“But, I set the context for my team. We talked about the work we would receive from the process step before. We talked about how we would inspect our work before we handed it off to the next process step. I thought I was very clear,” Rory complained.
“So, what happened?” I asked.
“It’s like the team wasn’t listening,” he replied. “I even had them repeat the steps back to me, to make sure I was understood.”
“So, what happened?” I repeated. “Why did you feel the need to be so explicit? Why the need for clarity?”
“We’ve had quality problems out of this team, seems like, forever. They don’t seem to care. They come to work, go through the motions. End of day, they head home. That’s why I was called in to manage this team.”
“So, what was different, after you explained the sequence, described the context for their work?” I probed.
“Nothing changed. We had the same incidence of quality re-works. Almost like shoddy work is part of the team culture.”
“So, what you are telling me is that culture trumps clear work instructions?”
Interesting perspective from Gustavo Grodnitzky in Culture Trumps Everything.