Ways To Break Down Bureaucracies
1. Rotate managers between line and staff positions.
2. Require executives to work in jobs at the bottom of the organization for at least a couple of days a month.
3. Require executives to hold private meetings with employees from all levels of the company.
4. Replace traditional performance appraisal programs with systems that give managers feedback not only from above, but also from peers, subordinates and internal customers. (Feedback should
include reviews of performance in the areas of teamwork, leadership, ethics, participation, and commitment to quality.)
5. Establish systems whereby line operations have authority to negotiate budgets for their own departments.
6. Assign accountability for regulatory compliance to operations instead of headquarters staff.
7. Outsource staff advisory functions. Specify expenditures and establish clear performance standards.
8. Assign certain audit and control functions to line managers on a rotating basis.
9. Have a team of line managers review the necessity of all existing policies and controls.
10. Redesign offices for easy face-to-face communication.
Excerpted from "Corporate Dandelions."