The antidote to cranial rectal insertion in the academic world
(This post is based on an excerpt from one of the “Tips for Managers” sections in Win More Grants eBook available on Amazon for free, today only, 13th April.)
TIPS FOR MANAGERS
The randomness of grant success is potentially a very touchy subject given that academia typically rewards those staff who bring in lots of grant funding by giving them promotion. W. Edwards Demming wrote substantially on this topic and specifically in his classic book, Out of the Crisis. In it he warns of the problems associated with merit systems that are simply lotteries. Here is an extract, where he quotes from The Face of Battle, by John Keegan.
As to the influence and genius of great generals – there is a story that Enrico Fermi once asked General Leslie Groves how many generals might be called ‘great’. Groves said about three out of every 100. Fermi asked…
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