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7 Tips for Beating Bureaucracy

How To Eliminate Bureaucracy In Your Organization

By: Robert Heller, the author of Roads to Success, and Essential Manager's Manual

9 Signs of a Losing Organization

Identify the Disease

Bureaucracy makes work and creates climate in which the customer comes third well after the management and the company's other employees.

How much of your energy is expended on purely internal activities? if you spend less than 20% of your energy on external customers, than bureaucracy has taken hold.

Balanced Organization: 5 Basic Elements

Inspiring Culture: 5 Elements

Employee Empowerment



Eliminate Bureaucracy

Eliminate bureaucracy as follows:

  1. Move financial reporting from monthly to quarterly.

  2. Make senior managers responsible for their own strategies.

  3. Eliminate all staff jobs unless proved to be essential.

  4. Push approval levels right down in line.

  5. Broaden and reduce the payment bands.

  6. Scrap the status symbols and "burn the bibles".

  7. identify nonsenses and eradicate them.