!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> Streamline Training & Documentation: Ram Charan on Combating Bureaucracy

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Ram Charan on Combating Bureaucracy

In a nutshell Ram Charan, a respected strategy consultant, recommends five things to do to get around bureaucratic barriers in your organization:
  • To identify roadblocks, ask, "What do we need to do to allow us to move faster?"

  • [my personal favorite] Streamline — keep management layers to five or fewer.

  • Identify indecisive managers, and work with them to try to fix the problem. If they cannot move faster, let them go.

  • Make sure everyone has ready access to information they need for their decision-making, as opposed to letting managers get away with hoarding information.

  • Celebrate, reward monetarily, and promote people in your organization who get around bureaucratic barriers and achieve results expeditiously.
Charan has been urging these ideas at least since he published Execution in 2002.


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