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The Most Influential Business Tool on Your Desk

shutterstock_73087231Do you know what the most influential tool is on your desk?

One of the challenges in working within an organisation is relying on other people to get things done for you. For example, as a manager, you need to delegate and share tasks quite regularly to increase your effectiveness. But what if the person doesn’t get back to you the report that you needed on time?

An influence study that was done suggested that using a Post-It note is the most  influential business tool that you can use. The study suggested that when someone writes a short personal note and put the Post-It note on top of the report, the degree of compliance moves from 36% to 75%.

For example, if you wrote “Hi Jenny, can you please get this report back to me by Friday. Thanks. Janet” and put that on a Post-It note, you would have a 75% compliance rate as opposed to a 36% compliance rate. For some reason, we respond to things when they have a Post-It note on it.

So the next time you share information with a staff member or colleague, make sure you put a Post-It note on it with a short note and increase the level of compliance that that person gets that report back to you whenever you need it to be done.

Love to hear your thoughts on this idea.

 

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2 comments
    Karl Okorn I think this is great.

    It also seems to add a personal touch and I have found I always get a response when leaving post-its on files for follow-up action, whereas e-mails can be easily overlooked.

    I suspect this is because of the huge voloume of e-mails we all get each day, a post-it note manages to stand out as an individual task and consequently gets done.
      Carol Salvadori I know when I use post it noyes to remind myself to do something it stands out and has more of a sense of urgency.

      I will definitely try this approach out. As emails seems to get forgotten about if distracted on other things. Not receiving any follow up from emails is very frustrating when you have to remind yourself to chase them up.

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