This week my mind has been juiced up on systems and frameworks, specifically around business.
Honestly I have never been one to operate by them.
I like to set a target,
Build a high level plan of attack and let the pieces fall in place..
It has worked.
For most vision-driven entrepreneurs, these are the reasons why they have been able to create,
Until it becomes the reason that they destroy.
When you are running and operating businesses,
With other business partners,
This doesn’t create cohesion.
It breeds stress, frustration and undermines business objectives.
Without systems in place, you breed chaos and disorder.
It is entropic, meaning it decays over time.
You are a founder, entrepreneur or business owner (if not already).
You have very few systems in place because you are a “fly by the seat of your pants” type of person.
You are scaling your business and team.
The team rely on your lead,
Which means the team relies on your clarity, direction and certainty.
You are highly creative and are constantly coming up with ideas.
Your ideas inspire you, so you share them with the team.
Your team becomes inspired but they feel like the goal posts are always shifting.
They feel confused,
So they are erratic.
They are emotional.
The previous idea that you had and implemented hasn’t even had time to gather the data to prove it effective or not.
The team feel like they can’t win.
You get frustrated because the team are “under-performing”,
The team feel frustrated because you aren’t providing them with the support they need.
Then you come up with another creative idea to solve the problem,
Cue – Repeat the pattern until you either breakthrough or breakdown.
Now, you may be asking “how would systems help to manage this?”
They are the navigation system for human energy.
They guide people’s energy, attention and focus to move towards a business’ desired outcomes (and other outcomes in life too, but that’s for another time).
They create boundaries for actions
And a channel of focus for emotions to be used in. Discipline…
This creates a buffer of accountability,
Between the employees and the entrepreneur.
And that buffer of accountability creates the space between the entrepreneurs’ emotional volatility, creative energies and the team.
This then creates an emotionally safe space for them to operate in,
To be productive in,
And to produce in.
To make mistakes in…
And to grow in.
And when you do this you stabilise the operations of the business.
Allowing for the founders’ creativity to be focused on the high level growth of the business. Not flipping from one tactic to the next strategy.
And instead, focused on the information and feedback received about the systems to improve them for growth, rather than changing the entire strategy from one week to the next.
If you are unsure about where to start, here is a great article in Forbes about the 10 systems you need to be creating and why.
And if you are looking for some guidance and help to do so, we have our 3 Steps to Systems section in our Business Growth Membership.
Until next week,
Keep smashing your growth ceilings,
Entrepreneur and Business Owner
Mindset and Business Coach
Demartini Method Facilitator