Want something doing quickly? Get a woman involved, says Ollie’s wife
With a company takeover looming, Ollie’s not only bringing work home, but he’s taking it to bed too. Lizzie has something to say about that, and reminds him that a woman’s input often helps to get things done faster – offering Solo Expenses’ expense manager app as the perfect example…
“Who could have thought there was so much work involved in taking over a company?” Ollie sighed. It was late in the evening, and he was still working, laptop on his knees, in bed.
His wife Lizzie looked up from her book. “When I married you, Banks, I never imagined the day would dawn when I was sharing our bed with a dozen people I’d never met. Do you have to do that in here? Won’t it wait until morning?”
Tipping back his head and closing his eyes, he reached for her hand. “Sorry, but it has to be done. We created a timeline for the takeover, and if this isn’t finished by first thing in the morning, it’ll make everyone else late, and we’ll miss the deadlines. Anyway, if I didn’t do it, I wouldn’t be able to sleep. Getting it all out of the way is as much for my peace of mind as anything; there just never seems to be enough time to get through everything…”
“Then my advice is that there are only two options: find ways of getting things done faster, or create realistic timelines in the first place. You should have got a woman to organise it. It would have worked then,” she said. “What is all this stuff, anyway?”
Looking intently at his laptop screen, he mumbled: “Due diligence.”
“Then that’s only part of the battle. When that’s done, and you’ve signed on the dotted line, there will be another long list to attack, like health and safety policies, employee contracts, service level agreements for all the new clients you have, and an expenses policy.”
Warming to her subject she continued: “Mind you, the last one will be simple enough. Get everyone onto Solo Expenses. There you are; perfect example of getting a woman on board to sort a problem out. Sunita’s shown how it’s done that for expense management software; simple to get into for new users, and there’s an approval process, so that’s quick and easy. And because the software’s simple to use, all these new people will be familiar with it in no time. And using it will make time in the company for loads of other stuff!”
Ollie looked up at her. “Great idea. I hadn’t thought of it in that degree of detail,” he said.
“It’s only a shame you didn’t think of it earlier, Banks, then you could have been part of the Solo Expenses referral scheme; you know, existing users get rewarded for recommending a friend? When they sign up, you earn commission. What company are you taking over? I’ll get them to sign up myself.”
“Easy tiger,” said Ollie. “I’m sure that wouldn’t be right. Insider trading, or something, isn’t it?”
“Probably,” she said. “I wasn’t really going to do it. I was just trying to show you how quickly things could be got on with if you just put your mind to it. Or got a woman involved. In any event, it’ll be one weight off your mind, not just now, but for ever, as far as expense reporting software is concerned. And think about how much more efficient it will be when you bring two companies together. Think of the duplication of effort you’ll be able to get rid of. “
Ollie was losing focus on the task in hand. What his wife was saying was perfectly true, and amongst everything else he was trying to get done, that particular detail had been lost amongst a mass of others – but it wasn’t a particular help at that precise moment. He tried to shut down the conversation with a technique he’d used before. “Yes dear,” he said, and added: “Do you think I should go downstairs and finish this in the kitchen, so you can get some sleep?”
“Full marks, Banks! That’s the best idea I’ve heard in this house since I said your new employees ought to be using Solo Expenses from Day One. Off you go, and I’ll see you in the morning. Don’t wake the dog. Or the children. Or me, when you eventually come back to bed.”
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