Every company I talk to agrees that they have don’t have every manager and employee focused on business improvement in their business.
If you have 100 people in your company how many do you think would be actively engaged in identifying and solving issues/problems or coming up with more general ideas to improve the business? I will guarantee that it is a very small number. At worst, not even the main board of executive managers will see it as a fundamental part of their role!
Businesses today have got to realise that 100 brains are better than 10. If you foster a culture where everyone is engaged in improving the business it can be the magic ingredient in ensuring that your organisation survives and thrives.
Now I have been a consultant, coach and trainer in business improvement for over 20 years. I know that when I first speak to senior managers they will say “of course we encourage everyone to help improve the business”. But ask for specific examples and things begin to unravel. Their answers get much more woolly and generic. In reality most senior managers will find it almost impossible to identify how many of their people are actively engaged in improving the business.
Business improvement should be part of every person’s role in all organisations. It doesn’t matter if you work on a shop floor or in a board room your job is to improve the business that you work for. You should be suggesting ways to do things quicker or easier. You should be suggesting new ideas for products and services.
You live with the business every day. Who else is more ideally placed to know how best to improve it? The more senior you become in an organisation the more important it becomes to put the emphasis of your role on business improvement. Ultimately, for the person at the top business improvement should be all they do.
At 100%Effective we believe that if any manager can’t point to a number of ways that they have personally improved the organisation they work for then they do not deserve to keep their job.
We need to make business improvement a key requirement for everyone. We need to make sure people realise that without a genuine focus on business improvement their organisations’ are very unlikely to survive. They will certainly never thrive.
During the past 20 years I have talked to thousands of people from organisations of all shapes and sizes. Virtually every one of them has had ideas about how to improve the business they were working in. Hardly anyone has been implementing solutions. Why not? Why were they not storming their manager’s office to demand that their ideas are listened to?
There is only one answer. Companies must ensure that they foster a culture where every person in their organisation is encouraged to identify problems, solve them and come up with ideas to develop.
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