A business is more than what it does

Note: This posting is based on my weekly “Thank God It’s Monday” which is offered to help companies thrive!

This week’s focus: business execution

In the business world, “growing pains” describes inefficiencies that creep into a business over time until such a point when the cumulative effects are quite debilitating.

During the past 4 years, many businesses have downsized and, due to revenue declines and limited budgets, needed action to optimize their systems and processes around new, lower revenue levels and lower staffing levels has been deferred.

These companies are doing more with fewer resources with great pain, pretty much driving those who remain at the company nuts. The employees are chronically overtaxed, highly stressed and waiting to flee the company in search of a new opportunity just as soon as they can.

A business is more than what it does. For a business to be “in business,” it must have systems and processes that eliminate people dependencies and allow new people to join the organization and make a positive impact in short order. This allows for greater agility and speed. It allows for growth or contraction.

Does a business have to be brought to its knees from a business execution standpoint before action can be taken? Absolutely not. My best clients proactively engage with me to look at these issues.

[Note: Read the entire blog post here.]

Thought for the week:

“Consumers choose when, where, how and if they engage with brands.” – Karen Quintos, Dell CMO

What do you think? I welcome your blog comments!


Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting


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