You don’t know everything… about every group in your whole company. (Hint: neither does anyone else.)
Take a field trip to another part of the company that you don’t know much about. It could be a corner of the factory, or some group who works on a different product than you, or the group next door who you think you might know what they do but not really. Or it could be that group with the funny sounding title which makes you say “What the heck does that mean, and what do they do anyway?”
Talk to someone in that group and tell them that you would like to find out what their group does and write up a little informational story to share with your group and others who might need to know.
People like to be respected and recognized for the work they do. So start a little newsletter, or use your web site, or a blog and talk about the good things people are doing. This could even be an ongoing effort to help people know what everyone does in the company and make connections which can break down those artificial barriers I mentioned in the first post.
9 thoughts on “Go On a Field Trip”
Hey you redecorated! Nice work.
Love the blog subtitle!
Way back when I was in the corporate world. I used to sit down for lunch with people in other departments, rather than just my own. You get to know them better. You can share ideas. They’re more willing to help you out in a crisis. And, you can often help them too.
Thanks Jodi. I might try on a few different outfits before I settle down. (But who says I have to settle down?)
Yes, having lunch with people in other departments is excellent grootship! It may be similar to this one, but I think it deserves its own post. Do you want to write one up Jodi and send it to me by email, then I’ll post and give you credit and include links to your site and ebook or whatever you want?
(I’m laughing because I was just thinking that I wanted to do more guest posts).
Trying to understand the others is a first step to improve your ship.
Back in my “corporate time” I made it a habit visiting people of other departments. I even “bribed” them with cookies or chocolate. OK that was maybe unfair, but worked miracles. It opened so many doors for me and I helped me a lot when I needed their support. Even if it was on VERY SHORT NOTICE they would do everything they could to help….which of course lead to another visit with a big thank you of some kind.
You are so right Regine, the power of relationships usually trumps any formal process. People are always willing to help those they trust. And it seems that in the corporate world, where we all have some small part of an overall process, we usually need each other’s help in order to do what’s best for the customer.
So why not do whatever it takes to build trust and relationships? Cookies and chocolate seem like a perfectly fine idea to me (meaning it would have worked on me.) It shows you care.
Sorry for the mistakes… I hate when I hit the “submit” button too quickly.
Don’t worry about it. I had to read it a couple of times to find any. But how about I give you a chance to fix them? Would you be willing to write a guest post about your cookie idea? It doesn’t have to be long. About the same as your comment is fine.
It may be similar to this post, but I think detailing out how you work the ‘bribes’ could make it its own. Plus, I’m going to run out of ideas soon, so I need all the help I can get.
….working on it!