If you’re going to build your business – and be all you can be – you must constantly look at how to change not only because your competition is but because that is the key to growth. How do we build a culture of improvement?
#1. We need an organization that’s willing to change. This is critical. Too many businesses get by in their old systems and processes and the way they’ve always done things. If you have a lot of employees saying, “We can’t change because that’s the ways we’ve always done it,” then you’ve built the wrong culture. Your employees need to understand there will be constant change and adjustment, and that is the priority.
#2. We need to keep a relentless eye on improvement. We need to understand weaknesses. We need to understand what needs to change. We need to be seeking feedback from others so that we know where to put our time and attention.
#3. We need to stop and think strategically. All too often we’re looking for incremental improvements, which can be great. If we see a process or something going on in our business that needs to be changed, we need to make the change. There’s bigger stuff out there. The markets are changing, demands are changing, technology is changing. What are we doing to look toward these changes and opportunities to make certain we are on top of them before they become something that’s critical to us?
How often are you reviewing with your teams? Don’t simply look at where you are today but where you’re going to be in a year, in three years and, more importantly, 10 years. The entire team should understand the vision, goal, and direction, and be working to accomplish the mission as soon as possible.
Improvement requires a lot of hard work. Many companies fail to make the necessary improvements to grow and stay in business. But we can be different. The key is to embrace a culture of improvement and constant change. We need to be on top of these issues before they become too big for us.
What are you doing to make your culture focus on improvement and change? How are you making sure that great things will happen your organization’s future? Join us in the comments below and let us know about your experiences.
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