence.-Stephan Argent, Creative Director, iCandy Inc. In this book you'll find out how to open up a world of opportunity by 'bringing the future to the present'-visualizing the ideal end state and working backwards. You'll see how many obstacles can be eliminated, making the unachievable achievable.-Tom Williams, Vice President, Long Range Strike Business Area, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Bowker Data Service Summary
Advancing the trend of seeing organisations in biological terms, this text takes the next step beyond the learning organisation. It is about creating an organisation that can adapt to ever-changing conditions.
Long Description
A few years ago, Cementos Mexicanos (Cemex), the world's third-largest cement company, was struggling. More than two-thirds of their deliveries were late, customer complaints were numerous, and new orders were dwindling sharply. Then Cemex executives realized they needed to get a glimpse of the future. They saw themselves responding to customer needs as each need emerged. They visualized successful deliveries with orders placed only an hour in advance. Their entire organization became involved in the process of adapting to unplanned occurrences. By embracing the uncertainty and chaos of their business and a company-wide commitment to excellence, Cemex was completely transformed in a matter of months. This is a remarkable example of minding: identifying a purpose, developing a team, and acting to accomplish that purpose. Achieving this kind of high-level connection is what The Minding Organization is all about. This book will show you how to transform your organization into one that behaves like a living organism_alive with ideas and instantly able to adapt for survival in an increasingly complex, unpredictable global business world. A minding organization coordinates its efforts as a single being; the right hand literally knows what the left hand is doing. The minding process will help you save precious work time, avoid costly mistakes, build incentives for speed, and find creative solutions when unpredictable problems arise. Creating a minding organization will teach you how to: Operate on the edge of chaos, embracing uncertainty as a strategy Bring insights up front that would normally be learned much later Distribute decision-making in such a way that everyone has the responsibility to be right and the authority to be wrong Create an environment in which the human spirit can soar The Minding Organization will show you how less planning and more adapting makes for a competitive advantage, as you learn to cope with new, ever-changing conditions and innovate faster than your competitors. Praise for The Minding Organization Professor Rubinstein is one of the foremost experts on creativity within organizations. The Minding Organization is a well-written guide . . . [that] is must reading for anyone responsible for minding the organization._Norman R. Augustine, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Lockheed Martin The authors make intuitive good sense and give strategic thinkers the tools they need to turn perceived liabilities_chaos, disorder, unpredictable change_into assets. I've made it must reading for everyone in my organization. The only people I haven't recommended it to are my competitors._Timothy W. Hannemann, Executive Vice President and General Manager, TRW This book gives an accessible view of the organization as a living, connected organism. Drs. Rubinstein and Firstenberg have shared an insightful and elegant concept of what successful twenty-first-century organizations MUST be like if they want to survive and grow. We are putting the ideas in this book to use now!_Michael E. Allgeier, Division Vice President, Sensors and Electronics Segment, Raytheon Rubinstein is as ebullient in print as he is in person. The Minding Organization transcends time and theory, enabling the practice of innovation as an everyday occurrence._Stephan Argent, Creative Director, iCandy Inc. In this book you'll find out how to open up a world of opportunity by 'bringing the future to the present'_visualizing the ideal end state and working backwards. You'll see how many obstacles can be eliminated, making the unachievable achievable._Tom Williams, Vice President, Long Range Strike Business Area, Northrop Grumman Corporation The power of The Minding Organization lies in the clarity of its ideas, the comprehensiveness of its scope, and the practicability of its recommendations. This book should be read by all business executives and should be required reading in every MBA program. It has all the char
Main Description
In this book you'll find out how to open up a world of opportunity by 'bringing the future to the present'-visualizing the ideal end state and working backwards. You'll see how many obstacles can be eliminated, making the unachievable achievable.-Tom Williams, Vice President, Long Range Strike Business Area, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Table of Contents
Prologuep. xiii
The Minding Organizationp. 1
The Santa Monica Freeway Storyp. 6
The Minding Processp. 8
Errors as Part of the Minding Processp. 14
The Importance of Context and Reframingp. 16
A New Metaphorp. 18
The Age of the Brainp. 19
The Power of Human Perceptionp. 20
Minding and Creativityp. 22
Creativityp. 23
Attributes of Creative Peoplep. 24
Personal Predispositions and the Organizationp. 25
Integrity of Personality and the Organizationp. 26
Transforming the Organization into an Organismp. 29
Complexity as the Basis for Mindingp. 31
Evolution and Revolutionp. 33
Self-Organizationp. 35
Applying Complexity Theory to Organizationsp. 36
How a Complex System Becomes an Organismp. 39
Coevolutionp. 40
Adapting and Planningp. 43
Organizations Plan Too Muchp. 46
Making a Half-Planp. 48
People Are the Real Assetsp. 53
Self-Organization Sparks Creativityp. 54
Structure, Creativity, and Error: The Foundations of the Minding Organizationp. 57
Hierarchies and Networksp. 59
Creative Tensionp. 61
The Pac-Man Storyp. 63
Heightened Perceptionp. 66
What We Look For and What We Seep. 69
Old Woman, Young Woman, and More on the Same Framep. 71
Good or Bad? A Question of Perception and Contextp. 73
The Expert as Filterp. 74
Strategies to Enhance Creativity in Organizationsp. 74
Articulating Errorsp. 77
Errors as a Source of Innovationp. 83
Errors as Organizational Strategyp. 86
Chaos to Order to Chaos: Embracing Uncertaintyp. 89
From Order to Emergent Chaosp. 93
From Deliberate Chaos to Orderp. 94
The Model of Concurrent Perceptionp. 96
Relentless Improvementp. 98
From Order to Chaos by Defaultp. 101
Supplier, Processor, and Customer (SPC)p. 105
Ongoing Renewal--The IWRAM Learning Modelp. 110
Expanding the Imagination: Frames as Filtersp. 115
Numerical, Literate, and Ecolate Filtersp. 118
Balancing Resourcesp. 121
The Tragedy of the Commonsp. 122
The Cyclic Process of Mindingp. 124
Responsibility with Authority: Creating an Organization That Functions like the Human Bodyp. 126
Kniht Backward: Visit the Future in the Presentp. 131
Plans and Planningp. 133
Plan Backward--Knihtp. 135
Do More with Lessp. 137
Force Future Problems to Surface in the Presentp. 138
From Price to Costp. 138
Shorten Cycle Timep. 141
Get What You Wantp. 141
Bring the Future to the Presentp. 142
The Containers Problemp. 143
The New Leadership: Operating on the Edge of Chaosp. 145
Leadership in the Minding Organizationp. 148
Creating a Sense of Purposep. 149
Purpose in the Organizationp. 152
The Model of "All in Good Measure"p. 156
"All in Good Measure" in Organizations: The Body as a Metaphorp. 162
Achieving Local Goals While Pursuing Global Visionsp. 164
Anatomy of a Problemp. 165
Smart in the Present Statep. 167
Smart in the Goal Statep. 169
The Minding Organization in Actionp. 173
The Thirteen Precepts of the Minding Organizationp. 179
Epiloguep. 181
Appendixp. 183
Sourcesp. 199
Indexp. 201
About the Authorsp. 207
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