The Mystery Number

Here’s a great training tip from the Great Game of Business.  Help others understand your business (or department) by using a ‘mystery number.’

One business owner posted “222,232” on his office door.  He made no comment on it, and waited for people to digest it, and to ask.  Finally, in a staff meeting, he revealed that the number represented fuel delivery costs for their company for one year.

Lots of staff had an ‘aha’ moment and thought a little more deeply about how to use delivery more effectively in the future.

Another friend posted the number that it takes to keep the doors open every month – to the shock of his employees. Another posted direct mail costs for one marketing campaign.

You can’t expect anyone to care about a secret – make some relevant numbers public and see what happens.

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