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Here's an amazing no-risk roadmap that's the solution to lead you to a healthier work environment
From: Ken Johnston
Here's the roadmap you're searching for that will lead your organization away from the crushing, demoralizing and innovation-sapping torments of too much bureaucracy.
Bureaucracy is an organization's worst enemy, but it can be overcome! Bureaucracy's inefficiency can be reduced.
Your customers will like you better; the book teaches a customer focus.
Employees will be more productive, when you free them from the "red tape."
Fewer people can get more work done when they're free of the constraints of bureaucracy.
Employees at all levels will grasp the roadmap, because it's presented simply, easily, and breezily.
Closet Bureaucrats will have to change their ways, when all the employees know the steps and tactics that increase the nasty effects of bureaucracy.
Unite your employees; get everyone on the same team. Management, staff, line, and field will join to fight the hated effects of bureaucracy. Finally, something everyone can agree on!
Make organization change easier, by following the clear, simple, steps in the roadmap to reduced bureaucracy.
Get information flowing again. Help top management break free of the insulation.
Take the following test to see if your organization can benefit from Busting Bureaucracy.
Does each department seem to have its own agenda? Do some departments seem to put their agenda ahead of the overall organizational mission?
Are managers more driven to protect their unit, their people, and their budget, than they are to achieve the overall mission?
Is there obvious political infighting? Does it ever get in the way of departments working together smoothly?
Can ideas be killed because they come from the "wrong" person? Are some ideas supported just because they came from the "right" person?
Is overall productivity ever damaged by inter-unit rivalries?
Do people in some departments spend so much energy protecting their turf that they don't accomplish the work they are responsible for doing?
Does the work environment include large amounts of unhealthy stress?
Is there a tendency for the organization to grow top-heavy, as the operating units are too lean?
Are promotions ever made on the basis of politics rather than actual achievements on the job?
Are top executives so "protected" by their subordinates that they risk being dangerously insulated from what's happening on the "front lines" or in "the field?"
Is information hoarded or kept secret and used as the basis of power?
Is data used selectively, or distorted to make performance look better than it really is?
Are internal communications ever distorted to reflect what the organization wants to be, rather than what it really is? Are internal communications ever ignored or ridiculed by lower level employees?
Are mistakes, blunders, and failures ever denied, covered up, or ignored?
Does it ever happen that mistakes, blunders, or failures are blamed on others, or outsiders, or external factors like "the economy?"
Are decisions made by larger and larger groups, so no one can be held accountable?
Are decisions ever made based on the perceived desires of superiors, rather than concern for mission achievement?
Do policies, practices, and procedures tend to grow endlessly? Are employees required to follow them more and more rigidly?
Are senior managers ever so insulated from the realities of the front line that they may use out-of-date experiences in making decisions?
Are quantitative measurements favored over qualitative measurements? Does this ever drive people to 'make the numbers' without enough concern for product or service quality and customer satisfaction?
Are employees and customers ever treated more like numbers than people? Do personal and human needs ever seem to be discounted or ignored?
Who do you think the customers, employees and managers blame for all of these symptoms?
They blame top management, don't they?
That's entirely wrong. Top management is just as frustrated with all that garbage as you are. If it were their fault, how could I write down all of these symptoms on just one page of the book, Busting Bureaucracy? It's not them, it's the fault of the bureaucratic organizing model, and that can be changed!
Nobody at your place talks openly about these symptoms, do they? No, they don't. It would seem too much like an attack on the organization or top management, and that's not only dangerous, but it's wrong. They do, however, gripe about these symptoms privately, don't they?
It makes me so mad I want to spit! Everybody knows this stuff is there, and nobody is talking about it. If you don't talk about it, how can you fix it? And, it can be fixed! You don't have to keep putting up with all that stuff.
That's where this book comes in. It is designed to get dialogues started. Its goal is get people to understand you're all living with bureaucratic garbage that can be cleaned up.
If you have 8 or more of these symptoms, you need to dpwnload this book, and pass it around. Or, better yet, make 10 copies and get people talking about it.
Get some copies for senior management. Pass them around. As senior management understands that this stuff isn't their fault yet they're getting blamed for it they'll give somebody the ball and say, "Fix it!" Maybe that will be you. Or, maybe if you give it to your boss, it'll be your boss.
