Join David Allen for an in-depth discussion in this video Is Getting Things Done scalable for teams, families, or companies?, part of Getting Things Done.
- This education really is scalable, but almost in a funny way. It's like, can you teach an organization to read? No. You teach people in the organization to read, and you better have a literate culture to have your organization work. So can you teach an organization GTD? No. You have to teach the individuals in that organization GTD, but the whole culture can very much support that education and support those behaviors. So, a lot of what we've seen in the uptake in organizations and a lot of the interest is getting their cultures to sort of uptake some of these basic standards and basic ideas and principles.
You know, if an organization did nothing more than ensure that every meeting started with what exactly we are trying to accomplish, by what time, and no conversation, either in the hall or in those meetings, is ever left without going "So what did we just "decide, and what's the next action? "Is that yours or mine?" And people actually kept track of those commitments and those agreements, pssh. It could change a culture. We've seen that happen. So, yeah, it's very possible for whole cultures to sort of move up the food chain, if you will. It really just takes some key people there that start to do these behaviors, because you can't really teach somebody to do GTD.
Yeah, you can in a way, you can show them what the methodology is, and it's kind of hard to legislate system to anybody. But you can hold them accountable to the results. You know, we had a major general in the Air Force, in the U.S. Air Force, big champion of my stuff. And he didn't, he didn't force people to go do a weekly review, to review their project list. He just required them, on Monday morning when they all reported, that they all better have that real clear. So he didn't go say, "You have to go do GTD." He just required them to have control of the stuff that GTD causes you to get control of.
It's just good business. So it's not like some cult-ish thing. I mean, it kind of shows up that way, because you get real fan boys and lots of champions for this model. And at last count, I think there were over 300 software applications we had seen that purport to support the getting things done model itself. So, it kind of took off, especially in the tech and operational world.
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