My idea is hardly original. Back when I was in middle school, a group of students were allowed to shadow jobs in the local township. While some kids were happy to be in the mayor’s office or hang out with the police or fire chief, I was thrilled to go to the township engineer’s office. There, I got to see and hear firsthand what they had to deal with, both good and bad.
To this day, I still have an appreciation of the challenges of that position. Think about the impact knowing about what others do and have to deal with can have on your own organization.
Joel Levitt has trained more than 6,000 maintenance leaders from more than 3,000 organizations. Since 1980, he has been the president of Springfield Resources, a management consulting firm that services a variety of clients on a wide range of maintenance issues. www.maintenancetraining.com.