Last Updated Dec 7, 2009 1:12 PM EST
What's new about that? These aren't typical open-door sessions, where anyone in your department or even in the company is invited to come have a sit-down with the Big Cheese. 37signals CEO Jason Fried, for example, encourages customers to call him with ideas, complaints, or to seek advice. A venture capitalist encourages entrepreneurs to drop by and hone their financing pitch.
Why not carve out an hour or two a week, tell your colleagues and customers that you have cleared your schedule, that you'll be sitting in your office, and that you hope to hear what they're worried about, excited about, or confused about.Read his full post on Harvard Business Publishing, "Should You Hold "Office Hours"?
Office Hours for Everyone!
Here's an idea. Forget the Big Cheeses. What if everyone in your company was required to hold office hours a few times a year? The only prohibition: No one from the same department is allowed book time. This would be your ideal time for productive silo-hopping to pick the brains of the CTO, or to find out what a quality assurance job is really like.
Who would come see you during your office hours?