Gorby has worked in some management positions and is now an management advisor for a > 20.000 employee corporation.
Once in the five years we have reorganizations, integrations and restructures.
One of the used strategy's is to ask the people the following question:
"If you had to reduce 50% of your work, what priority's would you choose?"
So, we ask our employee feedback for a 50% reduce of their work. And implement a reduce of 30%.
The employee is happy that we are so stupid to implement 30% and we are happy the employee is so stupid to give "cart blanche", an insight in his real work.
Management would not be management if they fight with their follow managers to implement the biggest reduce rate.
And the advisor is the "laughing third" seeing the managers running on the floor.
That's what happens now at the Bethel's worldwide. On the different levels the organizational people are searching to get the biggest reduce rate.
That's the strategy behind "Asking to reduce the staff".
In the Netherlands it's called the McKinsey method.