30 Dec 2018

What Makes A System Work?

What Makes A System Work And Successfully Meet Objectives, Expectations And Requirements?

Successful companies have visionary leadership, are able to understand the changing context of their businesses, look ahead and adapt. The 20th and 21st century has been fertile with innovation. Many history-defining breakthrough inventions have been developed. Innovation is growing at a pace never known before.  The inventors and innovators are naturally accepted as leaders for their ability to clearly define their vision. These leaders can at times be harsh taskmasters; nearly dictatorial in pursuit of their passion (invention/vision). However, where the innovators are part of the team as a group and the leaders of the organization separate the leadership challenges are different. A professionally lead organization without a system cannot be only driven by the passion of its leader and this is certainly not a recipe for prolonged success.  

The need to put a system in place is but, of course, the result of a decision made by the leadership/ top management (TM). TM must have the desire to operate in a systematic manner to achieve desired results and outputs. That desire is indeed key to the motivation of the rest of the organization and crucial to gaining their involvement.  The PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) cycle has to be understood and correctly aligned to the desired standard. There is also a need for commitment from the leadership to the unrelenting pursuit of their policy being systematically converted into measurable objectives and implemented throughout the organization, the implementation monitored and reviewed to ensure continual improvement. 

As experienced consultants, QMII has over 32 plus years, been implementing management systems to achieve results. Consultants never hold the recipe for success but can facilitate and guide the leadership and the organization in the right direction. The key to success is a motivated leadership. Trusting consultants to perform miracles using the perfect templates is a medicine for disaster in the making. A commitment to excellence starts with the leadership and needs the organization’s team to build a system ensuring consistency in meeting the requirements of the customer, stated or unstated. Then alone can an organization attain the success it seeks.  

As the year ends and reminiscing on my experience, education and learning from association with numerous varied organizations, my conclusion in differentiating between successful and not so successful organizations take me to the intent and determination of the TM to be committed to the system approach.