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Strategic Discipline Blog
Growth companies need to get Four Decision right in order to achieve success. These Four Decisions are People, Strategy, Execution and Cash. Depending on the severity of your challenges in these four decision areas, you will ultimately need to choose one of these four decisions as your One Thing for the year and quarterly priorities. We’ve covered the outcome for getting People and Strategy right in your organization in previous blogs.
If you’re a small to mid-sized business owner you probably have a number of aspirations for your business. To build it so you can spend your time doing what you love most while the business runs consistently and predictably without you. Or it may be to watch it grow to achieve success humming along like a well-oiled machine. The dream of many small business owners was outlined in Michael Gerber’s book The E-Myth Revisited, Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What To Do About It. Ultimately you want to be in a position to invest most of your time working ON the business rather than IN it.
There are a number of components within the inner working of Meetings, Metrics and Priorities to make Strategic Discipline work for your business. When we begin working with clients at Positioning Systems, any implementation of Strategic Discipline includes customer and employee reporting in the weekly and monthly meeting segments. This is critical due to the importance of pattern recognition and the need for balance in your business metrics and priorities.
Having a vantage point over your competitor is always a good thing. In war armies seek the high ground to provide an advantage over their enemy. As we move toward another Fourth of July I’ve been spending some of my free time reviewing books on the greatest battle that occurred on American soil. In the three days leading up to July 4th in 1863 the Federal army occupied the high ground around Gettysburg, turning it into an advantage that defeated General Lee’s confederate armies. The victory eventually led to the reunion of our nation. At Gettysburg the high ground determined the victor.
Are you one of those people who says, “Whenever I hear “discipline,” I tune out—the last thing I want is bureaucracy mucking up my entrepreneurial business.” How will Strategic Discipline improve performance without crushing creativity?