A group which will monitor and share the progress made with Results Only Work Environment in the federal government.
Is ‘Results-Only’ what we really want?
April 13, 2010 at 12:55 pm #97468
I really like the overall concept of a Results-Only Work Environment, especially after reading the free downloadable introduction and first chapter made available yesterday by Cali and Jody. As I read it, I saw the application in a specific area in which I am engaged, Christian ministry. I even thought of an appropriate name for that area … Results-Only Ministry Environment (ROME).As I continued to think about it, one problem arose in regards to the title … is results the only thing that matters? In ministry it certainly doesn’t, process is very important also. The ends do not necessarily justify the means. The tortures and slaughters perpetrated by the church in order to convert non-Christians and even Catholic to Protestant or vice-versa are not justifiable and never have been.Having gone down that line of thinking in regards to ministry, I began to think about it in regards to Results-Only Work Environment. I’m confident that proponents of ROWE are not proposing that it doesn’t matter how your work is accomplished … the focus is on not using time and place as measures of performance.My tendency is to just toss the thoughts aside and conclude that no one would inappropriately look only at results and not at the morality or legality of how it was accomplished. But then I remembered that our national leaders have just done that and do it all the time. Congress has ignored the Constitution and the will of the people to force through legislation which most of them, if not all of them, had not even read in order to supposedly achieve an honorable goal … healthcare for all. Some have even stated that they didn’t care about the Constitution, that this was the right thing to do.We probably all face decisions every week on whether to ignore some rules or engage in questionable actions in order to get something done that at least appears to be right. I hope that we all will remember, whether we are working in an environment that is constrained by times and places or not, that results are not the only important criteria for performance.
April 13, 2010 at 1:14 pm #97482
Actually a good point. I haven’t read the full ROWE book so perhaps it is explained there. But I agree that the process is important. And I also argue that we need to take risks and fail and try new things – which may have bad initial results.
April 13, 2010 at 1:35 pm #97480
Great post! And thank you for reading the Intro & First Chapter.
The intense “focus on results” is more about eliminating wasteful activities in the approach to achieving outcomes. For example, having a conversation about the NCAA Finals may be fun to have at work, but that “activity” does not help achieve organizational goals. And to your point, skirting the process to achieve results is not acceptable either.
Results-Only means the organization must get crystal clear about expectations + people at all levels stop doing any activity that is a waste of their time, the customer’s time, or the company’s money.
We look forward to continuing this conversation….
April 13, 2010 at 1:39 pm #97478
I’m not REALLY suggesting changing your name, but how about (in honor of Awesome GovLoop) …
AWEFOR … A Work Environment Focused On Results
April 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm #97476
HA!!!! Love it!
April 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm #97474
BTW, Cali and Jody, does the book address this issue at all? I am seriously considering putting together some teachings on a Results-Only Ministry Environment and will probably be purchasing the book for relevant ideas.
Also, if you haven’t seen my profile, my favorite quote, which is relevant, is:
Emotion is no substitute for Action;
Action is no substitute for Production;
Production is no substitute for Reproduction.
April 13, 2010 at 2:14 pm #97472
The book is an excellent source for addressing the social change aspects of ROWE. We are currently working on a re-release, which will include two more chapters highlighting what has happened since and more insight into how to implement ROWE.
Please see this post from our blog about ROWE and churches: http://gorowe.com/2009/10/12/rowe-for-churches-its-happening/
D. Lee Grooms is doing some fascinating things and we would be happy to e-intro you to him if you desire. Just let us know.
Thanks again for your interest.
Cali & Jody
April 13, 2010 at 3:03 pm #97470
Thanks for sharing that link … will definitely take a look at that at home. Right now I have to ‘look busy’ 🙂
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