Management Tip of the Day: Reduce organizational clutter

Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:07am EST
 
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"There's nothing like moving offices to force you to de-clutter; it gives you the impetus to throw out the manual to your first PDA and the conference materials you've be holding on to for five years 'in case you need them.'

Organizations acquire equally useless clutter, most often in the form of intangible things such as processes that have outlived their usefulness.

You don't need to relocate your whole company to uncover the drive to de-clutter. Instead, think about where you want to go next and whether you can get there with the clutter you've accumulated.

Frame a challenging goal -- such as increasing customer face time by 10 percent or doubling revenue. Then ask yourself, What can we stop doing and how should we streamline our processes to get there?"

- Today's management tip was adapted from "De-Cluttering Your Organization" by Ron Ashkenas.

 
<p>A worker sorts packages at the Amazon warehouse in Leipzig, December 3, 2008. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch</p>