Its that time of the year when businesses slow down and or stop. This period is often used as a time to reflect on the year that was. One way to analyse your year is to sort out what went wrong. This is often the main amd often only focal point when looking back. This is a good way of analysis but it should never be the only or main way. This is mainly because it tends to become negative. It needs to have a positive outlook.
“Don’t give me problems, give me solutions!”. This is often said or shouted but really how is this possible?
1. Find the problems. Rank the issues to be improved or changed. This can be done in various ways. Return on investment is the top choice. Take the top ranked issue and focus on how to change it.
2. During this process be sure to write this information down. It is critical to communicate what is being changed with the relevant people. This is then filtered down to processes to make it happen.
3. Make sure that the change is realistic and even possible. This is of paramount importance. The employees who will conducting the process have to be consulted. Many decisions are made at “top level” that are either impractical or even impossible to achieve.
4. Don’t change everything at once. A trip of 1000 miles begins with a single step. One step or change at a time. They don’t have to be big to make a difference. Put a ship off course by only 1 degree and it will get lost!
There may be many changes that you would like to make but one good change can better than 6 mediocre changes. Just because you have a good change in place, doea not mean you cannot adjust it! Refine and perfect it. It may be that it was not a great decision and has to be rethought? Nothing is set in stone and there is no right or wrong answer.