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There is a typical Dilbert cartoon about the project manager being late again and sometimes it is necessary to get a grip on the total concept of time in order to appreciate what is really going on in the office.

 

Apparently this universe of ours was ‘created’ about 14 billion years ago and swarmed around expanding into the nothingness until about 4.5 billion years ago when our earth was formed from a consolidation of the debris.

 

For another billion years the earth got itself into shape by moving rocks around, spinning on itself and around the sun until approximately 3.5 billion years ago when some chemicals started to duplicate and replicate creating the beginnings of life on earth.

 

The bacteria gave rise to amoeba an on and on until the dinosaurs who lived about 50 million years ago. chanel replica sale The earliest hominid fossils date to 6 million years ago and Homo sapiens appeared in our present form in Africa about 150,000 years ago. chanel replica Some tribes left that continent and seem to have scared off or killed the other human like species (e.g Neanderthals) around the whole planet until there were none remaining except us.

 

In the Upper Paleolithic period about 40,000 years ago we see the first cave paintings in the south west of France and 11,000 years ago the ice melts and Ireland, England, Australia among others become isolated.

10,000 years ago the first farming practices arrive from the near-east and seem to have become commonplace replacing to hunter/ gatherer approach as a way of life (a recent Punch cartoon asks ‘when did we become a species of browser/ purchasers?’)

 

8,000 years ago is the first signs of towns and cities, the start of civilization. 5,000 years ago is Newgrange in Ireland with it’s winter solistice tunnel as perhaps the first Irish timepiece.

 

About 4,000 years ago the first alphabet arrived giving rise to an explosion in our understanding of  ‘civilisation’.  Of course a lot was happening in the middle east 2,000 years ago and the pace of time seems to quicken around the world through 600 AD and the council of churches, up to 1500 AD and the arrival of Columbus to the Americas.

 

The pace quickens again with the industrial revolution and advent of public transport and mass production in the early 1900’s. chanel replica handbags The end of the 1900’s saw the technology revolution in computing and communication giving rise to a quickening in globalization, outsourcing and Friedman’s ‘Flat world’. The early 2000’s saw the pace quicken again with the sequencing of the genome and the promise of an extended and disease free life.

 

From 2005 onwards we are now looking for even greater productivity from our ‘knowledge workers’ and hence the continual cry to do more with less and quicker.

But where are we going to get that time and still maintain a balanced and fulfilled life.

Perhaps by treating our work more like a factory and applying the same process and quality thinking that we applied in the last century. For production workers read ‘knowledge workers’.

Or perhaps from better people management. chanel replica If we can assess, and select the right people for the right task we will obviously improve their productivity. chanel replica sale And if we can improve our team performance through better understanding of who we are and what we need then we will be on our way to meeting the needs of the new knowledge worker and the expectations of Dilbert above.

 

The new information flowing from the sequencing of the human genome combined with a better understanding of brain chemistry will allow us to reevaluate our approach to people management (assessment, selection and development) and in turn create a productivity increase in knowledge workers as measurable as that in the production factories of the last century.

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