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A Brief Thought on Managing Systems

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A cobble by itself is just a small stone, but when many of them lay together they create a path . My life is made up of many discrete parts. I have to find ways to fit them all into place so that I can continue to journey where I desire to go. This journal records some of the cobbles that create my path.

A Brief Thought on Managing Systems

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I have run out of brain today due to extreme effectiveness in tackling my To Do list. So I offer a thought I crafted last month when I was helping Kiki wrestle with her school’s registration system to set up classes for next year:

Among the things my kids are learning by participating in public school: Bureaucratic systems are often stupid, but if you are clever, the system can be made to dance.

The system danced and Kiki now has a solid plan for classes through the end of high school. As a side note, I once read an article talking about the economic differences between people who believe that systems must be endured and the people who believe that systems are to be managed. People in the second category tended to be more financially prosperous. I wish I could remember where I read about it, but that goes with the lack of remaining brain I guess.

Mirrored from onecobble.com.

  • Actually, I've heard something similar about the system -- but there were three ways of viewing:

    Upper class -- the system is for me, and if for me to use and manipulate for myself.
    Middle class -- the system works, if I follow the system, thinks will generally work out ok.
    Lower class -- the system is broken and antagonistic, and is to be avoid or manipulated for myself.

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