Thursday, February 2, 2012

Increasing organisation productivity.

Been on HBR, May 2011 issue about increasing organisation productivity.  While I won't reiterate what I read into this post (you heard of #SOPA? :Pp Sorry, I'm still sore), I just want to highlight some key words that really popped in front of me.  And these keywords put everything into perspective.
  • We're not computers.  We're organisms designed to be rhythmic - hence the ups and downs - and an effective manager is then like an orchestral conductor - conducting different instruments and rhythms into one perfect composition.  (Check the link and lemme know if they don't sound like a CEO?)
  • This is the insight of athletes - we need to manage our work-rest ratio.  90% work versus 10% rest will melt even super computers down.  Ideal balance is 50-50 but seriously, who can be that disciplined to maintain that sort of perfect equilibrium?  I would reckon, our work-rest ratio will always need to change in order to optimize for the required situation but we need to be 'aware' of our condition in order to maintain productivity.  Managers too need to recognise that because from experience, a lot of people wouldn't realize they are burning out until they are burnt out.  Managers can usually see a broader view by virtue of being an outsider to subsequently provide necessary advice or even rest.
  • A leader needs to be the 'Chief-Energy-Officer' (another perspective of CEOs which I seriously feel that this isn't a default trait) - to mobilize, focus, direct, inspire and recharge those they lead.  Interesting thought... But who's gonna mobilize, focus, direct, inspire and recharge him/her?  Hmm.  No wonder they say it's lonely at the top.
  • IF the organisation is filled with organisms and organisms are matter of energy.  Energy is never constant and always transforming - over time, they are either renewed or dissipated.  Extremely interesting outlook.  Managers must recognise the origin of this energy and its course of direction, to learn how to effectively transfer it within the organisation and minimize the loss.  Very very interesting.
Seriously, this gave me an entirely different perspective of an organisation.  And I think I now understand better what must be done.  

This issue must be sent from above.  Good luck to you ;)

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