As a business owner do you think of your business as an organisation or simply somewhere where you go to work each day?
Is your business simply a means to an end to provide your family with the resources to live and have fun or are you really trying to build something that is bigger than yourself?
If you have never thought about building something then you probably are a little confused by the term organisational performance because you may not be able to get your head around that thought.
Is it possible to think about your business as a complete entity rather than lots of people, processes and head aches!
So let’s stand apart from your business for a moment and try and look at it from the outside.
What do you see?
If you’ve worked in your business for a significant time then it may be difficult to get outside it and look in from that new context.
Can you imagine the business as an organism?
An complete entity that does things rather than a bunch of people and machines trying to make product or deliver services.
If your business was an organism made up of many parts what would you do to make it go better?
What would you feed this organism so that it was better sustained?
Maybe you need to make some changes to that organism. Perhaps it’s been on the wrong diet and it needs to lose some weight and get fit?
How are you going to do that?
Is this organism able to get rid of the waste material it produces from operating?
Is there so much waste caught up in this business that it has no hope of being efficient while trying to get through the mess created from the past.
While some if this might sound a little airy fairy to you it is critical to think like this if you’re every going to manage the organisational performance of your business. As the business owner you are responsible for the business as a whole not just all the aspects of it but also how they all work together.
Think about it for a minute. If you don’t think about the organisation as a whole who is going to do that?
The employees won’t because they only have their job to do.
The suppliers won’t because they only think about getting you the purchases your require.
The customers won’t because they only think about the goods or services they buy off you.
The government won’t and the tax department only cares about how much tax you should be paying.
So in the end it is up to you as the business owner to think about the WHOLE business and how it ALL fits together.
The coordination of all the parts of your business is up to you… The business owner … and only you have the context and perspective to do this and ensure that the whole business is heading in the right direction.
The business bonanza is where you can make the whole greater than the sum of the parts by ensuring that all things are working together.
Getting the most out of your business is about this coordination of employees, suppliers and customers in a single organism that works incredibly well as a single unit.
What are your thoughts on this?
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