BETTER Management PRACTICES
dedicated this page to the subject of “Good Management practices” as I know from my old website that quite a number
of people are interested in the subject. And it also fits very well within the framework of this
GOOD Management Practices?
Even so, I have my observations related to the
term GOOD management practices. What is good to me may not be good to you or may even be too much for you. Good is
very subjective and what is good today will not be so good tomorrow.
Industry's BEST Practice?
People also use the term BEST management
practice or talk about “industry’s best practice”. I have the same feeling about this term and even more so as it
seems to indicate that there is no better. No better? There always is and will be! Or do they mean to say: "this is
the best there is (today)?" Then my question would be: "Is this is the best, is it good enough?"
GOOD or BEST Management Practice ?
Using the terms “good” or best” get more
perspective if there is a large body of consensus, either with a particular industry or with a certain profession.
Certification may also help. The problem, however, is that many companies or people must agree so “best” or “good”
or the certificate criteria will always not be the best but in practice will always be “good enough”- for the
also think that “good” and “best” seem to be rather static and do not indicate that there is or must be a “better”
management practice. “Better” meaning that if you use that, the future will be better, the results will be better,
better than the past.
BETTER Management Practice!
Maybe the term to use is BETTER management
practice and, at least, I prefer that as “better” seems to indicate momentum to a better situation. It indicates
that you will be better than before or better than the competition.
Better Management pracatices are also defined
as: "Methods or techniques found to be the most effective and practicalmeans in achieving an objective (such as
preventing or minimizing pollution) while making the optimum use of the firm's resources."
BETTER Management Practices are GOOD
Better Management Practices are those
practices – or “activities” – that will bring better results.
That is the subject of this website: becoming
better, to reach to a better performance directed by top management and flowing down the organization to obtain the
cooperation of all concerned.
can see only one way via which top management can effectively steer the organization into the desired direction:
using a management system indicating objectives and activities to be carried out.
can see only one way by which the cooperation of all concerned can be obtained: by involving people in the
development and execution of activities to be carried out by using the 17-step, or similar, process.
Here is a list of some good management
practices as I see them and as related to this website. Please bear in mind that I have a safety management
background so some of the items below may be more specifically related to that business area. But, I assume, you
will get the idea. and be able to add to this from your own professional perspective.
fact, I have only one item here: the 17-step process. If you would use that with good intentions, this will affect
contents and structure of your management system in such a way that implementation of activities and results will
17-step process reflects the issues that you will find on my website such as: philosophy, management system content, management system
(element) structure and culture.
Controlling (potential) problems through activities such as:
Hiring and placement
Design of machinery,
Purchasing of goods
management, supervision and operators
modifications of processes, installations, work-methods, etc.
Looking for deviations
Behavior of people
Coping with actual problems
Post Event Plan
Learning from what did not go so well
Keeping systems alive and improve
BETTER Management Practices - Doing the RIGHT things BETTER
BETTER Management Practices
DOING the right things BETTER
The questions then are:
That obviously depends on the objectives of the management system that is being
used. And it depends on the objectives of the activity areas of elements that make up the management system. So you
have two main indicators to find out if you are on the right track:
And if you do not get the results, you apparently are not doing what you should be
If you use the 17-step
process to build your management system and apply the principles communicated via this website, you should end
up doing the right things the right way. Now that is better management practice and to you this would be the best
management practice as you get the results that you are looking for.