Bottlenecks And Political Inefficiency


Have you ever thought there was an employee who knew so much and had so much experience, they could not be replaced?  We encounter this frequently in smaller manufacturing companies because maintaining the status quo is so easy to do.  If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right?

Wrong!  It actually is broken.  What you have is a bottleneck.  Your organization is only as good as that person.  You will never get better with that one employee holding the reins.

Large corporations take care of this problem through attrition, overkill, and rotation.  Ever wonder why folks are moved from department to department?  It simply keeps the system in motion and reduces the likelihood of a bottleneck.

Politicians, quite possibly the largest collection of bottlenecks, exist because they create their own rules.  iManage4Results says if you want to fix the problem just implement term limits.  But politicians know if you fix the problem they are out of a job.  Bottleneck workers are just as smart.  They typically will feed information to the owner or general manager in hopes of maintaining their “protected” status.  They will also undermine other managers if they feel threatened.  Time spent protecting their job results in lower productivity.

Bottlenecks cause all sorts of problems.  High priority projects slow to a crawl.  Mini-bottlenecks grow because bottlenecks protect their own.  Be aware that fraud and embezzlement like to hide in bottlenecks.  (We will cover illegal activities and how to spot them in a later post.)

Fixing a bottleneck is easy, transfer the employee, manage them to expectations, or terminate them.  Identifying the bottleneck takes observation and common sense.  Look for employees that make others nervous.  Find out who has lots of vacation banked.  Listen for someone to say, “Bob won’t share his secrets,” or “Nancy is the only worker who can run that piece of equipment,” or “This place would shut down without Henry.”

And finally, watch out for managers that have skip relationships with the owners.  Owners commonly skip their GM’s and go right to the source.  This break in communication encourages the bottleneck.  The owner does not always realize their managerial shortcomings when doing this.  They recognized it enough to hire a GM, but not enough to use the GM for maximum productivity, thus creating a bottleneck.

So, bust the bottlenecks and watch your organization prosper.  And remember, those bottlenecks are likely good employees.  A change for them may be just what they need for a productivity boost.

13 Comments to Bottlenecks And Political Inefficiency

  1. Google says:

    Google

    Always a huge fan of linking to bloggers that I really like but really don’t get a great deal of link appreciate from.

  2. My Homepage says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Find More Informations here: imanage4results.com/2013/07/bottlenecks-and-political-inefficiency/ […]

  3. Lupe Cirone says:

    I simply want to say I’m newbie to blogging and site-building and certainly liked your blog. Likely I’m planning to bookmark your blog post . You really have fabulous articles and reviews. Thanks for sharing with us your blog.

  4. Neal Dearin says:

    In this awesome design of things you actually receive a B- for effort and hard work. Exactly where you misplaced us ended up being on your details. As it is said, the devil is in the details… And it could not be more correct here. Having said that, permit me reveal to you precisely what did work. The writing is very powerful and this is most likely the reason why I am making the effort to comment. I do not make it a regular habit of doing that. 2nd, although I can see a jumps in reason you come up with, I am definitely not certain of exactly how you seem to unite your details that produce the actual conclusion. For now I will yield to your issue however trust in the foreseeable future you actually link your facts better.

  5. Zelma Donelson says:

    Hi! Would you mind if I share your blog with my zynga group? There’s a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Thank you

    • Jeff says:

      Share away. I need all the help I can get to bring exposure to these topics. I have lots more in the works that really target small business management. Thanks so much!

  6. Home Page says:

    Many thanks for the particular sensible judge. Me & my own neighbor have been just preparing to do slightly research concerning this. We received a seize a publication from our own local selection but I do believe I realized more using this post. I will be very glad to find out such great information getting shared freely on the market.

  7. Cheap Tanks says:

    I’ll straightaway seize a rss as i can’t to locate your inbox subscription connection or e-newsletter system. Do you possess any? Kindly help me know in order that I might possibly subscribe. Thanks a lot.

  8. Anonymous says:

    It was a truly nice approach! Just wanna thank you for the data you contain apportioned. Really continue publishing…

  9. Anonymous says:

    Exactly what a great world wide web log. I commit hours on the internet reading websites, about plenty of various themes. I ought to for starters give compliments to whomever created your current theme and secondly to anyone for producing what i’m able to only describe just as one fabulous content. I seriously believe you will find there’s skill to article marketing that only few posses along with honestly you bought it. The pairing of demonstrative along with upper-class written content is by simply all probability super rare while using astronomic volume of blogs for the cyberspace.

  10. pozyczki przez internet says:

    Howdy are using WordPress for your site platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own.
    Do you require any html coding expertise to make your own blog?
    Any help would be really appreciated!

  11. Anonymous says:

    hello! i wanted to thank you for this great read!! i am definitely enjoying every little bit of it i have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

Leave a Reply