Friday, January 11, 2008
That stands for What Would Frederick Winslow Taylor do?
For those of you who don't know him, Taylor has done more to change the Advertising industry than Bill Bernbach, David Ogilvy, Jay Chiat and the ever-so-dreamy Alex Bogusky.
Taylor was a proponent of the management system that dominates agency life today. Oh! You think I'm kidding, don't you? But because agencies adhere to his dicta, everything sucks.
What Taylor did was take a mechanical operation and break it down into piece parts. Then he alloted each piece part a duration. So, for instance, digging a hole is made up of 100 shovel-fulls--each action can be broken down thusly:
Insert shovel in dirt, 1 second.
Fill shovel blade with dirt, 2 seconds.
Lift shovel to waist height, 2 seconds.
Rotate at hips, 1 second.
Empty dirt into wheelbarrow, 2 seconds.
So the total digging action takes 8 seconds.
100 shovel-fulls create a hole.
A hole takes 800 seconds.
If you are faster than 800 seconds you are a good worker.
If you are slower you get fired and then get rickets and die malnourished.
This is how advertising works today.
This long to write a brief.
This long to come up with concepts.
And so it goes.
The deconstruction of inspiration into component parts.
I gotta go.
I have an ad to write.
Posted by George Tannenbaum at 4:55 PM