Recently, I was a motivational speaker for a group of financial leaders. The group unanimously agreed that open door policies are death to personal productivity.
One manager actually has a sign that says, my open door policy is closed.
These financial leaders have grown tired of trying to solve everyone's problems. Never does a day go by where the revolving open door isn't constantly dragging problems to a leaders feet. Personal productivity plummets when you are constantly distracted.
When you have an open door policy people can take advantage of it and get used to not solving problems on there own.
An open door policy suggests come to me with any questions and challenges and I will help. This was reasonable 30 years ago where fear and intimidation made people afraid to speak up.
Today, not only are we encouraged to speak our mind but we are given the social media tools to broadcast our thoughts all over the world.
In some workplaces people are still afraid to ask questions but today it is so much easier to find answers.
Open door policies work if people are still encouraged and empowered to think through and solve problems. Miscommunication happens when people don't know the right solutions and then don't know they don't know.
Leadership: Is your door open or closed?
Career choices for women used to be limited; now women can do pretty much any job that men can. Why then are only 12 of the fortune 500 companies run by women?
When I was a generational leadership speaker for a health care facility, I found that 45% of the leadership was Generation X and Y. That meant that over 50% of their subordinates were older than them. Many young, savvy career oriented professionals today find themselves leading older generations. Age dictates a lot about who we are and the decisions we make. Real differences exist across generations in our values and work preferences.
During a leadership workshop we discussed how leadership spends too much time planning for fun instead of actually having it.
Negative people annoy me. If your going to be cranky than it's your choice but don't infect everyone around you with your sour disposition.