The Worst Thing about Best Practices

The Worst Thing about Best Practices  - http://www.themanager.org Avatar Posted by Dagmar_R under Strategy
From http://www.themanager.org 2622 days ago
Made Hot by: thecorneroffice on August 3, 2015 7:48 am
Few consulting “tools” are more widely abused these days than so-called best practices. It’s no wonder most banks, supermarkets, airlines, retailers, and consulting firms look astonishingly similar—they’ve been busy copying each other’s best practices for decades. The problem with best practices is this: that approach lulls people into thinking that a best practice really exists that can be successfully transplanted. Here are four reasons you should dump best practices.





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Written by lyceum
2617 days ago

Was the article written by Michael W. McLaughlin? I missed it, sorry. I saw the first line: 9TH FEBRUARY 2015 BY DAGMAR RECKLIES

You have to start to answer the question Why (Simon SInek) you are in business, and then go from there. You can't copy & paste a best practice example from some other company.



Written by lyceum
2619 days ago

Dagmar: Welcome to BizSugar! Dagmar could you list some companies that have skipped best practices, and gone their own way instead?



Written by Dagmar_R
2618 days ago

Lyceum, Thanks for your comment.

This is a guest article on our website; hence I am not the author. However, I guess most businesses do well without caring about best practices. They just find out what works for them and go with it. This article is about the risk for businesses that blindly follow the advice of consultants who try to sell them best practices that work for others.

A company I worked for tried to copy the workforce structures of a profitable competitor, i.e. how many people work in which department. It was a complete disaster.



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