Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: I've been at my company nearly 10 years but it still astounds me how we have so many brilliant ideas yet hardly any get executed. The office culture doesn't foster action and I'm despairing that anything will ever change. What can I do to get things moving?

A: Office cultures may seem to have a self-determining life of their own - but, like everything else, they're the end result of a great many different decisions, instructions and precedents; or indeed their absence. Given the state of drift you describe, it would seem that not many decisions are being made, instructions given or precedents followed. Inertia breeds inertia.

It's not clear from your question exactly what position you occupy in this company but, by inference, it's not a key executive one; otherwise, surely, you'd already have done something to correct the unsatisfactory condition you describe. But even without any executive authority, it's still possible for you to effect change - as long as you do it cunningly enough.

Get together with two or three like-minded colleagues. Tell your boss that you've formed an informal group. Don't ask for their permission, just their blessing. …

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