Over the years, my work and professional growth has afforded me the opportunity to collaborate with some really amazing people! Together we’ve pulled off many remarkable accomplishments. Yes, of course there were a few “agonies of defeat” along the way, but all these lessons have taught me a few things about business productivity, and, how to push through and get the job done right. It takes “committed action” for a business leader to keep a team motivated and focused.
With that in mind, I wanted to share my 3 quick, yet key strategies to increasing business productivity. Why not mix them into your management style? Why not comment on which is your favorite, or, if you have another step to add?
1. Choose your internal team wisely:
“You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
This quote, made famous by motivational speaker Jim Rohn, could serve as the basis of building your team. In challenging times, it’s best to start with the basics. For me, this philosophy suggests that creating a winning team starts with those who are playing at the highest levels. Let’s face it; we spend a lot of time with the people we work with, so why not spend the time with those who raise our game? This step alone can make you even more productive. The main point is to surround yourself with “Achievers.”
2. Stay on Task:
“Beware of paralysis by analysis.”
Now that your core team is in place (and hopefully your vision is clear and understood by all) it’s time to get to work! I will say it again, “Beware of paralysis by analysis!” Inaction may be the biggest killer of all in any business. Stop analyzing and “finish off the task.” Once the job is done, you will have more time.
Remember, don’t get sucked into spending time, money and effort on tasks that don’t really matter; ask yourself if you are truly spending your time wisely? Or, maybe you are obsessing on getting a perfect result from a particular pursuit? If you’re looking to turn things up a notch you can look for ways to better serve your customers instead, or get the next marketing campaign rolling. Maybe work on setting some goals with timetables. The point is, stay on schedule and get tasks done efficiently.
3. Bring in the Best:
“Do what you do best and hire out the rest.”
The quickest way to build your working staff is through working with established experts. Most successful businesses make a point of concentrating on their own core expertise, then hiring out to experts to do the rest.
As an organization, your core expertise is in providing your product or service better and different than anyone else can. With that in mind, why not have outside experts to focus on marketing, IT services, logistics and any other support functions that draw your team away from carrying out your key function? I have learned that these types of people do it better, faster and cheaper because they love what they do and they’re better at their core expertise than I am.
In closing, these 3 steps are my go to formula for building a productive company and a strategy that can “restart the engines” and reach new heights. It’s about re-focusing on the reason you went into business in the first place, and setting your priorities accordingly.