Changing the Rules

Rules, simple, Right?

Changing the rules has been a subject on my mind for a few weeks now. I suppose this has to be because my job is to question and change existing rules and methods. However, the aim is to change the existing rules and methods for the better. To try and achieve this you need to win over the support of the people involved and convince them that this is best for them, their jobs and all the other people that it may impact upon.

The British Government is currently under heavy criticism for changing the rules on a number of election promises. They cite that the damage they inherited from the previous government has forced these changes. Frankly, this has now gotten to the point where I am sick of hearing from the majority of politicians. Blaming someone else is a useful political tactic but the chosen reaction from the current government in my opinion doesn’t do enough to protect and support the average person. I am not convinced, and I don’t think much of working class Britain is either.

But enough politics… onto something more general.

Continuous improvement is a core part of what we have to do in a British 2011. If we stand still the ever tighter margins we work to will come and overwhelm us. It is vital, it keeps things fresh and will often ensure survival in troubled times. Of course sometimes change has to happen at the expense of comforts, even livelihoods.  The recent economic chaos has seen companies and other set ups be forced to change to try to cut costs and survive. I was a casualty of the downturn in work in late 2008 and was made redundant. Hardly a promising start to my professional career but we live and learn.

Recently, however, there have been times when it is my responsibility to try to see what the bigger picture is and act accordingly. This has meant being constructively critical against changing what was a very effective system already. I don’t see the point in changing for changes’ sake. As much as I have to convince people to buy in to a new idea, I have to be convinced by it as well. I don’t like to flat turn down suggestions, that is counter-productive but a conversation needs to be had to try and work together to come up with a solution to benefit everybody.

Most of the time there is that simple solution out there somewhere, we just need to talk to find it!


About Peter Woodthorpe

I am a Research Design Engineer living in Leeds, West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom as well as a Childrens Worker for Kidz Klub Leeds. I hold a International Master of Design degree from the University of Leeds.
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