From around the age of 8 to around the age of 15 I tried to master the Violin. My goal? The “1st chair,” reserved for the most accomplished violinist.
Sadly, apart from pulling off a few Irish jigs and simple classics, I finally had to admit I wasn't very good.
That sad realization came as a huge disappointment. I had such a passion for music, but no matter how long I practiced, I was always a semitone off. My fingers just never hit the string in the right place. (Damn it!).
In retrospect, it should have been obvious that music wasn’t ...
A blast from the past
Originally, TPS training promoted the importance of a ‘No Blame culture’ in a change program – this consideration has lost momentum, mainly because our psychological use of blame is not common knowledge. Rather than learn, we've ignored. We also respond automatically to those around us with defence mechanisms rooted in fear and guilt, via issues established through imprinting phases from childhood... this is also way off the western lean radar.
Extract from our PDF 'The Psychology of Lean Manufacturing'
The Brain and Change
So what’s really going on behind the scenes?
In March 2009 Elizabeth Gould gave a talk entitled ‘How does Experience Influence the Brain? This was at the same time she was presented with the Ben Franklin Award at the RSA. In this talk Gould explained her focus on ‘Neurogenesis’ (The birth of new neuronal cells in the brain). Interestingly for the world of organisational change, she also touched on the related rate of change in an adult mammalian brain.
Originally investigating the effect of hormones on cell survival, an experiment, which saw the removal of the adrenal glands in rodents, resulted in massive cell death in certain brain regions, but confusingly, no net decrease in brain mass.
Aware of the first Spanish Nobel Prize Winner (1906), Santiago Ramon Y Cahal and his identification of neurons and dendritic spines using Camillo Golgi’s Silver Nitrate staining method (1905 – image left), (link) the potential for the brain to generate new cells wasn’t an entirely alien idea in the world at large, but there was little evidence readily available and opinions on the subject seemed to conflict.
To explain the anomaly in her own experiment Gould and her colleagues went on a search of old studies and soon found papers from the 1960’s (this was before the internet) from various authors.