Companies and investors are spending a lot of money on change. And engagement. And innovation. So, how are they doing? Anyway you look at them, the figures are startling. Or depressing. Or both. 

  • 90% of startups fail
  • 85% of employees are disengaged
  • 66% of change fails
  • 66% of UK Millennials are looking for a new job
  • 50% of UK employees want to change their job
  • 3,000,000 Americans quit their job in December 2015 alone
  • 800,000 UK workers are on zero hour contracts

How have we got to this state of affairs? How has decades of research and investment produced record levels of disengagement? Widespread anxiety? A desperate need to find something meaningful to do? So much so that at least half the working population is looking for something else. 

The reasons are complex. And difficult to capture in a blog. But I can point a finger or two.

A Brief History of Management Thought  

Management science is roughly 100 years old. Frederick Taylor is the original guru. The man who made management scientific. Before Taylor, workers determined a factory's output.  When the workers thought they had done enough, they upped tools and left.  To drink. Often for days. Then, out of money, they trooped back to work. And the process started again.