Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

July 2013    |    Volume: 45    |    Number: 7

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Performance by Kevin McManus

Industrial Engineer’s monthly column about performance improvement (July 2013)

Flywheels: Riding vs. driving

When I first read Jim Collins’ book Good to Great, I was struck by the flywheel concept. This analogy helps me explain the positive and negative momentum associated with our living, breathing organizational cultures. At the time, I had just completed leading a significant culture change, and the flywheel concept helped me visualize what we had gone through.

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