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Eggs, rabbits and thinking

Whether or not you celebrate Easter, it gives another opportunity – during what is for most of us, a hectic schedule – to slow down for a bit and take some time out to think.  It’s only thinking that allows us to see the trends emerging, notice patterns and formulate ideas.  It’s only thinking that allows us to work out how to properly implement those ideas, see problems clearly and develop proper solutions.  Of course much of this thinking is also effective when done with others – more so if you are more inclined to be an extrovert.  But for everyone, and introverts in particular, a chance to think quietly is precious and productive.

So this Easter, allow yourself some time to just think. If the Easter bunny visits you – enjoy!  And if you celebrate Easter, may it be a spiritually reflective and ultimately joyful time.

Jenni specializes in strategic thinking for better decisions and business success.  She offers a free report about how to be a strategic thinker, and other resources, at www.strategies-direct.com

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Do You Have Silo Management?

The area I live in is close to drought conditions in places, and the local Council has instigated a series of water restrictions over the past couple of months.  We are now at ‘Level 3’,  meaning no sprinkler use for homeowners and regular calls to minize water use.  However it appears that some divisions of the Council haven’t heard about the water problem!  They are giving quite different messages to the public.  Oh dear, silo management rearing it’s ugly head, methinks!

Two weeks ago, we had a pipe burst in our front yard and water began bubbling up and running down to the road.  The Council responded quickly to investigate – unfortunately it was on our property so we had to sort it out – which we promptly did.  However the Council employee was amazed that we were running in and out turning our water supply on and off, so as to conserve water.  “Just leave it on,” he said.  So what about the water restrictions, I wondered?

Worse, an extended family member living in the same area also had a pipe burst in their front yard, this week,  (I’m wondering about the quality of these pipes!) and the Council have advised them it will be 10 days until they can investigate.  10 days of water continually running down to the road!  How many litres will that be in 10 days time?  And what about these water restrictions?  My family members are now sceptical about the need to conserve water – and I expect other homeowners in their street are too.  And they will tell their workmates, friends and family, who will tell theirs and so on.  Pretty soon a whole bunch of people are less bothered about conserving water use.

The thing is, that if your organization has a key issue or strategy and needs to bring stakeholders on board for that, everyone in the organization must be speaking and acting in alignment with it.  It doesn’t matter whether they work in the team or division that is responsible for that issue or strategy, everyone in the organization is responsible for implementation.  Now if it turns out that the team that check burst pipes are shortstaffed then you get more resources for them.  In fact, you do what it takes to prevent water wastage. If water conservation is really a key issue.  If it isn’t, then stop promoting it as one.

Silo management, where managers are only responsible for their team or division, and not for organization wide goals and initiatives, almost always defeats the implementation of strategy.  Do you have silo management?  If so, some work needs to be instigated to change reward systems so that managers are responsible for organizational goals as much as for their own area’s goals – and the understand clearly when and how organizational issues override divisional ones.

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