If you're like me many of you have worked in corporate staff situations where every layer of management wanted to change what you had produced. More often than not it was just for the sake of change or ego and not to add value to the document or work product.
I observed this trend early on in my career and decided that when I was the boss reviewing the work of subordinates that things would be different. And that is when I adopted a "Value Added Management" approach.
Simply put, to me adopting a "Value Added Management" approach means:
“When reviewing the work of subordinates, don’t make changes for the sake of change. Only change something if it adds value to the process or the finished product.”
Value Added Management also allows subordinates to use their own vocabulary, presentation and writing styles to communicate their proposals. This approach assumes that the proposal is accurate, brief, adequately states the problem, presents alternatives and contains a recommended solution.
This participative and flexible management style is used in conjunction with the Doctrine of Completed Staff Work, in which, subordinates are expected to submit finished Completed Staff Work proposals to Senior Management for their approval.
Please let me know your thoughts on this Value Added Management approach by posting a comment here, sending an email to: DaveWestfall@dewpointe.com or by visiting my website at: www.dewpointe.com.
All the best,
Dave Westfall, MBA
Business Coach and Internet Marketing Consultant