Commit to These 3 Steps to Achieve Less Chaos

Business Owner Strategy

As a business owner, you understand commitment. You give up your weekends when there’s work left at the end of the day. Your weekends suffer because of that emergency that can’t wait until Monday. Your sweat is what keeps the company moving along. But are you committed to creating a business that truly supports your life?  In order to run your business instead of allowing it to run you, your commitment has to be more than a dedication to champion any obstacle that comes your way.
 
A business can only support your life when it relies on healthy systems, not on you.  You need to have a vision for your company, and then put systems in place to achieve that vision.
 
You have to be committed to this process – it's the process of being a business owner.
 
3 Steps to Less Chaos
In order to create systems that support your life and reduce business chaos, you need to strategically plan how to create the systems in the first place.  Systematizing your business is a relatively straight forward process that involves 3 basic steps:
 
1.     Make a list of the systems you need in your business.
2.     Prioritize the systems that have the greatest impact or importance.
3.     Start documenting how things should be done.
 
The hardest part of the process is knowing where to start.  It can seem overwhelming.  We have found it is helpful to start with a model to base your systems development on.
 
Use a Model for Systems Development
The model for systems development we use at is called The 7 Centers of Management Attention.  The 7 Centers are Leadership, Money, Marketing, Management, Client Fulfillment, Lead Generation, and Lead Conversion.  This model applies to any business in any industry in any part of the world.  We suggest that you determine the level of importance by highlighting first the systems that would have the greatest impact on your customers and your internal business operations.
A surprise bonus of the process of clarifying the big-picture for yourself and your people is that the team starts to take more ownership of their job duties, perform better, and achieve much better results!
Another option is to start by creating a list of systems to develop based on the various departments in your business, such as Finance, Operations, Admin, etc.  You can then go on to determine who can help you with your systems development, and how your systems might need to change over time in order to stay relevant.  However you approach your systems development strategy, remember that all of the little systems that make up your business need to serve the overall vision you have.
 
Documentation Drives Innovation
Committing yourself to systematizing your business and developing a systems strategy is important not only because it helps you document how to do things in your business, but also because it helps you discover opportunities to make things better!  When you look at the inner-workings of your company from 10,000 feet, you can create and re-work your business systems to truly support your life and reduce business chaos. 
Systemizing your business might just be the most productive resolution you can make.
 
Adapted from The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber. Resubmitted by Tom Garrity.

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