Miller’s Monday Morning Message

Andrew MillerMiller’s Monday Morning Message
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Andrew Miller on operational excellence, strategy, life balance and everything in between

Toronto – October 26, 2015
Operational transparency is just as it sounds. You provide transparency in the way you operate, both internally and externally.
Externally, the more transparent you are, the less failure work you do. FEDEX is a very externally transparent organization. If you are a customer, you know exactly where your package is at all times. FEDEX gives you a website and a tracking number and the rest is up to you. They don’t waste fielding calls from customers asking, “Where is my package?” They have put that onus on the customer and made it in the customer’s best interests because they provide real-time information about the location of the package. That is operational transparency at its best.
Internally, the more transparent you are, the less your employees take up time wondering how decisions are made. The less time spent complaining about bureaucracy. The less time being frustrated about the approval process. If you set parameters about how decisions will be made, whether those be investment decisions, strategic decisions or decisions about which ideas will be implemented, employees will not waste time asking why a decision was made a certain way. They spend less time questioning and more time doing. They self-select based on the parameters that have been communicated. That helps with retention. That helps attract better people and that helps get things done.
Rank yourself between one and five on operational transparency. Where do you sit internally and externally? Where are you throwing money away?
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Rutgers fires head coach Mike Rice

For those that didn’t see the video of Rutgers head basketball coach Mike Rice yelling at players and throwing basketballs at them, here it is.

What’s sad about this whole story is that this was brought to the attention of Rice’s boss more than four months ago. You would think in an era of scandals in college sports (see Penn State football and other similar stories), universities would be very sensitive to how players are treated.

Rice’s behaviour was brought to the attention of Rutger’s athletic director, Tim Pernetti, back in December. Pernetti suspended Rice for three games and fined him $50,000 for his behaviour. This means that Pernetti knew that what was going on was wrong.

Unfortunately, the only reason that Rice was fired was because the video showing his treatment of players became public this week. Otherwise, I have no doubt he would still be the coach of the Rutger’s men’s basketball team. What does it say in an age of supposed transparency, that consequences only matter if someone finds out? Not a whole lot.

The big question in all of this is, “Will someone else hire Mike Rice after seeing the way he treats his players?” My guess is yes.