Author Archives: InspGuilfoyle

About InspGuilfoyle

I am a serving Police Inspector and systems thinker. I am passionate about doing the right thing in policing. I have a big problem with numerical targets, unnecessary bureaucracy, and anything else that stops police officers from providing the best possible service. I believe that by adopting a systems approach, policing can be transformed beyond the wildest expectations of many.

Stick Child’s Kitchen Nightmares

One evening Stick Child was awake a bit later than usual and saw part of a programme about a TV chef who goes into failing restaurants and helps them get back on track. Being as Stick Child is only 9 … Continue reading

Posted in Systems thinking | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Method in the Madness?

Deming was fond of saying, “By what method?” In other words, if you want to see performance improvements you need to have an actual method for achieving them. This means understanding the system and improving system conditions to help the workers … Continue reading

Posted in Systems thinking | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Leadership is Not Enough

Much is made of the importance of leadership, and I don’t disagree. However, what’s often overlooked is the importance of system conditions. Deming talked about this when he pointed out most troubles and possibilities for improvement come from the system. Think … Continue reading

Posted in Systems thinking | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

A Better Way

One day during the school holidays, Stick Child’s daddy took him to an outdoor adventure park, where people climb through the trees using various ropes, nets, rickety bridges, zip wires and other things. Stick Child’s daddy thought he’d be pretty … Continue reading

Posted in Systems thinking | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Nonsense

If you use this… “Total recorded crime this month (2,325 offences) shows an increase of 64 offences compared to last month (+2.8%), and an increase of 97 offences compared to the same period last year (+4.4%). The year-to-date figure is … Continue reading

Posted in Systems thinking | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Face the Facts

We like actual evidence, don’t we? Then don’t be like the guy on the right!

Posted in Systems thinking | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Three Different Things

I almost called this blog post ‘Spot the Difference 2′ because it follows on from this old post. The reason for revisiting the arguments in that blog is because since the advent of our little friend Stick Child, the need … Continue reading

Posted in Systems thinking | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments