Business writing, mine included, is usually a new slant on a common theme. It’s so cool to find content that is both logical and innovative, and think, dang it – I wish I’d thought of that. The current issue of Harvard Business Review is packed with good stuff but one stands out. The topic, “Your Scarcest Resource,” sounded a little ho-hum compared to “Blue Ocean Leadership,” but I started reading and was hooked.
What a simple premise – we are running out of time in any given work day to do the work we need to do. Something has to give. The authors have a suggestion….treat “time” as a resource of your organization.
Earlier this week, I asked an audience of HR practitioners how many of their organizations were drowning in work initiatives and got a bunch of vigorous head nods. I’ve been there, and what is always interesting to me is that executive leadership expects me to pull the plug on “non-value-added work” generally as a cost cutting exercise. The organization is struggling, and the mandate comes down from on high…Cut Expenses. (more…)