abstract art, a systems view

Working on the system

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In my day-job, it is my last day of full time employment at a company where I have worked for over 30 years (in its various incarnations). The end of an era, or was it an eon?

As well as having the pleasure of working with some wonderful people, it was also a great place for learning from the work. I learned how to work on the system, rather than just working in it.

It is a sad fact that employees all over the globe spend their time and ingenuity getting around the system, or “playing the system”, mostly because employers don’t give them the opportunity to get involved in improving it.

According to W.Edwards Deming “it is the job of management to work on the system, to improve it, with the help of those who work in it”.


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  1. Congratulations on your last day!!!


    April 13, 2012 at 12:46 am

  2. congratulations on your last day of work.


    April 13, 2012 at 1:16 am

  3. Well said Andy, I don’t understand why most employers don’t get this one.
    Congratulations, and how exciting to begin a new chapter in life..


    April 13, 2012 at 2:49 am

  4. More time for art! Enjoy.

    Molecules of Emotion

    April 13, 2012 at 7:33 am

  5. Thank you all for your congratulations and well wishes. Yes, it is an exciting time for me.

    Andy Parkinson

    April 13, 2012 at 10:16 am

  6. congratulations Andy!
    Now you have all that time!

    Carla Saunders

    April 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm

  7. Congratulation on your last day Andy, I hope you get more time to paint!


    April 13, 2012 at 9:01 pm

  8. Congrats Andj; let me know how you get on. Thinking of you!

    Robert Parkinson

    April 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm

  9. Congrats Andy and Dawnie hope you get to spend this special time together. Eon is going to miss a great inspirational leader and your dry sense of humour. Take care of all of you, miss you both. Perhaps its time to come down under, there are many places well worth painting and a room waiting for special guests!
    Love Jo Mark n Abi xxxx


    April 14, 2012 at 8:35 am

  10. Thank you for yet more well wishes and for the invitation Jo (did you notice I left on Friday 13th? Unlucky for them I like to say!)

    Andy Parkinson

    April 16, 2012 at 7:06 pm

  11. Hello Andy…I was away when you posted this…now you have more time (though I’ve found this to be more theoretical than actual) maybe we might actually meet up some time? Give me a call on (07808 938 349) if you fancy a chat and a coffee at the studio…Long Eaton isn’t that far away…

    David Manley

    April 27, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    • Hi David
      That would be great. It is very near and I have been wanting to come and see the studio I have heard so much about for ages now. I’ll phone you next week.

      Andy Parkinson

      April 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

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