If you stick with the same pattern, you’ll never see different results. Do you agree?
The same can be said for businesses striving for a better share of the market and increased profits. If you want to obtain better results, you need to do something differently. You need to think outside of the box and encourage your employees to start collaborating on new ideas around the boardroom furniture.
Business success requires a range of different elements to fall into place at exactly the right time. It sounds complicated, but it’s actually an organic procedure that tends to happen on its own, as long as you’re focusing your efforts on the right things.
Far too many businesses just tick along and don’t take the time to review what they’re doing. With that in mind, do you think that periodic business reviews are a good idea?
They can’t do any harm, that’s for sure!
A business review basically means you sit down quarterly or maybe every six months, and you look at how your business is doing. You compare your figures to the last review and see if things have reduced or increased. If they’ve increased - fantastic, keep on ticking along! But, if you feel like they’ve reduced, you can then start to identify why that is. Are your competitors doing something wildly different and innovative and they’re slowly biting away at your market share? If that’s the case, start to come up with your own innovative ideas and change things a little.
If you don’t have regular reviews, you don’t have the information to hand to know what’s working versus what it isn’t. It’s a learning exercise but it’s one that can give you a major edge in the market. It’s very easy to become comfortable and just carry on doing what you’re doing because you know it and it’s simple to you. But, nothing good ever came from a comfort zone. Dare to go a little further and think outside of the box. Use your business reviews as the starting point for change.
If productivity levels have dropped, try and work out why. Make changes to improve things. Ask your employees what they think and involve them in the process. Don’t just expect them to sit at their office desks all day long and get on with their work - let them put forth their ideas. You never know, that idea could be the difference between a hugely successful project and simply ticking along, never really doing any better than you are now.