Be Thankful You Don’t Work Here William Spindloe







This is Motivational. Kind of. It will not seem like it to start with, but stick with it.

If nothing else it is certainly amusing

I had a client who is a Cleaning and Waste Disposal company. One of their contracts is a garbage collection and street cleaning. As with most of these types of contracts there are penalties attached to non- compliance and the timeliness of garbage collections, street cleaning etc.  So in order to lessen any risk,  they have come up with a new and inventive way to ensure their street cleaning contract is not likely to be under such contractual scrutiny.

At one end of the city is a large park, popular with dog walkers. Up until now the owners have been encouraged to use the ‘pooper scooper’ system. Scoop up, bag and dispose of pooches you know what on their own. Many of the Dog owners and walkers have diligently complied. However, just as many if not more have not, leaving the area littered with, well you know what. It was becoming a fairly challenging task for the street cleaning team to keep up so to ensure they were not going to be financially penalized, the Dog *poo* Application was invented.

Any dog owner can now download this onto their smartphone, and once their pooch has done their business, they no longer need to scoop. All they simply need to do is take out the phone, and snap a picture of the poo with the downloaded app. This in turn will send a message to Street Cleaning Central, with the co-ordinates of said poo, and a team within the hour will be dispatched to deal with it. Thus mitigating any financial penalties and making the life of the dog owners easier at the same time.

In my mind when I was told about this application, all I could picture were people up and down the city taking pictures of Dog poo with their smartphones. To those witnessing this sight, who have no knowledge of this application, this may seem more than a little bizarre. The whole story made me smile for weeks and in fact still does.

Recently I was conducting a workshop for a number of senior managers, and the question was raised about innovation. I told the story of the Dog *Poo* App. I also told them that I also felt that this was a story about motivation. I did get some quizzical looks, but here is what I told them.

If you wake up at the start of the week with dread about starting another 5 days at work, or throw the duvet over your head and toss the alarm clock across the room at thought of another week in the office, then ponder only this. If you do not have a job where you receive texts telling you the precise location of what is quite literally * poo* on an hourly basis, that you have to clean up, then you have nothing to complain about.


William Spindloe