'An expert on administration, called in to straighten out or develop administration for a company can ALWAYS be sure of one thing: IT WILL BE JAMMED AT THE TOP.'
L. Ron Hubbard
An Expert on administration, called in to straighten out or develop administration for a company can ALWAYS be sure of one thing: IT WILL BE JAMMED AT THE TOP.
Thus he can always do one thing very effectively: HE CAN UNJAM IT AT THE TOP.
Old-time business efficiency experts sometimes knew that the jam was at the top but considered this meant it was necessary to retrain the top man, and this being infeasible and unpopular, went down into the plant to do time-motion studies. As it remained jammed at the top, the firm seldom got more efficient.
Many tales are told about how the top needed retraining, was old-fashioned and hampered things and almost none of them were true.
All organizations that are surviving at all are driven directly from the top or by a strata of executives immediately below the top and senior to anyone else.
The first action in any attempt to improve an organization is, of course, observation. The first thing to observe is who at or near the top in executive capacity is driving the organization.
Someone, at the top or several someones just below the top are overloaded.
This will be the one or several most important logjams or bundles of stopped flows.
A jam or inefficiency can exist on very low stratas of an organization without greatly impeding much of anything. But when such a jam occurs high up it can reduce efficiency, revenue and threaten the whole organization.
The one or more at the top are trying. They are trying hard. Otherwise nothing would be going at all.
To even hint that any retraining is needed at the top is an invalidation. Further, there is no time available there for retraining.
What is wrong and what causes overwork and despair is that the staff-type persons serving the high-level people are not trained or organized to handle the abundance of action.
This is well within the province of an administrative expert to handle. Here he is dealing with secretaries, typists, phone operators and junior executive types who are only too willing to learn how to expedite the action for the high-level key people.
All one needs to tell the key person is that he needs administrative help and that you'll see that he gets it to take the load off.
Then you organize and groove in those who directly serve him.
He operates actually on a standard Organizing Board as a person and as an executive. Those services are fully listed on a standard Organizing Board.
The larger the organization being headed, the more numerous must be the service corps that serves the key executive.
If the organization is small or he is a very junior executive he often has a secretary but really does not have a communicator. If he can't have more than one person, one would convert the secretary to a communicator who is trained to be aware of all the functions involved in a standard Organizing Board. When his secretary learns all this well, in terms simply of basic duties, the load will come off.
But let us go much bigger. In a million man organization, the personal staff of the upper executive who carries the load would have to be several dozen people who comprise his personal administrative staff only.
Fundamentals of Administration
All the training the top man would need would come when the rest were organized and trained and would consist only of "This is your personal staff. For these functions (divisional) here is who you call." You give him the personal Organizing Board and let him play with it until he learns it in actual use.
The load would come off, the lines would speed up and the result in production or accomplishment would be fantastic.
This personal staff would be trained by the administrative expert, not to run the business but simply to handle and expedite all the actions of the top executive.
Overloaded executives who are near the top should also have an organized personal staff, less numerous, but still with the basic Organizing Board fully covered.
Training these personal staff members is not hard. They are usually very willing and very amazed that order can exist and that there is a way to help.
Unless one has sat in or near a top spot he might not have any idea of how overloaded these are. Or how this overload can delay or prevent expansion. Where every interview is personal and where every action contains minor confusions, the brilliance and competence of the most well-meaning high executive is drained into minor chaos.
The president of the United States usually ages twenty years for every four in office. They go in looking well, they come out of office a wreck. Look at their pictures before and after. This is the toll of a relatively efficient if poorly organized personal staff.
Therefore, to handle this, a real, an efficient, a fully trained personal staff that is groomed to near perfection is vital.
The jammed condition is at the top.
If the top is served by people who fully understand administration (as per Key Ingredients, an Organizing Board based on natural laws instead of whim, precise duties and hats) then the observations and inspections bring in the data, plans go out, get followed up, get executed, the lines fly, the users are satisfied and the load comes off.
The exact adaption of the standard Organizing Board has to be worked out on a basis of what the top executive or executives have to handle. But it will contain every division and every department and will be capable of observation, supervision and survey users or voters and doing all the other things expected of that executive.
The administrative expert will find, with one look at the top executives in almost all companies and countries where this has not been done that no one man can possibly carry the loads and functions required of his post. Yet in almost all cases the job is somehow being done.
What an administration expert has to do is study and list all the functions - unobtrusively - of that post and recruit and train a personal staff for it, even though it is as few as one or three or as many as hundreds, depending on the organization size.
The result will be magical in its effectiveness throughout the entire organization. Plans become actuality, confusions vanish and the statistics rise.
You can thereafter work out ways to unstop lower executive posts. But you begin and make your biggest increase at the top.
They need help up there.