As a physicist, I remember something that still fills me with wonder. How people can put their ideas into maths and then find a ‘remainder’ that does not fit (like 2 into 5 goes 2 remainder 1) and then go look in the real world for the remainder. That’s how the Higgs boson was discovered and later found in the real world.
So as an experiment I turned my reflections & thoughts into maths to see what I would learn. Beware the faint hearted, this will require some concentration!!
The problem had been there a long while:
Chaos – management ≠ results
Management – conversation ≠ results
We had to apply two things:
chaos + conversation = learning
chaos + management = results
As a result, people are talking about it:
management + results = conversation
And we are thinking about why it worked and how we can do more of what worked and less of what didn’t:
Results + conversation = learning
Learning + conversation = management (x2)
And then I wondered if I could look for some “remainder” in the maths and so recognise something in reality
- chaos – management≠ results
- management – conversation ≠ results
- chaos + conversation = learning
- chaos + management = results
- management + results = conversation
- results + conversation = learning
- learning + conversation = management
Combining 7 and 1 for example, by substituting for management gives:
chaos – (learning + conversation) ≠ results
So that means you wont get results without engaging people! What about the inverse?
Does (learning + conversation) – chaos = results
Oooow – so management isn’t required if there’s room and time for what people like doing – learning and conversing! And substituting management from 7 into 4 seems to confirm it:
chaos + (learning + conversation) = results
Or matching learning in 6 & 3:
chaos + conversation = results + conversation
Take away conversation from each side and:
chaos = results
What…..ah! One man’s chaos is another man’s results – ah hah !
That explains why two ways of thinking about results results in a lack of results…. c’mon keep up! What about combining 5 and 6:
(chaos + management) + results = conversation
Hmmm – that must be what good management looks like. Or reversing it
(chaos + management) = conversation – results
That must describe a talking shop of endless meetings! I could go on….but only the lovely nerds are still reading LOL
What’s clear is that the way you think, creates the equations. The way you think affects your interpretation of what you discover. And despite the maths, the language is very important.
As for the lessons learned, make your own mind up. I learned something but I’ll keep that to myself.