Ever find yourself going too long without cleaning the toilet? Life gets busy (we all know that) and we find ourselves "going," on the toilet, but we don't quite clean the bowl or outside as often as we should—especially with the germs that infest the area. But why? Why don't we clean it though we completely understand that germs are present and that it should be cleaned often regardless?
Think about your organization. Look at specific teams you find are having conflicts. Look at sales, retention, training, business dev, IT, etc. Are you too busy "going" (or focusing on other parts of the organization) that you forget germs spread and can be dirtying your entire business?
The top of the toilet
This is the easiest place to notice dust, dirt, or whatever more disgusting stuff may be on top. At the top of your organization, you are hopefully aware and recognize where you are lacking and when you need to clean up your act. You can walk into the bathroom (office) and see from first glance that you have some things you need to address immediately—could be a stench and need some quick spraying. Sometimes it's managers telling you about circumstances their teams are facing, perhaps it's financial, it could just be an matter of poor leadership, or maybe you recognize you have leaders in the wrong places.
The inside of the toilet
If you aren't paying attention to the inside of your toilet, then you have some changing to do. It's easy to open the lid, look briefly—like within a literal second—and move along. But, that's where most of the germs live. You need to open the lid, look around all the crevices, and deep clean.
Are you noticing that your retention rate is high?
Are your employees disconnected from the company's mission or goals?
Do you notice a need to improve customer service?
Maybe it's a simple matter of helping management or executives become more emotionally intelligent?
Take a looksy and find out if you need to use some strong cleaner (speakers, trainings, workshops, etc.), maybe use a powerful scrubber or brush (become more emotionally intelligent, increase awareness, etc.), or maybe you need to just do a quick wipe (review your mission statement, connect better with those who work for you, or have a company gathering).
The outside of the bowl and the floor
This is the hardest place to notice whether it's dirty or not. It's low to the ground, we don't really look behind or underneath, and that takes added effort and getting on our knees to deep clean.