I absolutely love this story and its message for many reasons.
For the purposes of this post, though I want to focus on how Mary took what was a detailed and comprehensive dress code policy, from 10 pages to just 2 words.
I love the senior director challenge and the simple common sense applied that leads to a great outcome for all.
From now on, I think I will simply follow the same advice...dress appropriately.
Now I appreciate a dress code isn't regulated and legal - but there is a lesson here insurance firms. Pages and pages of convoluted wordings are sent to customers. Just last week, I was talking to a friend who has his own business and was being asked about insurance. Just like many other policy holders, he hadn't read his T&C's, and in their current form, who could blame him?
It's time for simplicity and common sense to take centre stage.
As chief executive at General Motors, Barra practices what she preaches. Her management philosophy is epitomized by GM’s workplace dress code—which is equally brief, and also an antidote to the restrictive, wallet-draining policies at many large corporations. It reads, in full: “Dress appropriately.