Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Scientific Management for Peak Performance and Success!

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"Scientific Management is simply management that is based upon actual measurement. Its skillful  application is an art that must be acquired, but its fundamental principles have the exactness of fundamental laws which are open to study by everyone."  
Frank Gilbreth

Scientific Management was the secret of progress from the early 1900's until the early 1920's. The basis of scientific management is studying each step of a process to optimize the step. Together a series of efficient steps create an efficient process. The result is Success! 
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I used the principles of Scientific Management to Join the Top 1% of all eBook Authors. I published these secrets on Amazon for all to read. This book is mostly about time management and process optimization. The principles are applied to writing in the book, but they are valid for any activity. 

To demonstrate the principles of Scientific Management, I am going to apply them to walking.

For every path to success, there is a core activity that must happen. Tracking this activity puts the future successful person in control of their destiny. If this core activity occurs, everything else will fall into place.

For writers, the core activity is time spent doing writing activities. For walkers, it is miles walked. A plan makes things happen. Up until now, I've been walking miles each day based on how I felt and how much time I had. This attained one level of success. Now, I'm taking it to the next level.

In the past few posts, I developed the lunar training cycle. It's time to act. 

Logging activities is the key to successful scientific management. I created the following table to log activities.

28 Day Training Cycle

Every four weeks, I create my training cycle. To do this, I only have to enter the first date in the left column and miles for the starting day in the green cell in the top left. Everything else is done by Excel based on my parameters. The program specifies a goal for each day. These are in the white cells.

On the bottom, the planned miles are the number of miles planned until the end of each walking day. The actual miles are the actual miles walked. The planned daily average and the actual daily average are also there. The targets and actual miles walked for each week are on the right. The totals for the cycle are on the bottom right.

Presentation of the data is the key to quick analysis. I linked the following chart to the table.

The black bars show the mileage goal for each day. A light gray bar appears next to the black bars when I enter data. I'm on day one, so there is only one light gray bar. The raw data is below the chart. I can see my progress with a quick glance.

I will follow this plan for the next 28 days. At the end of 28 days, I'll evaluate its effectiveness and change the process if needed.

For the next 28 days, I'll put the chart at the end of my blog entries. 

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  1. Hi Gershon - scientific management for peak performance sounds a lot like modelling excellence in NLP. Dissecting a successful process and applying it so you get the same positive results. Good luck with your walking - you are sure to succeed with that much training. Big Hugs :~D

  2. Ola, I'm not familiar with NLP, but the way you describe it, the answer is no. Scientific management takes a successful or unsuccessful process and makes it better. It's normal to increase production by 4 to 12 times while employing fewer people who work fewer hours and earn several times the income per day.

    It's an astounding claim, but it works.