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Posted by: Super Careero
The superhero has a lot on her plate. There’s the secret identity, the day job, the relationship with the coffee shop barista – not to mention saving the world. She needs to manage all of those elements perfectly if she’s going to be both successful and happy. As an entrepreneur, there are many specific aspects to your business that need your attention every day. There are tasks, both grand and mundane, that you have to devote time to doing. If you’re going to be as effective as possible, you need to find ways to systematize some of those business processes. Systems thinking is critical to the business superhero.
What are systems?
Systems are simply a method you use to organize your business. They structure the activities in your business in such a way that related tasks are connected in terms of their processes, and that each step in a given process flows naturally into the next.
Systems outline the specific steps that need to be taken at any given point in order for your business to hum right along. They organize tasks, minimize inefficiencies, and offer a standardized way for your business to work.
How systems work
Systems can be automated or they can be manual. Once a system is put in place, each component does its task in accordance with the established guidelines. The assembly line is one example of a system, and that system results in consistent products produced as efficiently as possible.
Superheroes utilize systems in order to be more effective at what they do. A simple example is the Fire Department Chief who has a hotline to WaterMan, and contacts him whenever there’s a fire that the department can’t handle quickly enough.
Systems still need attention
Just because you create an effective system for your business doesn’t mean you just cut it loose and let it go. Systems need maintenance. More than that, however, they need periodic improvements. You need to be able to adjust the systems you have in place based on new business data. Today’s system might create tremendous efficiencies, but in five years it could be the weakest model out there.