Sunday, 27 March 2011

Management Is The Key, But How Do You Manage ? In Reference With Japan Quake.

“There are no hopeless situations; there are only men and women who have grown hopeless about them.”

I remember this management saying when I read in a newspaper today about the road in Japan which was devastated by the March 11, 2011 devastating earthquake. The highway was situated in Naka, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan, and was severely damaged because of the 7.2 quake.
However, a Japanese company restored the damaged section of the highway linking Tokyo and Ibaraki in just six (6) days. Yes, in only six days!

I then kept on thinking why countless other road projects in many countries of the world took many months to repair or rehabilitate. I know for a fact that the repair of just a small damaged portion of some roads or highways in some countries took six months to one year to finish

Where lies the difference? Is it due to graft and corruption? Is it due to the incompetence of some contractors?

Whatever the cause for the unreasonable delay in fixing a damaged road, management is a factor. For management is defined as getting things done through people. It is the art of using limited resources – time, money, organization, machines, the services of men, to accomplish an objective.

The principle that lies behind in fixing a road efficiently and effectively is the same principle that can be used in all other human endeavors – like running a bank, an organization, a small business, a job, a career, an event, or any other human activity.

Too often, we heard and witnessed a lot of business being closed, of companies going bankrupt, of firms in the red. The root cause of these problems is lack of management, or due to poor management.

The key to effective performance is to manage, and manage effectively and well. This principle applies to any human activity, be it in running a business, a family, a relationships, a school, or even in blogging.

But how do you manage? What is your management style?

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