When managers receive effective reports, you can see the satisfaction on their faces. On the first page they have a concise summary of the whole report: the purpose, the methodology, the major facts, the conclusions these facts lead to, and the action recommended: all this one page.
Of course, they will read the full report according to their leisure, necessity and in interest: but within two minutes they have the heart of the report because of the one page summary.
An effective report has seven parts in the following order:
|Introduction||Summary of Steps 1-5 right on top|
|Methodology||Credential, manner of collecting data|
|Body||Facts unearthed or documented|
|Conclusion||Meaning of those facts|
|Recommendations||Alternatives and action recommended|
|Appendix||Tables, less relevant information|
If you want to put life into you organization, then submit effective reports and don’t forget the one-page summary on top.