I work in nature conservation and in our sector we are always looking for the next big solution to our big problem of biodiversity loss. But I sometimes wonder if we should focus on the small solutions. The small changes that, if scaled up, could have huge impact. Even if it’s just making small, but important, changes in our own organisations to improve our efficiency and increase our impact.
We’ve just started our Operations Management course in the MBA - and it’s my favourite course so far. Not only is the course lecturer, Feryal Erhun, a brilliant teacher but I can immediately see how I can put the lessons learned into practice. What I’ve got from the course to date is that Operations Management is all about improving processes and making them more efficient.
A classmate was looking particularly stunning last week on the MBA programme. She was wearing a beautiful dress - businessy but stylish. I commented on how well she looked and she replied by telling me that she had given herself a promotion. She runs her own small company and gives herself a promotion every couple of years to keep herself motivated. She said that with her latest promotion she decided she would dress differently - to make her really believe this new promotion.
I have started playing a game every time I go to a presentation or lecture, read a report, or am the recipient of marketing. The game is to spot the white man. And, if I have the inclination, count the number of times a white man appears versus a non-white person.
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