Beginning a New Series: Axioms

29 Jun

In a recent series of seminars with a group of people, most of whom were engineers, we fell into a discussion of axioms that seem fall into the category of “managing people and organizations.”

An axiom is a statement or idea that people accept as self-evidently true.  Deming called this “profound wisdom.” Interestingly most of these have some empirical or philosophical basis of support.  Over the next few weeks let’s look at some of these:

•The Peter Principle

•Parkinson’s Law

•The Law of Unintended Consequences

•Occam’s Razor

•Murphy’s Law

•The Pareto Principle

If you have any others, please let me know and I will discuss them.

Beyond Luck is now an e-book on Amazon.  At $6.95 it’s a great deal and it look marvelous on an iPad.


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