It is not unusal for me to see different things being spoken in different parts of the organization….but make no mistake, using the same words. But in these difficult times, especially when an organization is featured as a benchmark for management best practices, it is a diffcult pill to swallow. The most abused terms in management are Innovation, Transformation and Evolution. I wish there were some kind of penalties for using them in appropriately or in an abusive manner. For these are Public Limited companies, using the valuable funds invested by the common folk who trust the management to deliver with diligence on the promise of the enterprise. I had a similar experience when I was sitting in a stuffy conference room of one of the major Consumer Product Goods (CPG) companies about nearly 8 years ago. But I was pleasantly surprised to read in the Financial Times recently of the Transformation that took place in that company led by a no-nonsense CEO whose work ethic was to get it done! And she achieved the transformation by first firing 80% of the leadership in the company. I empathize with it, even as I sat in front of the management of this organization that was describing to me how they would like their organizational systems without any reference to architecture, uniformity, process and or methodology. They said they had it all fiugured out and they just wanted it executed. It was very clear they were not speaking; that was their conditioning. So why blame them?