Okay, so recently I was told about a show called Tabatha’s Salon Takeover. Tabatha takes over a failing salon, shapes up management, then leaves. Finally, she randomly checks in later to see if the lessons stick.
I find this interesting. What if a new HCA came in for 2 weeks and did what Tabtha did — tears through your contracts shop, departs then checks in.
My guess is that while you may not like many changes a Tabatha would put in place, you would (a) learn a lot, and (b) better appreciate your workplace.
And what happens when your Tabatha HCA checks in three months after she left? Would you be doing things the old way or the new way? You’d probably stick with the old ways since change is hard and Tabatha is an outsider who doesn’t “know the way you do business”. (Side note: the way you do business isn’t unique). Still, the new ways planted seeds in minds and forced contracting officers to question their assumptions and methods.
While we can’t have Tabatha breathe fire down our necks and wreck our shops, we can use this post as an opportunity — I challenge you to question your contracting officer in one thing today. It doesn’t have to be big. Just challenge. Come back later and see if your challenge would have made a difference.