With productivity falling below their goals, the board of the
ABC Widget Company decided to hire a consultant to
investigate potential avenues for improvement. The
consultant set out right away to tour the plant.

Soon after entering the shipping area he noticed a man
standing next to one of the pillars holding up the roof. After
introducing himself, the consultant asked the man what his
job was.

“I am supposed to stand by this pillar,” the employee said

Curious, the consultant asked why he was supposed to
stand there.

“I don’t know. My boss told me to stand by the pillar so that
is what I do.”

Thanking the man, the consultant continued on his tour.
When he got to the production line he noticed a man
standing next to another pillar.

“Good afternoon,” the consultant said before explaining who
he was.

“May I ask you what you do here?”

The man by the pillar said, “This is my job. I am supposed to
stand by this pillar all day. I’ve been doing it for five years.”

The following month the consultant presented his findings as
the board reconvened. A discussion of the board members
ensued and soon a decision was made as to how to handle
the situation.

When the discussion had concluded, the consultant was
tasked with firing one of the two men standing by the pillars.

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The Consultant and the Pillars