Part of my role as a business consultant is to review operational processes and cut or modify unnecessary steps that consume time and therefore dollars, but don’t add value. I’ve worked on countless projects where I’ve asked an employee why they perform certain steps in a process and received the response “That’s the way I was trained when I started”.
If you can find an employee who takes initiative, questions the validity of what they’re doing and strives to improve their daily activity in order to feel good about the work they produce, you’ve found a superstar.
Sadly, many people at some point have tried to create change, but found themselves beaten down by a bureaucratic corporate culture or a boss that couldn’t afford the time to listen and “sign off” on proposed changes.
Do you remember those days?
Is that part of the reason you became an entrepreneur, so you can think for yourself and enjoy your work? To feel like you’re producing something of value?
And yet, being an entrepreneur brings a bigger challenge. The responsibility and accountability for not just the work you produce for clients, but the way in which you conduct yourself every day and how you spend your time.
Are you busy doing a lot of things but not really getting anywhere?
The problem is, unlike the employee performing valueless steps, no one trained you to do that when you started your business. You didn’t inherit a system that (albeit includes a few useless steps) produces results overall.
No, you started from scratch and created your own systems and methods for getting things done.
So, my question to you on this rainy Sunday is, are you producing results in the most efficient way possible? Are you going about your business like a pro or an amateur?
Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts, I’d love to hear from you.
Wishing you every success in business & life.