Article Credit Steve Andriole

There are others, but here’s a list of things we don’t need to succeed at business.  Is this some convoluted, sick form of #pandemicwisdom?  Or just a way to think about the so-called “new normal”?  At the heart of the list are business processes that actually work or just exist because they always have.  Take a look and then re-invent — or replace — the processes on the list:

  1. Meetings, meetings and more meetings, especially face-to-face ones where we don’t have to worry about what we’re wearing
  2. Offices we’re seldom in anyway
  3. Commutes that add hours – and stress – to our day
  4. Public transportation
  5. Cash
  6. Crowds
  7. Huge Powerpoint decks (which we never needed)
  8. Office drama (defined any way you like)
  9. Face-to-face training
  10. Office space designed for hundreds if not thousands of employees
  11. Office space lease options
  12. Assistants (and schedules managed by someone else)
  13. Event planners (when the number and definition of “events” have perhaps forever changed)
  14. Large IT departments (Google IT)
  15. Gasoline, diesel fuel and charging stations
  16. Lunch time yoga classes
  17. Unnecessary business trips, hotels and too many airports
  18. Birthday parties (and all that cake)
  19. Multiple video-teleconferencing applications
  20. All those consultants
  21. Restrooms …

The point? We’ve never had so many opportunities to retire, replace and reinvent business processes. Business process reengineering – remember that term? – is all about replacing old, inefficient processes with new productive ones.  Process mining and optimization — under the mantra of digital transformation — is the new way to think about the same old goals:  efficiency.  Do we need face-to-face interviews?  Do we need to show new employees around?  What can we learn about time management?  Does remote work enable more – or less – time to actually “think”?  What new skills and competencies should we master?  What about the downside?  Professional camaraderie, proximate group problem-solving, “fun” and even agility are enabled by face-to-face contact.  But what the pandemic should force us to do is revisit and assess all of the processes that define our professional (and even our personal) lives.  What processes don’t we need, which ones can be changed and which can be added?  If we succeed here, we might just extract something useful from this awful crisis.

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