A humorous but serious and practical guide on how we can finally rid ourselves of those commonplace, bureaucratic bottlenecks that plague every office in every company around the world. The author presents a five-step plan on how to make our work lives much, much easier.
The Ministry of Common Sense focuses on the everyday corporate frustrations that we all experience. The stories here are entertaining but troubling, familiar but also eye-opening. Such situations are totally recognizable to employees in every kind of workplace.
Consider: A bank teller needs to obtain five different levels of approval to sign off on a simple check request. The process can take days.
A manager proudly posts his son’s crayon drawing from school, but is then sternly informed by HR that he is “in direct violation of company policy” by posting the boy’s work on his office desk, and that he “must remove his son’s art work immediately.”
A corporate memo dictates that all employees must refer to company products and policies according to their three-letter acronyms in order “to better facilitate communication.” Within a few months, an internal book of corporate acronyms is issued to all workers: it is 600 pages long.
Martin Lindstrom offers a way out, with a five-step plan on how to pinpoint and eliminate these annoying problems, once and for all.