A Finance Manager, Ops Manager, Human Resource Manager and a group of Employees walk into a bar. They all fight over whose round it is. End of joke!

The Finance Manager had noticed that the Ops Manager and HR Manager always ask for more money than they need. They also noticed that every year they spend all of the money they asked for whether they needed to or not. And those Employees seem to be the biggest cost (opportunity) of all.  “If only those people would change their behaviour, stop working in silos and be more accountable”.

The Ops Manager had noticed that the Finance Manager and HR Manager want to put controls in place for everyone to keep everything stable. They also noticed that changing the amount or placement of people is their colleagues favoured way to try and improve ‘performance’. And as for trying to predict how much time and money is required – we better ask for more than we need and build in some extra for safety, especially the labour component. “If only those people would change their behaviour, stop trying to control what is uncontrollable and focus on collaboration instead of causing conflict”.

The Employee’s had noticed that the Ops Managers always wanted improvements relating to time and money but it usually came at their cost. They started to spend more work time with their Union trying to get a fair share of the money. “If only the Managers would change and realise the contribution Employees could make to improving ”.

The HR Manager had noticed that the Ops Manager and the Finance Manager want to have people ‘on the tools’ all the time. They also noticed that despite the Manager’s desire for continuous improvement there was little time and money spent on the growth of the people doing the work. To make matter worse, every time the Ops Managers would put pressure on improving things the Employee’s and their Union would resist. “If only everyone would stop fighting with each other over time and money”.

If only those people would change!


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