Some Great Questions for (and from) Managers

Jeffrey Phillips writes about change in his Thinking Faster Blog and suggests a great question we all should be asking ourselves:

What would happen if in your yearly or quarterly review the “boss” asked you the following question – “What changes have you made to the way you work, and the way the organization works, to make it and you more productive?”  If change is no longer thrust upon the individual but becomes an expected action and is compensated appropriately, the pace of change will increase dramatically. 

Each of us needs to identify the areas of our work life where real change is possible and begin working everyday to make the incremental improvements which will help ourselves – and our companies – become more productive.  If you manage people, be sure to ask them – what are you doing differently today to become more productive?  If you work with business partners or vendors, ask them – what can you do to help us become more efficient and productive. 

2 Responses to Some Great Questions for (and from) Managers
  1. life (over IP)
    May 31, 2005 | 10:17 pm

    Row harder, galley slaves?

    Jeffrey Phillips writes on Thinking Faster about keeping your eye on continuous change (via the [non]billable hour): It seems to me that change should start with each person in their existing roles. What would happen if in your yearly…

  2. Small Business Strategy
    June 3, 2005 | 6:48 pm

    Some people (me) are constantly automating the things they do all the time.
    The company I work for buys other companies, then it crushes them and changes a workforce of 200 into a workforce of 5 – or 2.
    When that happens, you can’t afford not to automate everything. (and work a lot more than 40 hours a week )
    I’ve never been asked that question. Its just obvious that’s what needs to be done.


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