In my extensive work with primary health care I have found
that operations research is not only an effective management tool, but
that it can also be a catalyst to promote community development. Operations
research has a lot in common with health education and development. The
three components of Operations research are quite similar to Covey's intersection
of knowledge, skills and desire. Thus, the management process is linked
to both the learning and creative process.
It is feasible, therefore to demonstrate the connectivity
between various learning, management, and creative processes (see table
below). This table makes several important points.
First, the management process can and should go hand
in hand with the learning process and the creative process. Managers should
be "foraging" and borrowing methods and tools from the learning and creative
processes to improve the planning and management process.
Second, amid a abundance of management, learning and
creative processes there are more similarites than differences. It is not
necessary to learn a dozen different independent processes, but rather
to understand one general process with variations and terminology applied
to your working environment. For me, FRANK's
creative management is this unifying process.
FRANK'S Creative Management is meant to emphasize that
the creative management process should be personalized to the individual.
I feel that everyone should personalize the creative process, so I've included
a special personalization
matrix to help you to create your own creative management acronym.
The matrix of action verbs for each letter of the alphabet and each component of the creative process. This permits you to choose from 11,881,376 five-word combinations to design your own personal acronym for creative management. For example RETHA'S Creative Management might be:
Researching is collecting information
Examining is generating lots of ideas
Taking up is embracing an idea
Honing is improving your idea
Advocating is never giving up
You can design a personalized acronym as a daily reminder
to apply creative management in all your learning, management and creative