Do you have a job or own a business? If your business depends on you, you don't own a business - you have a job. This is the first barrier to tapping into the new resources being made available to organizations across the globe. Without a systematic method of serving clients and conducting business, you cannot leverage your company using the tools of the business revolution.
While attending a recent conference in San Francisco, I noticed that a lot of company “owners” were involved in mobile telephone calls and urgently replying to emails in the middle of important presentations and during conversation that they had traveled to benefit from. It seemed like many of their businesses, were still, in various ways, largely depending on their personality and abilities in operating the day-today. The fear expressed by some when I would hear their complaints is that when not around, customers may contemplate obtaining products or services elsewhere. So what is wrong with this picture?
When your business depends on you, your customers are counting on your ability to fulfill their needs; not your businesses' ability. So of course, when you are absent, there is nobody left to take care of them as well as you could, and that is why they go somewhere else. The solution is a SYSTEM dependant company, not a PEOPLE dependant company. This concept is largely the reason many businesses are unable to tap into new solutions that the revolution in business is providing today. By failing to focus on systemization and not understanding the true customer processes at work in the manner of conducting business, owners and managers are cut off from alternatives that would provide tremendous opportunities for their future. Thus enabling them to be more productive and focus on essential parts of developing their companies.
Many leading businesses meet their customers' needs regardless of the personnel on duty. Have you visited a Starbucks during a busy morning rush? Does it matter if the founder of Starbucks is not there to serve you? Starbucks has developed a system that works; customers generally receive consistently good service, regardless of who is working. This system doesn't rely on highly skilled extraordinary people that are in short supply in the market place. Instead, it leverages productivity and good work out of people that are in more ample supply. It is a "turn-key solution." There are many other examples of enterprises such as this. You must build a system that works; which is your business. Then you need to give the key to others, enabling them to use the system, and to improve it based upon their own experiences.
Creating a real and viable company is about building a business that works not because of you but without you. It is only after you have built your systems that work without you, that you are freed from the Company. Ask this question; “How can I give my customer the services and products that they want SYSTEMATICALLY rather than PERSONALLY?” People are important. But, relying on people without process is like having a driver without a vehicle. If you want to go somewhere, you need both. Thinking in terms of systematization is the first step in tapping into the tools the revolution openly provides to everyone wishing to participate.