Pave New Roads
Unless you are in the food business, there is no special sauce that guarantees your company will be a success. Although, there are very fundamental principles that you can enact to ensure you are best prepared for whatever roadblocks you may encounter.
Identify your target market, target industry, or key operational goals that will be the driving force behind this process. Be very specific about where you expect to end up and identify very specific milestones along the way to track progress.
Develop key performance indicators that will allow you to track progress against established goals. Not everything can be a priority, so you must establish what your main priorities are and rank them in order. You may have multiple priorities depending on your business or team structure. Just make sure priorities are assigned to different stakeholders so that it all doesn’t fall on one person or small group of people.
A website, social media page, or operational goal is not enough to reach the pinnacle of success. You must have a well thought out plan of action that includes extremely detailed goals and milestones, accounts for all potential pitfalls, and provides the infrastructure necessary to achieve the milestones set forth.
Wishing upon a star works for some, but grabbing opportunities and wrestling them to the ground will lead to greater success. Develop a plan of action that aligns all members of your team with tasks assigned to each, and work to ensure that all members achieve their deadlines efficiently and on time. There are no excuses with this step.
With aligned goals for success, implement your plan of action exactly as planned and watch for any issues throughout the process. If you encounter anything out of the ordinary, identify why and correct the situation; don’t leave anything to chance. Your action plan should be specific enough that if anybody was dropped into a new role, they would know exactly what they are to do.
Hold daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly meetings to ensure that all milestones have been met. Any missed milestones will be detrimental to your long-term established goals, so work with your teams to complete each assigned task…on time.
Goals that are easily achieved were not set high enough. If you find yourself reaching your set goals across the board, but you see no real impact in the business, increase the goals and make them tougher. This is where the real change will take place.
Utilize Outside Resources:
Success doesn’t come overnight; in fact, numbers will show that success may take 15 years or more to achieve. The key is to identify and correct issues before it is too late. The top 100 companies in the world constantly review their internal practices and look for ways to further integrate their companies into mainstream lines of work. They look for key differentiators and make strategic efforts to strike at the right time.
They also know when to ask for help; they are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that everything has been thought of, accounted for, and thoroughly reviewed. This key step prevents pitfalls experienced by those who have failed and, oftentimes, the outside resources you encounter may have already been through the same issues and know how to prevent them.
Your business, or your role in that business, needs to run efficiently to achieve optimum success. Smooth operations are the engine that makes the machine run, and your team is the oil that ensures things don’t break down.
As with all machines though, they require a tune up. Take advantage of experts outside your normal scope of business They might have the missing link that prevents you from becoming a statistic.