Monthly Archives: May 2010

Growth vs Development

Am reading one of Russell Ackoff’s books that speaks to the importance of employee development as sometimes more important than affecting company growth. He goes one step further to note that lack of resources are linked to development — that it unlocks the creativity in an organization and induces learning. But core to his argument is that the organization has to be developed (one of learners) to leverage such a situation. -JM

“A lack of resources can limit growth but not development. The more developed individuals, organizations, or societies becomes the less they depend on resources and the more they can do with whatever resources they have. They also have the ability and the desire to create or acquire the resources they need.”**

** Ackoff’s Best: His Classic Writings on Management, Chapter 3.