Processes can overtake the ability to make decisions because they’re unnecessarily complex. The truth is that the complexity of a work routine is not necessarily directly proportional to its actual value.
More often than not, simpler is better — but to achieve simplicity requires vigilance from leaders. It means determining the fastest way of getting the work done. Starting with the simplest possible approach first can often get a team from point A to point B faster. This is in contrast with starting with the most comprehensive approach. Complicated does not always — or even often — equal worthy.
Hack No. 4: Limit time
Give a time limit of 24 hours to create a first draft or prototype.
Hack No. 5: Reverse-mentoring hour
Assign senior executives to junior employees for one hour, and have the junior employee show them what can be done to simplify work.
Hack No. 6: Meme city
Turn employees into culture creators. Give an award to the top three “simplify work” memes.
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Eliminate unnecessary tasks
Too often, the value of work is measured by the output generated rather than the actual outcome. Focusing on output is really only a way to make people look busy, and busy doesn’t necessarily mean productive. What really matters, of course, is the end result.
To make an organization more agile, shift the focus to what the business outcome actually is, rather than how the task to achieve it is performed.
Hack No. 7: “Red light, green light"
Like the kids’ traffic cop game, discuss as a team: “What should we red light (stop), green light (start) and yellow light (continue)?”
Hack No. 8: Eliminate ideas without a sponsor
Test commitment from business leaders with their commitment to fund your initiative with real money. If it’s not there, stop working on it immediately.
Hack No. 9: Hold a weekly “break the rules” meeting
Here, the team can scratch policies, cancel old procedures, empower people, provide budget for new ideas, and so on. The idea is to halt toxic cultural behaviors, such as negativity and cynicism.
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How to begin? Adapt existing principles and values to inspire faster, more confident decision making.
For each of these three behaviors, leaders can deploy a number of culture hacks. “It takes a deliberate process to insert culture change into employees’ daily life,” says Mesaglio.