Its time for a management revolution! Why you ask? Okay, let me pose this question to you, “how did you feel after sharing your last great idea only to be dismissed out of hand by your boss”? If I had to place money on the table, it would be on the side of “not so good” right? In addition, I would also be willing to bet you have a track record of success, which supports you in other ideas too. So this isn’t just a one off idea, in other words you have a good history in doing the right thing.
Yet you were still dismissed out of hand by your boss or management. There was not even an offer to investigate, or collaborate the idea with others to possibly make it even stronger. Instead you were likely met with a phrase such as “that’s not the way we have done it in the past”, “what are you thinking, we can’t do that” or the famous ”are you crazy”? So its back to your box [often referred to as a cubical] you go, left only with a painful feeling of defeat and frustration. Again, you know what I am talking about as you have been here before.
But it does not stop here, as I am also willing to take my “bet” even further to say this wasn’t the only time this has happened to you either, was it? As this was likely just one of many good ideas, which were shot down again, even after you, had proven your abilities in the past. Now that we are thinking this way, stop and ask yourself why is this the case? Why do businesses [made up of smart people] support such unproductive behavior? With these things now said, the real question we have to ask becomes "why is your company wasting the value you bring?”
Also think about this too, as in reality it is an epidemic sized problem, which starts with you, but affects many. In addition this is not new, as it has been an existing problem for a while, however it is also a growing challenge for all western businesses in general. As unlike the past decades where they operated for the most part in closed loop economies. They now find that they have to compete on the basis of productivity and innovation verses the might brought on by eastern-based companies, which are driven by a combination of a large, as well as low cost workforce. In short as the cliché goes, they are waking up to find out that their “cheese has been moved” and that is a problem the majority failed to see coming and must wake up to the fact they have been blindsided.
So stop for a minute and look in a mirror to ask yourself, do you want to become part of the “solution” or would you rather remain part of the “problem”? If you answered “solution”, then you need to read the ”Quincy Effect”. As these are the paradigms we will explore using pop culture analogies of the seventies to explain the interaction of these complex social paradigms and what they really mean to you. In addition to answering the question as to “why” this happens. We will also tackle the harder part that many books tend to steer clear of. As we will attempt to provide answers to the question “what can I do about it” too. Because, by reading the “Quincy Effect” you are in fact signing up to be a modern day change agent.
Remember, today businesses compete on a global stage meaning that the creation of “institutional friction” (a topic we explore in the book) is the “killer of business advantage” and something which no person or company can afford any longer. In addition, we will show how perfectly good people can easily become “unwitting villains” stifling the growth and productivity of their teams without even realizing they are doing this and creating the “Quincy Effect”.
The bottom line is, if your tired of your ideas being dismissed out of hand, along with the frustration and value loss to your business. Then “The Quincy Effect“ is a must read book for you as its time we take business success into our own hands leading the way for others to follow and ”The Quincy Effect" is a tool which can show us how to do this!