Is Best Practice the Enemy of Innovation?

Does ‘best practice’ stifle innovation? Those of us that work for large organisations are often lumbered with having to work with whatever processes the higher ups have decided is best. I thought this article was very interesting.

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Here’s a confession. Before I go to bed I like to watch an episode of How It’s Made.

There is something very soothing about manufacturing processes. The logical sequence, efficient systems, robotic arms, complete repeatability, high levels of certainty and quality products are like a comfort blanket before I go to sleep.

Unfortunately the world I wake up to isn’t quite like this, generally it’s all a bit more confusing.

This mirrors some of the confusion around best practice and innovation. Frequently I hear; ‘organisations must be more innovative’ rapidly followed with ‘organisations must implement best practice’. But how do the two fit together, particularly if you’ve got other voices saying ‘best practice is the enemy of innovation’?

Here’s the Wikipedia definition of best practice: ‘a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used…

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The two surprising NHS surveys the government hopes you don’t see

Privatised healthcare makes it more expensive – and less effective – for everyone. The NHS is not perfect but don’t let political ideologues muck it up beyond repair

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

There has been a concerted campaign in the mainstream press over the last few years to smear the NHS.

Here’s a recent example:

Daily Telegraph uses death of baby and outright lies to smear NHS

This is all part of the government’s misinformation campaign to discredit the NHS so it can turn over as much of it as possible to private healthcare companies.

Which is why you probably won’t have seen much in the mainstream press of a recent international survey which has ranked the UK’s NHS number 1 in the world for healthcare – above countries like Sweden, Switzerland, Germany and Norway:

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But there’s another shocking recent survey you probably won’t have heard much about either.

The latest NHS staff survey shows over 70% of NHS workers think there are no longer enough staff to enable them to do their jobs properly:

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If the government has its way and keeps on…

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