New Does Not Always Mean Better
As a business owner, it’s highly likely that you’re the type of person who decides to solve problems, instead of accepting them. After all, most entrepreneur’s set-up a business in the first place for this very reason.
BUT innovation – like Leadership – may not come naturally to you…
And chances are, you get so distracted by seeking out that next innovation – that next “BIG THING”- that you get side-tracked from your end goal.
Now, I’m not discouraging innovation…
I’m saying that innovation doesn’t need to be “Elon Musk World-Changing”.
Where your business is right now, may mean you’re limited by size, and you’re getting bogged down in the menial day-to-day operational tasks of running your business rather than working ON your business.
(Feels like having an underpaid, full-time job?)
What I’ve found is that most people cannot accept that simple works. We live in a world dominated by innovation and inspired thinking, but often what is already there works better.
To help you with this:
1). Listen to the people that are already doing the job …
2). If it works then measure it, improve it, and learn from it …
3). If a better way appears or a stand-out performer – then bring everything else in line with that then measure it, improve it and learn from it
There will always be new, but new does not always mean better.
I can guarantee there are lots of processes in your business right now that are disjointed, stuck in your head, inefficient or are broken somewhere along the line but you’re just not sure where.
Imagine solving those rather than accepting that’s the way things are done around here?
Or excusing it because you don’t want to let go, or you’ve let go too soon?
Imagine how fixing this, innovating what’s already there into something better, can save you money and time, and release you to focus on the bigger picture…
Investor | Business Mentor at Advocate | Author of I don’t work Fridays
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