Turn On ALL the Lights
Story behind the Story
early nineteen hundreds, scientific management delivered
pronominal increases in worker productivity. A man with a
stopwatch asked, “What would happen if…?” The Hawthorne
experiment was the all time classic. At the Western Electric
plant in Hawthorne, Illinois, illumination was increased from 24
to 46, and then to 70 foot candles. Measured worker
productivity went up as the lights got brighter. Obviously,
turning up the lights made a difference. Just to make sure, the
light was reduced, and productivity remained above the baseline.
It was not until the illumination was reduced to the level of
ordinary moonlight, 0.06 foot candles that production dipped
below baseline. In other experiments the illumination remained
the same, but the workers were told that it had changed. In each
case, the workers described that the new levels made work
really happening? Obviously, it must have been a people
thing. Workers were carefully interviewed. With supervisors
listening to workers there were changes in behavior. Is it that
simple? Listen to people and productivity goes up? No, that
would be like saying brighter lights lead to greater
productivity. Every situation is different. Real life is
complex with more variables than we can ever imagine. To get
past simplistic answers to complex problems we must apply models
that incorporate chaos theory, fuzzy logic, and the butterfly
on All the Lights,
means looking at every situation under different sets of lights,
seeing different pictures of the same thing, and assembling the
whole picture before jumping to conclusion. Colorful
Leadership is about doing this in a disciplined way.
Our organization helps your
organization turn on all the lights, and we do it without dimming
any of the lights that are currently bright. You don't get
better at one thing by dimming down another thing. Keep
doing what you do well, and add something different. We work with organizations through strategic
planning sessions where we help your staff see things in a new light. We also do keynote
speaking at conferences and conventions.
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"You have an
absolutely unique view and approach to the dilemmas of
leadership called Colorful Leadership. I will tell you
that in 12 years of featuring a broad array of leaders, I have
never come across anything remotely like your approach."
Linda Hatcher, Editor,
Read the recent
interview with Leadership Guide Magazine
Colorful Leaders take a disciplined look at situations from
three perspectives, one at a time, and then act appropriately
based on the complete picture. It is based on the additive
color process that makes every color television work. Red,
green, and blue lights combine to create white light, and a full spectrum of
colors, forming a beautiful high definition image.
Wille, author of Colorful Leadership, is a senior
applications manager at a large insurance company with U.S.
headquarters in Colorado. He has over 25 years experience in
corporate information technology management. His article on
Constructive Conflict has been published internationally.
Steve is a PMP (Project Management Professional) and has
developed multiple large information technology systems from the
ground up. Steve's MBA degree is from Regis University in
Denver, and his BSBA degree is from the University of Denver.