Can Confucius really Improve Your Business...?

From time to time you’ll see quotes from great visionaries who lived many years ago.

One of the quotes you’ll see a lot is the one above by Confucius which in my opinion, applies equally to us today as it must have done all those years ago; even with all our technology and modern techniques, the principle holds true in Business and in Life…

First time I saw the quote was at the school I was studying; which was sometime in the middle of the last century…

I was engaged on a four-year Programme to become a Civil Engineer. The study involved 3 years in school and 1-year internship. The internship was divided in two sessions of 5 months each.

So when I discovered this quote I could immediately see how it applied to my studies.

During our classes the teachers told us a HUGE amount about the world of Civil Engineering, large amounts of data, principles and concepts. Imagine, sitting in a classroom and being TOLD all this information; it’s overwhelming and the brain simply can’t cope with it, so that’s why we don’t remember very much when we are simplyTOLD things… 

It also explains why I fell asleep a few times too….

It’s because this style of teaching only affects our Short Term Memory – which lasts around 30 seconds, hardly surprising that we forget most of what we are told…

A few times each year during the Course we would visit a construction site, concrete factory or exposition where we’ve been SHOWN how certain processes actually work in the real world.

Some were interesting some really weren’t, and as you know we tend to remember just the most interesting ones.

The one I remember being the most interesting was the building of the second ‘Brienenoord’ bridge near Rotterdam. Entering the cellar of the bascule bridge we experienced a sense of amazement and WOW factor….!! It was an impressive sight...

The experience of participating in this meant that the memory became locked into my Long Term Memory – much more powerful than simply hearing about the bridge – we actually experienced it…

Throughout the last year of the study I was working the first half at the Province Zuid-Holland and the second at the Commune of The Hague, both as Supervisor.

Can you imagine, just coming out of College with not a single day experience, and then working outside checking up on people with years of experience to make sure they were doing their job correctly…?

Me neither…

So, I simply remembered the quote of Confucius. I let them INVOLVE me into their work. I helped with driving a road roller, placing guardrails, even digging holes in some of the worst weather conditions possible.

And because they involved me into their work I learned so many things I didn’t find in school books and it really made me understand how the real world of Civil Engineering actually works.

Back to the present and this famous quote of Confucius is applied to our PEP Talk Program launched at the beginning of the year to enable you to make dramatic improvements to your business performance...

With the PEP Talk Program, a 7 step business improvement program, we are not onlytelling and showing you what we are going to do, we will involve you and your team into the program.

For me it’s normal to involve people in Business Improvements.

Amazingly enough I still hear from some companies where the people weren’t involved in any of the Business Improvements being made.

No surprise that the improvements in these companies didn’t work out as they hoped for – short term memory applies to businesses as well as individuals…

It’s pretty simple…

Involving people will make them understand which will lead to success and business growth – the PEP Talk Program is about long term sustainable improvements…

If you’d like to find out more about our PEP Talk Program and how we can transform your Productivity, Efficiency and Profitability to improve YOUR business, just send me an email to arrange a time for a coffee and a chat…

Which would you like to improve in 2016 – ProductivityEfficiency orProfitability…?

Or would you like all three…?

I look forward to hearing from you…

And yes.... Confucius can really Improve Your Business !!

Kind regards,

Frits Steketee

 

Posted by Frits Steketee Wednesday, June 29, 2016 11:16:00 AM

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