Saturday, May 27, 2006

The Observer is Part of the System

The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle is states that the more precisely you want to ascertain the position, the more the momentum is uncertain.

The reason for this is because the observer is affects the what is being observed. To ascertain the position of an electron more precisely, more gamma-ray energy is used. However, the more energy is used, the more it affects the momentum of the electron.

The observer also affects what is being observed, it is also part of a larger system.

This principle also is found in psychology. When psychologists tried an experiment of lighting on productivity, it wasn't the amount of light that affected their productivity, rather the changing light intensity alerted the workers that they were being observed and hence increased productivity whether it was brighter or darker. Psychologists try as much as possible to remove possible observer effects.

The thing about this principle is that the way management or leaders want to affect their followers. Management looks at workers as "them" or as numbers but that are separate from themselves. If we want to change others, we cannot help but change ourselves. It isn't just your actions that affect the system, it is you yourself.

If you want to encourage greater ethics, effectiveness or efficiency, you yourself must allow yourself to be affected by your calls of higher standards, that is because you, yourself are part of the system. If you refuse to change, your followers themselves will not change.

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