10-year plans don't say what needs to be done tomorrow.
January 22, 2013 3:59 PM Subscribe
How can I better "manage my managers" who can only think in the long-term? They have lots of really great ideas which never go anywhere because they don't schedule people to work on them.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (3 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I work in a very small company for a couple, one of which is sometimes in the office. They have wonderful plans for their company, and the employees all agree we have great goals, but we are getting more and more frustrated that we never get to work on them because we are stuck doing day-to-day and/or fire-fighting stuff. I understand this is the money-making side, but to be honest we're only just breaking even. The bosses think their new ideas could be much better money makers, but they don't seem to understand that they need to invest some employee time into research and development to make them really happen. We really can't do what they're suggesting without significant changes to our schedules.
How can I/we talk to them about this? What phrases can I use? I have already suggested we need to build a 'roadmap' and I think they understand that. But every couple weeks there is some new idea, we all chat about it, and then nothing gets done. How can we all break out of this frustrating cycle?