This book is designed to get buy-in from everybody, and it also is a wonderful guide on what you can do to change things. Your customers, your employees, and your managers will all be happier, if you get rid of that stuff.
The reason that senior management doesn't fix this stuff is they've lived with it for so long they don't know that things can be different. This book shows the way. Solutions come in three different sizes, so you can pick the one that fits your organization best.
How can you pick the right solution
A clear list of things that managers do that creates these symptoms of excessive bureaucracy in your organization
Your supervisors, managers, and executives will know exactly what they're doing that makes the bureaucracy worse. And more importantly they'll learn what they can do to cut down on the bureaucracy. When they learn what they may have been doing that makes bureaucracy worse and realize that others know it they'll stop doing those things that make corporate life miserable for everyone.
A step-by-step plan for how to reduce bureaucracy
When you enlist a unit, a department, a division, or the entire organization in the job of getting rid of bureaucracy, you unleash the innovation potential of your employees
Examples of bureaucracy gone wild
Concepts are made memorable by stories of bureaucracy gone wild. These real life stories teach lasting lessons. Click here for an example: "The Copier Story."
Concrete plans that show how to reduce or eliminate bureaucracy
No vague generalizations ... step-by-step suggestions for reducing or eliminating red tape.
Information for employees, managers, and executives
Written in a breezy, casual style so every employee can learn.
Straight talk from the trenches
Stories from the trenches will resonate with employees at any level.
Message to union employees from a third party
Bracing, straight talk to union members about the damages that labor/management conflict brings to customer satisfaction and product quality.
The book makes it clear that the fault lies with the organizational form, not the top executives.
Employees will stop blaming top management for all the red tape. Subtle changes in the organizational form can pay huge dividends in de-bureaucratizing.
The book makes it clear that top management is victimized by bureaucracy as well as the employees.
Employees at every level will be eager to join in the effort to stamp out bureaucracy.
Let me explain.
This book is written for employees at every level. Because of that you can get any unit, department, division, or enterprise to work together to reduce or eliminate the damage that bureaucracy and red tape does to customer satisfaction or product quality.
De-bureaucratization takes a team effort. This book is designed to build the team.
Organizational concepts are made easy to understand. The least experienced of your employees, managers or executives will understand step by step what is being done and why it is vital.
Do you wonder how you get whole teams on board when you want to improve customer satisfaction or product quality? Give them a common enemy that they all hate and will fight: Bureaucracy!
Your employees, managers, and executives don't leap out of bed driven by demands for more profits, or market share. They will leap out of bed more eagerly when you unite them in a common effort to stamp out the hated effects of red tape and bureaucracy.
1: Any effort to de-bureaucratize, whether it be a unit, department, division, or an entire company must have a roadmap accessible to everyone involved.
2: You can't leave de-bureaucratization up to consultants. You have to get involved, and get others involved. It has to be a team effort. The people who are going to live it, have to build it.
3: If you are going to reduce bureaucracy, you'll need lots of buy-in from a lot of people. Make sure you use a book or plan that helps build that buy-in.
If you didn't have this book available, you'd have to pay a consultant to create your plan and guide you step by step through it. This book makes it possible to save tens of thousands of dollars that consultants would cost. And, you wouldn't have nearly the buy-in this book will produce.
To your success,
Kenneth B. Johnston, Author
P.S. The book was out of print before 2001. The original publisher was acquired by another publisher and that publisher was acquired, etc. In spite of selling many thousands of copies and being translated into four languages, it was in danger of disappearing. There are only a thousand or so remaining from the first edition, so act quickly before it becomes available only as an e-book or soft cover.
P.P.S. The book was brought back by popular demand. The book affected so many companies in such a powerful way that it was not allowed to die. Join with those fortunate organizations that are less bureaucratic today because of this book.
P.P.P.P.S. If you're still not convinced, select any of the excerpts of the book listed below and read them.
P.P.P.P.P.S. As of March 31, 2007 I am offering the full and condensed versions of the book, at no charge.
Excerpts: What is Bureaucracy? | The Bureaucratic Organization | Breaucratic Management and Leadership | About Max Weber | Examples of Bureaucracy | Effects of Bureaucracy | Reducing or Banishing Bureaucracy | Alternatives to Bureaucracy | Other Negative By-products of Bureaucracy | Reduce or Eliminate the Negative Effects of Bureaucracy | Benefits of Bureaucracy