"I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's; I will not reason and compare, my business is to create."
--- William Blake
Having systems in place helps business leaders to efficiently and effectively get things done. A system is simply a way, a technique, a process of accomplishing things. It is a plan of action that you incorporate into your everyday tasks.
As Peter Drucker wrote, "Everything requires time. It is the one truly universal condition. All work takes place in time and uses up time. Yet most people take for granted, this unique, irreplaceable, and necessary resource. Nothing else, perhaps, distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time." Since that is the case, it is imperative that we implement systems to help us to make better use of our time.
"Systems have a greater impact on behavior than mission statements."
--- Andy Stanley
Thomas Edison had a system whereby he would take mini-naps throughout the day to help him to remain fresh and alert while working on his inventions. Tom Watson of IBM use to arrive at his office by 6:00am in order to go through his correspondence for the day so that he could focus the remainder of the day on managing and coaching his leaders.
A system can be as simple as sneaking in a mid-afternoon nap, to as disciplined as exercising from 5:00am to 6:00am, reading industry magazines from 6:15am to 7:00am, answering emails from 7:00am to 8:00am, and so on.
"A good system shortens the road to the goal."
--- Orison Swett Marden
Whatever system you come up with to help streamline your activities and save time and energy is a good system. You want a system that is not too complex and one that you enjoy implementing. You may not get it right the first time, but with practice, a good system in place can make your life so much easier.
"Management works in the system; Leadership works on the system."
--- Stephen Covey
The Franklin system, now known as Franklin Covey, has mastered the idea of systems. It was the Franklin organization system that taught thousands how to maximize time and energy by organizing thoughts and ideas in one central location, the Franklin Organizer. One of the concepts from that program is that instead of using sticky notes scattered throughout your desk and office, use one book containing all of your plans, thoughts, and ideas so that everything is in one central location.
If you are not using systems now, perhaps your first system would be to stop redundant movements in order to accomplish a task. Maybe you can use a system like Franklin or create your own that allows you to clean up the clutter on your desk, in your office, and in your mind.
"Successful people are successful because they form the habits of doing those things that failures don't like to do."
--- Albert Gray
In order for systems to work, they must become a part of your life. Just like losing weight, a good eating plan used for the rest of your life is better and healthier than a four-week diet. Systems must become routine in order to work. Try a system this week and fine-tune it as you go. You'll be surprised what ideas you can brainstorm that will save you time and money.
Business 2.0: New Rules, Difficult Conversations, 'Market Blur' and Digital Darwinism
By Chris Bernat
There are enormous shifts in sales tactics, channel strategies and direct sales models. These changes will reset how our industry looks. Quality, history and reliability will be all the rage in the new market. Accountability will be a critical feature on every smart buyer's list.
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Successful & Stunning Vehicle Wraps: What You Need to Know, Part I
By David King
When I attend a show and see a row of vehicles lined up for a contest about how fast someone can wrap a vehicle, I have to wonder how true this is compared to what the average company goes through to create a vehicle wrap.
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