Description: an organization, a group or a person, acting towards a goal, adjusts their behavior in response to delayed feedback. One has to be aware of the delay, otherwise more actions are required to correct the same problem. Sometimes - progress made cannot be seen.
Management Principle: In a sluggish system, aggressiveness produces instability. Organization, group or person has to be patience or make system more responsive.
Business Story: Real estate market: developers /builders kept building new properties without having enough buyers in sluggish market. There are plenty of properties available in the market and having enough additional properties still under construction, resulting in a glut. …show more content…
In this archetype, fundamental, long-term actions for reform are neglected in favor of those with more immediate, and probably ephemeral, results.
Management Principle: The easy way out usually leads back in.
Solutions that address only the symptoms of a problem and not the root of the problem –gives only short term benefits. In the long term, the problem resurfaces and there is an increased pressure for symptomatic response.
Business Story: Taking pain relievers to address chronic pain rather than visiting your doctor to try to address the underlying problem.
Borrowing money to cover uncontrolled spending.
Outsourcing core business competencies rather than building internal capacity.
Implementing government programs that increase the recipient’s dependency on the government, e.g., welfare programs that do not attempt to simultaneously address low unemployment or low wages (also shifting the burden to the intervener, in this case, to the government)
Shifting the burden to the Intervenor:
Description: The phenomenon of short term improvements using the intervenors leads to a long term dependency on the intervenor. Intervenors can be federal assistance to cities, or welfare programs. Shifting the burden to intervenors only makes the system weaker than before