How many times have you heard, or said, “why don’t they…….”
In the office it seems that everyone not directly involved with the decision making has the answers.
How many times have you heard:
- Why don’t they just change or modify the process.
- Why don’t they just lower the price.
- Why don’t they give the supplier an ultimatum or find new suppliers.
- Why don’t they give us the power to make decisions.
- Why don’t they simplify the procedure.
- Why don’t they hire an expert.
- Why don’t they fire them.
- Why don’t they do the right thing.
- Why don’t they listen to us.
The next time you start with “why don’t they” stop and do the following.
- Ask yourself what can YOU do to implement or bring your solution to the attention of the decision-makers.
- Do you really understand the problem, it’s causes, consequence and secondary effects?
- Do you have enough information to make an informed decision?
- Have you mapped out the chronological actions (and costs) required to implement the solution?
- What are the risks involved? There are risks associated with failure and with success, how can the organization prepare for those changes?
- Have you told, written or explained your solution to the decision-makers?
- Take action and do something about it.
An organization is strongest when everyone participates, and not necessarily when everyone participates in a linear and orderly manner. Your idea may have been missed in the analysis.
Good ideas and possible solutions are welcome (or should be welcome) at all times.
If your comments, solutions and ideas are limited to informal gripe sessions around the water cooler, it’s time to start writing them down and pushing them forward.
Stop waiting for someone else to do it, step up and let your voice be heard.