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Approver To Approvee Ratio

Every non-trivially sized profit-making organization has a number of approvers and approvees. For approvees to be enabled to do anything of significance like, uh, create products and respond to customers, they need the blessing of one or more approvers. As the graph below implies, it’s the “or more” word duo in the previous sentence that has an ominous connotation.

As the AAR in a group of people organized for a purpose increases, the org’s CPERF will start declining at some point in time. At a mystical value of “K”, the point of no return is reached and it’s all down hill from there. As the K threshold is exceeded, the maze of approver signatures that an approvee needs to navigate becomes untenable and the responsiveness of the “system” goes down the crapper. Even worse, the lower class approvee subgroup soon jettisons its sense of initiative and only assaults the approver fortress when a high ranking approver him/herself forces the action.

In clueless corpricracies, no one diligently watches over the AAR and prevents it from exceeding K. Quite the contrary, approvers love to hire more approvers because they have much in common with them and they love to have other approvers report to them – so they can approve the underling approver’s future requests for approval.

Approve, approve, approve your request, gently up the chain.
Sourly, sourly, sourly, sourly, work is but a drain.

  1. USDAapprovedFishMeal
    June 14, 2010 at 7:58 am

    There are some who may not approve of this message…


    • June 14, 2010 at 8:39 am

      The more, the better? I wonder what the current Approver-to-Approvee ratio is for the total number of people who’ve read this post. Rick, if you’re the only one so far, then the ratio is currently 0.

      You know, every time you change your name, I’ve got to approve your comment for it to be displayed. WordPress also allows me to unapprove previously approved comments. What power, no?

  2. fishead
    June 15, 2010 at 8:10 am

    your approval is always required, regardless of the species of fish in the comment pool. you are the master of all you survey. (and it’s your blog, too.)

  3. fishead
    June 15, 2010 at 8:12 am

    ((Besides, if I didn’t mix things up a bit, you’d have nothing to do, right?))

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