Books & Audio
- NO YELLING: The 9 Secrets of Marine Corps Leadership You Must Know to Win in Business By Wally Adamchik
- Conversations On Success, Vol. 2 By Les Brown, Nido Qubein, Jim Kouzes
- Audio CD of World of Concrete 2007 No Yelling presentation By Wally Adamchik
- The Real Capital Currency
- And Now For Something Completely Different…
- Top 13 Things to Look For in Your New Online Training Platform
- Supervision Required
- Are you going nowhere fast? Time to get out of the rut (and into the ocean!)
- Are You a Righty or a Lefty?
- No Slugs Allowed
- These Guys Are Good
- Leading the minority majority
- The Workaround
- Be Offensive
- Show ‘Em You’ve Got the Right Stuff
- The Recession in Your Head
- Fabricating a Career
- Bowl-Eligible: A New Level of Mediocrity
- What If? Three Questions You Must Answer Today to Protect Your Company in the Economy Tomorrow
- Manage Them Out the Door
- Operations Support Staff
- The Rumor Mill Can Grind You Up
- The Easier Buttons
- The best place to find new employees
- Mentors and Mentees
- Nutrition and Decision Making
- Adamchik's Laws of Leadership
- Talking Points For Leaders
- Full Contact Leadership
- The Road Signs of Leadership
- 24/7 Customer Centric
- Get Bad At What You Do!
- The Heroic Last Stand (or not)
- There are NO leadership secrets
- Do Values have value?
- Rules of Engagement; Do your gears mesh?
- Linear vs Non-linear
- ROL - Return on Leadership
- Shamu and You
- Are you making or missing your blocks?
- What Happens In Vegas...
- The Real Truth About ROI
- A Night at Your Office
- Read this if you have children
- Do They Think We Are Stupid?
- The Policy Made Me Do It
Learning Resources: Free Articles
A while back I noticed some standing water in the cabinet under my kitchen sink. I first thought the kids might have gotten carried away, doing something with water, so I dried it up and moved on. A few days later, the cabinet was wet again. Time to troubleshoot. I ran the faucet and discovered a leak coming from the disposal. I put a plastic container beneath the leak and moved on. I simply didn’t have time to deal with it. I wasn’t sure if I needed to call a plumber or an electrician or both to replace it. Whatever the real fix, it was going to take time and effort. I then emptied the container every weekend when I was home. This went on for several months. It was a classic workaround. We do it with people, too. I can’t tell you how many times I have had the following conversation:
Wally: So, what you’re telling me is that this guy isn’t getting the job done?
Client: Exactly. I have talked to him about it but he just doesn’t seem to get it.
Wally: Okay, and you’ve tried various solutions to help get this guy on track and none of them worked?
Wally: Then, why does he still work here?
Client: Good question.
Good question? The answers to this question are many. But upon further review, I find that they really aren’t answers; they are excuses. I fully understand the need to make certain compromises in business in order to accomplish the greater good. However, I don’t understand the creation of a work-around that ultimately hurts the business, stifles growth, and damages your credibility.
It might look like this: Several experienced project managers are responsible for ordering materials for a job. However, one of them is weak, so you remove from him the task and assign it to someone else. While this workaround may get you through the moment, it doesn’t help in the long run because that PM is not doing the job he is supposed to be doing.
He’s not pulling his weight, but is getting paid the same as other ones--who, by the way, see what’s going on and are getting ticked off about it. Now, you have a morale issue. Furthermore, the ordering of materials has become an additional task for another PM who wasn’t supposed to have to do it in the first place. So this might distract them from their primary duty--or it may simply tick them off, too.
I have witnessed the workaround at all levels of an organization. I’ve seen the owner of a firm put up with a weak president who was really more of a caretaker. I have seen an estimate-review process put in place for a weak estimator. I have seen dysfunction replace common sense all too often in the name of the workaround.
Back to my disposal. Late last year we bought a new washer and dryer, which required installation. We also got cable tv (yeah, it took me a while), and that required installation. I was on a roll. So, I bought a new disposal and arranged to have it installed, too. This new one is bigger and stronger than the old one. Oh yeah--and it doesn’t leak. It was not an inconvenience to solve the problem. In fact, it was an easy fix--once I committed to doing it.
Generally, if you have a workaround going on in your organization, you are fully aware of it. You may have forgotten about it, but more than likely, you have simply grown used to it. The workaround will enable you to avoid direct confrontation, and it may be convenient for awhile. But it is not a good business practice. My question is this: You have tried everything you know of to get this person to come around, but they haven’t. You know the right thing to for the rest of your employees, your business, and your reputation. What are you waiting for?
I fully understand the need to make certain compromises in business in order to accomplish the greater good. However, I don’t understand the creation of a work-around that ultimately hurts the business, stifles growth, and damages your credibility.
Wally Adamchik is the President of FireStarter Speaking and Consulting, a national leadership consulting firm based in Raleigh, NC. You can visit the website at http://www.FireStarterSpeaking.com or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. His book No Yelling (http://www.noyelling.net) was selected by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the best business books of Summer 2007.
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