“Removing Roadblocks on Your Path to Success”
This month: Systems Are Crucial To Any Operation
We often advise our clients to create systems to run almost any aspect of their operation. Systemization eliminates dependence on specific individuals and promotes standards of measurement against which you can gauge business performance.
Over the past few weeks we have been reviewing system strategies and how to implement them to suit any business need. We take our lead on systems design from Entrepreneurial-Myth International or e-Myth, which provides business tools and coaching.
First, determine which systems are really crucial to your operation, such as billing, shipping, and payroll. Then build a process around each operation to achieve a desired outcome. We recommend a three-step approach: innovate, quantify, and orchestrate. Refine the systems to assure they deliver the desired result.
The next step is to design the business systems. We suggest a nine-step approach that not only helps define the system, but maps the steps needed to achieve the preferred result, assign responsibility, and test and refine the system.
No matter what aspect of your business is critical to success, you can build a system around it to give you control over the outcome, metrics to improve performance, and the tools to refine your operations for even greater achievement. Systems are part of an ongoing discussion we have with our clients; you will see more about systems in future writings.
On another note, if you missed last month’s Marin Business Forum event, John Younger, CEO of Accolo, gave a terrific presentation on how to “Turn Your Company into a Hiring Machine.” We posted a synopsis of his presentation and a video is posted on the Marin Business Forum web site. If this is one of your pain points take a look for valuable tips on hiring the right fit.
March 2011 Newsletter
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