To continue from yesterday, let's be fair and listen to what our Minister of Transport has to say about the latest fiasco :
In his defense, our beloved Minister of Transport, Hatta Rajasa said that he frequently made mistakes because he is way too tired. There are many accidents lately, he is extremely busy and that led to mistakes .
"I am tired and I receive too much information, so sometimes I mentioned things inaccurately
", he said. (Or something like that - rough translation from ).
All right. Fair enough. Let's help him.What should he do?
So we did a silly experiment: We went to one of our young managers (just promoted recently), and ask her some "what if" questions :Question no 1:
"What if one of your staff came to you and said that he is too tired doing his job? What would you say to this person?"
"Does he/she have staff working under him?"
"Three words: delegate, delegate, delegate.
If he had enough people under him, he should delegate some of the work.
If someone came to me saying he/she is too tired, in my opinion it means 3 possibilities:
One: he/she does not have enough people. Two: he/she has enough people but cannot delegate. or Three: he/she is just too unorganized and not up for the job."Question no 2:
What if this staff said that he receives way too much information. More than he can handle?
"That's just basic management. He has to set his priority. Organize the information into high, medium, and low priority and respond accordingly.
If he said all are in top priority, that means he has not thought them through. Or simply has no ability to organize himself.
Trust me, even on a burning platform , you can always organize issues into different level of priorities.Question no 3:
What if this staff said, receiving too much information has led to him making mistakes. Inaccurate statements for example. Some even get to the press.
"For God sake. Who is this guy anyway? That is just inexcusable.
Who is he? One of mine? Because I can assure you I won't tolerate this kind of behaviour."
We could not hold our laughter any longer so we showed her the printout of the news.
"A minister? You made me criticize a minister?
Get out of here, you bunch of w***ers ! ..."
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 Just a typical office jargon, frequently used here. Among us "burning platform" means 'high priority/critical issues" or "crises".