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Wackiest idea for reducing expense

What was the wackiest, but viable expense reduction your company implemented?

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Dana Price
Title: Vice President, M&A
Company: McGraw Hill Education
(Vice President, M&A, McGraw Hill Education) |

I tried to fire myself once. It didn't work.
On an acquisition we completed, the in-house doctor got the boot (we were not a manufacturing or labor intensive business).

Michael Jameson
Title: VP Finance
Company: Undisclosed
(VP Finance, Undisclosed) |

We bought a German company (many moons ago) and killed all of the company cars. Great way to start a riot. I'd think a lot harder about that one next time knowing what I know now.

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Linda Wright
Title: Consultant
Company: Wright Consulting
(Consultant, Wright Consulting) |

Cars can be an emotional issue. At my last corporate role, I handled all the sourcing. We changed out our fleet to a lower cost model--not popular with the field claims adjusters.

Len Green
Title: Performance Improvement Consultant and E..
Company: Haygarth Consulting LLC
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(Performance Improvement Consultant and ERP Strategist, Haygarth Consulting LLC) |

Back in the day (in South Africa), my audit client (a local subsidiary of a UK enterprise) was forced to take away a V8 station wagon from their top sales rep (he hauled product samples) because the local CEO drove "only" a V6 luxury car. The fact that the sales rep clocked up 1000's of miles a month doing business compared to the local commute of the CEO was lost on the "suits in London." V8 vs V6 was just not acceptable:)

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