It’s an excellent question.
If you have software such as “Greko”, you also take over the leadership philosophy that this tool brings.
Maybe I should tell you when I encorporated such philosophy to my life: “When I was a leader in a family business, we had monthly meetings for comparison of planned/actual data.
Since the budget planning was based on a monthly performance of 160 hours – and I worked twice as many hours – there was always a “negative” deviation in euros in my area. I was very ambitious and took on projects that would not have had a chance to cope in normal working hours. Actually, the comparison of planned/actual data was just a collection of cost types, not a real activity costing.
As was customary in many companies, “only” allocations were distributed to the respective cost centers. This means that there was no meaningful information about fair costs to benefits! (I had done more than my colleague and therefore I stood there as a budget overdraft!)
In the course of further education, I worked as a commercial manager and I came across “Greko”. From that time on, I had an instrument that brought the costs and benefits in a relationship and so, logically, more cost could be caused by more power. With that, I had found the “fair” instrument that actually represents the performance that was provided. The most important question for me: “Not where the costs came from, but what actions brought them” finally brings life into the organization.
This question increases communication and brings executives and employees together to the table. Thus, each employee sees where their services arise (cost center / reference / sub-process) and where they are charged (for example, cost unit costing). At the end of the day, we have information for corporate management in a broader sense.
The beauty of the Greko philosophy is that, like bowling, employees can see the results of their accomplishments in an honest, fair way. Of course this creates the urge for improvement. We, as the managers, share an obligation to lead our employees to achieve their goals. The prerequisite is a clearly formulated strategic goal.