Saturday, May 10, 2008

How do you deal with high-maintenance people?

Dear Readers ....... I'm sure we are all constantly faced with this situation in mind .......... "Just How Do We Deal With High Maintenance People ??? .......
Read more comments extracted from Hoover's Business Insight Zone here ......

Brett: High maintenance employees can sure suck the fun out a job.
Me: What do you do (or try to do) to get them to lower their level of maintenance?
Brett: Good question, since that’s my job.

So now I turn it over to you, dear readers: share your wisdom on dealing with high-maintenance people (including yourself, if you’re brave enough to admit that it applies) in the comments. Feel free to share horror stories!

Friday, May 9, 2008

How do you Deal with The High-maintenance Processes in Your Organization?

Is this a picture of the Department of Widgets and Doodads in your organization?

The picture actually displays an homage to the great cartoonist Rube Goldberg, pictured here with a couple of young volunteers while giving a talk in front of the drawing board.
Goldberg’s famous namesake drawings were hiliarious because the contraptions in them were elaborate and impractical beyond all reason. But I talk to plenty of people whose daily frustrations make them feel like their organizations are built along the same lines. (You can see more of Goldberg’s famous contraption drawings at the official Rube Goldberg site.)
The other day I polled the crowd about what to do with high-maintenance people, so now let’s broaden the focus:

How do you deal with the high-maintenance processes in your organization?
(Contraption photo by freshwater2006; Goldberg photo courtesy of Alan Light.)
That's a good question to ponder dear readers ...... just how do you deal with High Maintenance Processes in your organization ???