How About Doing BETTER with Less?
Most of you know that I am a recovering government manager.
One of the phrases that drove me batty in the government was
the never-ending urge for everyone to “do more, with less.”
Now, I’m all for being efficient, especially where my tax
dollars are concerned (the tax structure seems to change every time I e-file,
but I digress.) So how about we spend more time thinking about how we
could all do BETTER by doing less?
When infamous Chef Gordon Ramsey takes over a restaurant, the
first thing he typically does is pare the menus down from
an average of 35 items to about 10. Ten dishes that they can
concentrate on doing spectacularly well.
So why not listen to Ramsey (before he yells at us),and think
about how we could all stop doing some things altogether, and
focus on doing the fewer things that we are really good at
doing, and then do them in a ridiculously awesome, out-wowing,
insanely excellent way!(Rather than trying to do 35 things
in a hit n’ miss often mediocre way?)Seems to me that doing
less BETTER is a great recipe for success, and a great way
for people to enjoy their jobs more and have more fun at work!
Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
When Steve Jobs returned to Apple, one of the many things he
did was to remove all the awards and accolades about past
achievements from the walls, because he wanted to be focused
on the future. Now I do think it’s critical to celebrate
our history and past successes, but I do love this idea:
Instead of just having an historic “wall of fame”, create a
“future success” space dedicated to photos and press clippings
and whatever highlighting works in progress and major goals
you are working towards.
Quote of the Week
“You can’t be a serious innovator unless you are ready, willing
and able to seriously play. ‘Serious play’ is not an oxymoron;
it is the essence of innovation.” Michael Schrage
It’s a Wacky World
Great news to report on the robot/romance front! Smithsonian
Magazine has reported that around the year 2050, the state of
Massachusetts will be the first jurisdiction to legalize marriage
between humans and robots! (My head is about to explode due to
the overwhelming number of jokes that one could mine from this,
so I better just leave it alone.)
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2010 www.humoratwork.com
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