By Laura Lee Rose, author of TimePeace: Making peace with time
This is Laura Lee Rose, a business and life coach that specializes in professional development, time management, project management and work-life balance strategies. In my GoTo Academy: Soft Skill Tools for the GoTo Professional continuous online coaching series, I go into office etiquette on various real-world IT topics in detail.
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As a Business Process Consultant and Efficiency Coach, I am a subject matter expert in the field of Process Improvement. I work closely with the client to analyze both operational processes and financial metrics to assess project opportunities that positively impact the financial performance of the client business. In that role, I see a few misconceptions in how to make office changes (or any change for that matter). The most prevalent false premise is to “start where you are and take small steps”. That may be the resulting action – but I don’t recommend we start there.
3 Top Office Changers are:
1) Clearly articulate where you want to be, do and have.
2) Educate or review the explicit and specific foundation pieces required to get there (i.e., business plan, resources, staff, funds,etc)
3) Evaluate where you currently are against those specific foundation pieces.
My recommendation is to practice forgetting how you got where you are today. Many of those processes and procedures definitely assisted you to this point. But now you are going to a different place. Therefore, you need a different map. You may find that many of your current procedures are still valid. But that is not the goal. So, forget those old procedures for the time being. Focus on putting in place the ‘right procedures’ for your new goals and destination.
Conclusion: Consider your GPS. When you have a new destination or goal, your GPS doesn’t try to force you to travel the same path as you did last week or last month. Your past paths have no relevancy to your current GPS navigations. Your GPS starts from scratch every time. Depending upon the gap between where you currently are and your new destination, there may be some roads and routes in common. But that’s not the GPS’s focus. It’s just a consequence of time and space – not the goal. Your Business Practices should be treated like that.
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