Welcome to the third quarter and the second half of 2023!
The core Ellivate principle we’re focusing on this quarter is Harmonious Systems:
You should run your business (not the other way around!). Explore where you can simplify and outsource your processes, so you can spend more time in your zone of genius and run the business with more ease and grace.
What does a harmonious system look like?
A harmonious system is balanced, working with cooperation and coordination between its components. This can include a structure of activities, processes, or relationships that work together in a productive and peaceful way. The components should be connected in a meaningful way, and each part should be in balance with the whole. Simply put, a harmonious system gets important things done in an efficient, effective way, bringing you a sense of ease.
This sounds great, doesn’t it? Yet, I bet most of us haven’t quite achieved this state of perfect harmony yet. Perhaps a more helpful question is: How do you know when your system is not in harmony?
If a system is not in harmony, you will feel some discord, disorganization, and inefficiency. The components are not working together or communicating amongst one another well, and the system objectives are not being met. Simply put, you’re not achieving the results you want, and you’re probably feeling drained of energy and resentful about the time and energy you’re spending within that system.
The following are indicators of a system that is not in harmony:
- The system is lacking a clear purpose or objectives.
- Workflows are outdated or inefficient.
- Procedures are inconsistent or hard to follow.
- There are no metrics to evaluate whether or not the system is achieving its objectives.
- It is difficult to make changes within the system, with little to no room to innovate or improve the system.
- There are poor communication channels and a lack of transparency.
- There is no opportunity to gather and review feedback.
If any of this sounds familiar to you, this means there’s an opportunity to achieve more harmony in your systems!
What’s one small step you will take today to achieve more harmony in your business systems?
- Identifying the critical processes in your business
- Documenting one process from start to finish
- Reviewing a process to identify its weak points
- Exploring a new technology
- Speaking with an expert to whom you could outsource a process
Whatever you choose to do today, remember this: Big change happens through small, consistent steps. You’ve got this.