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“It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.” – Rollo May
March the 8th I was in Madrid: a three days business trip to meet the european management team of my business unit. Around 80 people coming from at least ten different countries to do business and having fun together: to leverage the beauty of being all different.
One of the best link in my ipod touch is LeMonde.fr – Photos de la semaine: when images fit with a feeling.
I call it inspiration.
My interest in bureaucracy is for the perceived phenomenon: when we feel that processes, rules and controls inhibit our work and the accomplishment of our goals.
I am not interested in definitions and root causes: i want shortly highlight that we can handle both the perception and what is real beyond it.
[Verify]. Accordingly to my experience, in a large enterprise the main cause of bureaucracy is the lack of information. Too many times we think to deal with a process or rule, but it is no more valid. Speed of change does not help: if a guideline change every year – or even faster – it’s difficult for everybody remain updated.
[Negotiate]. Processes and rules call by definition for exceptions: what is useful in most cases, is not useful in all cases. But handling exceptions needs the proper knowledge: first point, do you know who is the owner of the rule, or whoever can help you ? In complex organizations it can be difficult to address the right persons.
[Adapt]. Many times a given rule is necessary: the best way to address it is … accept it. Rules and processes call for routines: the best case to experiment the learning curve – I can change the way I perform activities and become faster and more effective.
[Take Ownership]. People often prefer complain with bureaucracy rather than stay informed about processes and their owners or learn smarter ways to perform repetitive activities. Indeed, almost nobody try to improve processes with suggestions and new ideas – “it’s a waste of time”.
This brings to the last point: sometimes we produce bureaucracy. When we are not flexible enough, when we try to shrink from extra work and responsibilities, when we are tired or annoyed, when we refuse to change …
Ok, i think my idea is clear: bureacracy can be a state of mind, and we can do a lot by ourselves to fix it.
[The idea for this post came from an on line self study available on the intranet of the company I work for: the importance of good reading !]
If you are not yet an artist, but ‘only’ an employee, probably you are going to face big challenges to your work life balance – and not sure what about your money
My favorite GIE underlines some trends: clients now are everywhere, work flows consequently, teams and work environments become more and more flexible, open minds and continuous learning are the keys, tools and technologies are enabling these changes.
And in this environment, the expectation is that “young workers will remain loyal to an employer as long as new challenges and opportunities are coming their way”.
Challenges, flexibility and work-life balance. Again, each of us has his/her own answer.
Kevin Kelly‘s blog is a mine of interesting ideas.
One of the most recent posts (“1000 true fans“) say again something valuable about the use of the web to make money. The scope of the post is intriguing – the young artists – but the point of view is always the same: it’s all about understanding technology and change business models consequently.
I already wrote about the Nordics one year ago (March 2007): their cultural attitude towards the working life is something really valuable…
Alexander Kjerulf must be a bit crazy, but the idea of selling happiness – in the workplace ! – is worth more than a smile.
Best post in his blog ? No doubt: “How to lose your fear of being fired“ ; – )
The internet is a copy machine. So why should we pay for something which is no cost ? An illuminating post from Kevin Kelly‘s blog, enriched by plenty of comments by the readers… The power of the network.
Some days ago my team faced an issue with some incentive letters to be distributed to a number of salesmen. These letters had to be deleted from a system, and than re-issued.
Easy: at 8:00 PM I was dealing with a manager in Slovakia who was calling Madrid where someone was leading operations in India…
The world is so small.
Funny: one of the most interesting articles in these months is by David Byrne, the founder of Talking Heads (link).
Journalism in 21st century, information and technology, markets and business models. our daily life in the very next future: all of that keep me on the web – and after eight years still hold me.
Ma pensa te se doveva essere un giornalista ‘improvvisato’ – David Byrne, il fondatore dei Talking Heads – a scrivere uno degli articoli piu’ interessanti degli ultimi anni (link).
Il giornalismo nel 21° secolo, informazione e tecnologia, mercati e modelli di business, la nostra vita quotidiana prossima ventura: un condensato di tutto quello che mi tiene sul web – e dopo otto anni non mi ha ancora mollato.
L’articolo originale – sul blog dell’autore naturalmente ! – e’ in inglese, ma una bella traduzione si trova su Internazionale #730 in edicola questa settimana.
In alternativa si puo’ continuare a frequentare queste pagine ;-)
Today I was on vacation.
Just a brief visit to my colleagues: you know, these are the last days of the year…
Just in time to refine some numbers for 2008 plans (how much business we plan to generate through non conventional sales channels ?), to verify if all the actions to maximize year-end results are in place (has the customer signed the contract ? and are we ready to deliver – so to bill and get money ?), to check if the latest costs assessment for the month is ok (what about the news on variable payments ? will they hit december costs ?), to have a call with the European headquarter about our 2007 forecasts (“do you confirm your commitment ?”), to find out an unrehearsed backup for a girl out of office, to have a one to one meeting with an executive to discuss my next possible job assignment, to have another one to one meeting with another executive to discuss the career of my young top talents, and finally to talk with one top performers of mine about the status of his tasks …
Yeah, I was on vacation today.
In the first ten years of my working life I spent most of the time playing ‘staff’ roles.
It was easy. After my bachelor, companies were at my eyes network of persons, processes and information – with technology bringing all together of course.
This was more than an attitude: my studies put it in my professional DNA, but i think there was also some kind of personal predisposition… In a simpler way, I like seeing how things fit together.
Yes, when I was a child I loved Lego’s toys.
More about work-life balance (see for example March, 2007).
The Corriere della Sera yesterday in the newsstands showed some interesting data – source Osce: the average of worked hours per year in each country of the organization.
Sud Korea 2357 Czech republic 1997 Hungary 1989 Poland 1985 Turkey 1918 Mexico 1883 Italy 1800 Iceland 1794 New Zeland 1787 Japan 1784 Portugal 1758 Osce average 1750 Slovakia 1749 Canada 1736 Australia 1728 Finland 1716 United States 1715 G7 average 1688 Great Britain 1669 Austria 1659 Spain 1656 Swizerland 1651 Ireland 1640 Luxemburg 1604 Euro average 1601 Denmark 1584 Sweden 1583 Belgium 1571 France 1555 Germany 1433 Norway 1407 Netherlands 1391
Sure, these are only averages, include both public and private sector, and it’s clear that can count only reported hours …
I think I work 2050 – 2100 hours per year. And you ?