Monday, August 25, 2008

September 1, 2008


This is Part V in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we provide a description of Phase 3 of the "PRIDE"-Enterprise Engineering Methodology (EEM).

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If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail.

Keep the faith!

OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is...

"All companies have a culture. In order for employees to function and succeed, it is essential they understand and believe in the culture."


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Have you ever noticed how people try to make their problems yours? Let me give you an example, we have a small garbage dumpster next to our office building and other people began using it to dump their trash as soon as we got it. Of course, we then put a lock on it but this didn't seem to deter a few people who put their trash on top of the dumpster. We even had one instance where someone deposited an old sofa on the dumpster which caused me to pay the garbage man a little extra to dispose of it. In other words, people were transferring their problems to us.

There seems to be a lot of this going on, particularly among Customer Service people. A lot of the service people I talk to seem to be more interested in compounding my problems as opposed to solving them. Nobody really likes to deal with problems, but if that's what you're getting paid to do I fail to see the rationale of complicating life as opposed to simplifying it.

You see this "pass the buck" mentality just about everywhere, not just in the office but at home as well. It has become so prevalent it's like a giant merry-go-round with everybody passing their problems on to someone else. Here's an idea; why not pull the plug on the ride and have everyone address their own problems, it's what we call "responsibility," something a lot of us cannot seem to accept.

As to our dumpster problem, we picked through a couple of bags of garbage that had been dropped off on us and found the name and address of the person who dumped it. We then dutifully returned the bags of trash to their rightful owner who was unhappy to see it returned. I think we need to see more of this type of action, instead of letting the buck stop on our doorstep, how about returning it to its rightful owner?

Such is my Pet Peeve of the Week.

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Folks, a couple of years ago I started to include my "Pet Peeve of the Week" in these "Management Visions" podcasts. They have become so popular that I now syndicate them through the Internet and they are available for republication in other media. To this end, I have created a separate web page for my writings which you can find at Look for the section, "The Bryce is Right!" Hope you enjoy them.

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I received the following e-mail regarding my Pet Peeve on "Reading the Signs":

A J.G. in Pampa, Texas wrote...

"'Parking for Drive-Thru Service Only.' Wow... I don't even know what else to say to that one."

An F.D. in Edmonton, Alberta wrote...

"One thing that has always perplexed me is why they have Braille on drive-through ATM's?"

I received the following e-mails from my "Pet Peeve" entitled, "How much do we really use our head?":

An S.S. in Wisconsin wrote...

"I agree totally with the thought that people operate mostly on autopilot, and that all our advances in technology have actually made us lazy, because anymore there's some gadget to do just about everything for us. I'm no exception, but it still irritates me sometimes to even see a cashier fumble for the right change unless the register tells them what to give back. As a society we have pretty much conditioned ourselves to look to other things to tell us how to act and what to do. It's sad, really, and to be honest I kind of feel sorry for my girls' generation, which is quickly becoming one completely reliant on technology instead of self reliance and good ol' fashioned elbow grease."

Again, thanks for your comments. For these and other comments, please visit my "Bryce is Right!" web site.

Keep those cards and letters coming.

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