This afternoon, I saw the movie Moneybal
l. I have seldom been so moved by a film.
And I mention it here because this true story is the best metaphor I've ever seen of the need for a clear-cut philosophy of organizational success which is reducible to practice.
The need for clarity of objective. The need to describe it. The need to get buy-in. The inevitable resistance. How, in a change setting, the situation often (always?) worsens before improving. The need for valued assistants. How to make decisions consistently and confidently. How the human and the structural interact. The self-doubt. Partial vs total success.
This film captures the life of an organization at multiple levels. I strongly recommend it to you.
One note, especially for my readers outside the United States. The film is entirely built around the game of American Baseball. A knowledge of baseball improves comprehension; a working knowledge of baseball statistics and baseball history helps more. Yet, even without this, many of the lessons will flow for you.
I was familiar with the book from which this movie was made. Yet the film captures organizational change in a way no book ever could.
And it is an excellent way to keep on learning.