Last week I attended a management presentation geared toward small business. It lasted more than 45 minutes. The topic is irrelevant. The presenter shared several acronyms and initialisms verbatim from a Prezi. Don’t get me wrong, most of the content had merit, it’s just that as presented, it would be difficult to use in a small business. Much of it was too complicated and would take too much time to implement. It didn’t move at the speed of business.
Do you Move at the Speed of Business?
Does your organization run on all cylinders or is it sputtering due to clogged fuel lines and spark plugs that don’t spark? It may be time to take a hard look at your company and ask the following:
- How can my business move faster?
- What procedures are outdated?
- How do systems interfere with getting the job done?
- What acronyms do we follow that could be abbreviated?
- Are some policies non-essential?
What Slows your Business Down?
The day after the presentation I met with a small business to introduce team building and leadership development. I began with one department. After introducing myself and explaining my purpose, I met one-on-one with each member of the departmental team.
I asked each how their job could be improved, what tools and training would make them more efficient, and how to improve the company. Each offered insights on how to make their department more efficient—how to move faster.
Your Team has the Answers
Do you know what slows your team down, what systems, tasks, and processes hinder their work? Have you asked them?
Is it Time to Streamline?
In today’s business climate change happens fast. Cumbersome plans that may have been effective twenty years ago may not work at the new speed of business. Systems that worked in the 19th and 20th centuries may not be as effective in the 21st century. Think about it, how many of the principles of business, which continue to be followed today, originated before the internet? That doesn’t mean every pre-connected-world business leadership principal is invalid, not at all. What it should be is a caution to small businesses to analyze their processes. Does your business move at the speed of change?