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Focusing on what you are best at and dropping things that don't create value for you can be very value-creating.
4. What wastes our time?
It's a simple question, but with an easy answer. What value is created when I spend time on this activity? If your challenge is to make £100 an hour profit for your organisation, is what you are spending your time on doing just that? What things do you and your people do, which does not?
Try stopping doing things, some of which you may have done for months and years, when little or no value is created and switch to more things that do. Stop some things and start others - simple as that.
5. What do we need to change?
Constantly reviewing where you are in your business and making small course adjustments, like autopilot of a jumbo jet, will maximise your performance. But whilst leading cultural shift can develop autopilot-mode, first steps are for managers to spot-check all they do manually. Doing this will encourage your people to start to do it themselves. Remember, best time to review, review, review, is when you are successful.
And then be very challenging and honest about yourselves.
Build it in, make small but significant changes regularly, once you have evidence of drifting off course. That makes for a consistently healthy & growing organisation and reduces need for cataclysmic change.
Are you up for this refreshing challenge?
What better way to start your new focus on your business, organisation or team?
© 2005 Martin Haworth is a Business and Management Coach. He works worldwide, mainly by phone, with small business owners, managers and corporate leaders. He has hundreds of hints, tips and ideas at his website, www.coaching-businesses-to-success.com. (Note to editors. Feel free to use this article, wherever you think it might be of value - with a live link if you can).