I think it is no secret that I inherently view Quality as a progressive endeavor, and do not see eye-to-eye with colleagues who are conservative. How anyone can take our anti-Taylorist endeavor and not get to stands like the importance of human rights and the need to center those whose rights are challenged – like women – is beyond me. How can we stand for autonomy and not fight for the autonomy of all.
The silence of quality organizations is deafening.
What I want to write about now is how the roll-back of Roe in Dobbs should be a real clarion call to the life science industry, which needs to stop funding conservative politicians because those politicians do not have our best interests at heart.
The fight over Mifepristone and Misoprostol has already begun. The religious conservatives will go after it, and this reactionary court will need to gut the FD&C and the rest of the regulatory regime behind drugs in this country to let that happen. This will be really bad. It will cause life science companies to pull research, clinical trials, and manufacturing from this country as we will no longer be the gold standard in the life sciences. We will be a joke.
I will not be happy with this story until every member of the Sackler family who was involved in the decision-making at Perdue is in jail and the family has lost every dollar they made. But I am heartened to see the failure of their failed bankruptcy ploy leading to the addition of another 1.5 billion in settlement.
Just like the immense sins of Jack Welch and GE will always tarnish six Sigma it is past time to realize that the conservative, looking backwards to Toyota of much of Lean thinking is a mistake that limits adoption and more importantly innovation.
As a company there is much at Toyota that is just wrong. The 2020 recalls were significant, but frankly not the first year the company has been having major quality contorl issues.
But more important is the fact the company is a liar and a supporter of authoritarianism. As a promponent of the pillars of Lean thats just damn hypocritical. After the failed coup of Janaury 6th, Toyota pledged to no longer fund anyone who supported the attack against US democracy. As of June they are the top fundraiser to those Republicans, giving to nearly a quarter of the 147 GOP politicians who objected to certifying the election results.
Toyota is showing us who they are. A company that stands apart from the principles so important to the Quality profession.
For root cause analysis, read the University of Chicago study that found that America’s biggest police forces lack legality, as they are not answerable to human rights compliant laws authorizing the use of lethal force.
It is impossible not to reach the conclusions that the culture is rotten, there are inherently bad actors, and institutional resistance to change is standing in way of improvement.
Given the continued failures in implementing change, it is time to shift the resistors out of police departments. The only way to effectively do that seems to radically restructure the police, breaking their responsibilities up and sending those responsibilities to organizations better suited for these duties.
“I usually solve problems by letting them devour me.”
Franz Kafka, Letter to Max Brod
This blog is named after a great short story by Franz Kafka, a writer who should be read by every Quality professional.
Franz Kafka’s work has huge relevance for management and organization. The characteristics of bureaucracy that we find in Kafka’s fiction are widespread in the real world bureaucracies we find ourselves in, particularly the ambiguity of rules, the existence of informal networks within organizations, and systemic corruption. Reading Kafka has greatly influenced my ideas of organizational sense-making and has shaped many of my ideas on ethical issues and conflicts that arise within organizations. It is no exaggeration to say that Kafka’s name is as closely linked to the notion of bureaucracy as Weber’s, and deserves a central place in all organizational studies. Quite frankly, Quality as a practice and a profession would do well to read Kafka thoroughly.