Choose Your Hard
Life is a never-ending stream of decisions. From the moment we wake up in the morning to the time we go to sleep, we are making decisions. Even the very act of waking up and going to sleep is a decision. After all, we don’t have to wake up or go to sleep; we make the decision to wake up and go to sleep.
Like waking up and going to sleep, most decisions are easy. They don’t require too much thought and the risk profile is nominal.
But not all decisions we make are that easy.
Some require a bit more thought. For example, think about making plans for a vacation. First, you must decide where you would like to go, taking into consideration where everyone in your party might want to go and what they might want to do when they get there. Unless you are going to Yuma Arizona, where it’s warm and sunny almost all year long, you are going to want to consider the weather. And then there are the flights, auto rentals, and hotels to consider for budget, time, and costs-benefits (value).
Other decisions require considerable contemplation – and these decisions might even be overwhelming at times – with there being even more variables to contemplate and where the risks are amplified; like getting married, having children, and purchasing a house. And most of the time, these life decisions will not be able to be made unilaterally but involve others. Rather, the conflict and consensus will (should) lead to a negotiated solution where the intersection of considerations, which are shared and mutually agreed, reach a point where a decision can be made.
In many of these situations, there is no easy answer or easy way. We have to choose our hard.
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One Shift at a Time
Let’s first make an assumption; that the personnel on the production floor were properly informed in absolute terms what the goals of the plant and the company might be and properly empowered to assess situations as they presented themselves. This is not a given, for all too often the people and their abilities to think critically on the production floor are considered as not much more than the equipment they operated.
When companies are first founded, their spirit and nature is that of an entrepreneurial organization. They are agile and nimble; able to assess a situation and make decisions in real-time. And they can do this because their organizational structure is very compact.
But as they grow, they lose this compactness and put in place rigid standards for operation, often too rigid and also too inflexible. They take away decision-making in the field and consolidate it further up the chain of command. And in doing so, they also lose touch with what is actually happening on the production floor and are unable to see the challenges (both opportunities and threats) that might exist.
But why does this have to be?
It doesn’t, and it shouldn’t.
By Andreas Eschbach
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We are in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. And while much of the attention has been focused on rates of infection, outcomes, treatments, vaccines, masks, and social distancing, there has been little attention paid to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which includes items such as; masks (of varying types), gloves, sanitizers, and other materials that can be used to help protect an individual from becoming infected with COVID-19.
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As the 2020 elections in the United States fast approach, it might be appropriate to look at an article that was published about the same time as the 2016 elections; there are certainly many parallels to be made.
And it is also a good time to revisit some of the concepts of game theory that were put forth and see how the situations in the past might compare to the present.