Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Corporate Reform 101

My recommendations for increasing productivity and output quality in the public and private sector:

1. Fewer meetings

2. More time spent doing actual substantive work

3. More time spent discussing and debating one-on-one with workmates, people in other parts of the organization, external clients, and people in the same or related fields.

4. More time (at least 10 percent) spent reading, understanding, critiquing, and learning from your team mates' work.

5. NEVER skipping scheduled exercise or other enjoyable, sanity-enhancing activities for routine or internal meetings.

6. Fewer meetings

7. Fewer meetings.

8. Fewer meetings.

In about five years, some Chicago business theorist will discover these simple rules and publicise them in a mega-selling book, which will be acclaimed throughout the developed world.

1 comment:

Susan said...

I couldn't agree with you more Simon. I recently heard of an organisation (nameless, but I can disclose that it is within a university) with a small staff of under 20 people and not all of them full time. This organisation has no fewer than eighteen - yes, eighteen, staff committees and all staff are required to be on at least 3 or 4 of them! Unbelieveable. One can only come to the conclusion that there can't be all that much actual substantive work to do!