Sometimes it’s difficult to read through lots of text when you’re tired so I have summarised below, in easy to read and digest form, my top killer business tactics from the last two posts and added a few more as your free bonus!!
- Train up your staff in new ways of working and then do it the way you’ve always done it
- Involve your staff in decision-making processes, canvas their opinions on ways to improve what you’re doing, and then ignore them
- Encourage your staff to work at their maximum efficiency, using their own initiative and skills to produce excellent results and then don’t reward them, or even better criticise them for some small thing they’ve forgotten to do
- Allow your staff to produce great results and then give someone else (preferably yourself) the credit.
- Ignore the creative potential within your organisation and stifle any innovative (different) ideas, continuing to work ‘as you’ve always worked’ (x-ref Item 1)
- Provide a good bit of ‘stretch’ in staff expectations by setting impossible targets, or change targets on a monthly basis for no apparent reason, and then criticise them when the targets are missed
- Don’t offer your staff any meaningful feedback so that you can really let them have it and surprise them at their annual appraisal
- Keep rewards for excellent performance to a minimum and make sure that you never give praise, even if it is due
- Take a note of every negative comment each member of staff makes and make a list that you can use at their annual appraisal as justification for no pay rise
- Choose to work in a new area, preferably one about which you have no knowledge, ignore anyone who already work/has worked in the area, but be sure to tell them that you appreciate their input
- Another FREE Bonus … Be sure that you focus on the problems and products rather than the people who can help you solve them and sell them
- FINAL FREE BONUS … TODAY ONLY … Be sure to appoint someone to a key position of responsibility who has no previous experience in that area. Then make sure that staff with experience in the chosen area report to them. This is great way to promote discussion!!
Why not try scoring where you work and see if you can predict longevity of your company? Alternatively, you could always post your own on this page … there must be a big audience out there waiting to read them.
Perhaps a better title would have been Ten Free Business Killer Tactics.
Until next time …