The Development Of A New Instruction

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In Part Two: The Response the authors share some of the best leadership advice in the book the process and mindset to solve adaptive problems. The first section “Get on the Balcony” requires the leader to gain perspective on the problem and to take an objective look at the mess. The development of a new instruction was a technical challenge that required a coordinated effort to develop. Technical feedback sessions were held and employee buy-in was earned through the incorporation of employee effort and feedback into the final instruction. But the adaptive challenge was the rapid adoption of new and revised policy to correct the engineering culture that prioritized completing tasks quickly over technical accuracy and documentation…show more content…
Early in the process I made overtures to a group of loud and influential senior engineers to learn of their feedback and to keep my opposition close. By working with these engineers I forged new advocates as the process was different and did include all of the stakeholders. So what started with total disbelief matured into guarded head nods and ultimately agreement as we developed an excellent instruction that was better due to their critical feedback. The most important section to develop a guanine leadership style is the need to accept responsibility for your piece of the mess. As a systems engineer I also benefited from the old system of reduced documentation, but I understood the value of properly tailoring an effort to scale with the size of the project. I knew that my prior projects were documented correctly, but I had the control to establish these levels and they were not dictated to me by management or a local organizational policy. By understanding I was part of the problem allowed me to be part of the solution. The loss of a lead engineer to control their project was huge and I had to “Acknowledge their loss”. This sacrifice needed to be communicated and I reasoned that we were better off establishing our own standards than being at risk
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