August 4, 2006 | Mark Paradies

Friday Joke – Beauty or Brains? (And what is the ROI?)

If you get upset by reading jokes … don’t read jokes. If you get upset when you read this joke, REMEMBER …

ALL readers of this blog are ABOVE AVERAGE … so this joke doesn’t apply to you!

Michele Lindsay, a TapRooT® Instructor in Canada, sent the following joke:

The average woman would rather have beauty than brains 
because the average man can see better than he can think.

This made me think…

What does management really want when they ask for a root cause analysis?

They really want the problems to stop and the costs to be minimal. If no real change is required, that would be great.

It is our job to educate them that you can’t get something for nothing. Meaningful change requires work.

The question is … can we demonstrate the return on investment from root cause analysis that makes the whole process worthwhile?

I think we can. See the Success Stories from TapRooT® Users. I think they demonstrate what is possible.

Once management understands that an investment is required, the only question left is the ROI – which we NEED to demonstrate to prove that the effort is worthwhile.

Thus even for the joke – we need to demonstrate that the value is there – whether it is “men” or “management” – “beauty,” “brains,” or “return on investment.”

Prove your worth.

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