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Approaches to Productivity: Tips for Small Business Owners

For small businesses, productivity is the name of the game. Yet, it doesn’t just apply to the employees of an organization; it also applies to how the business itself operates. You, your staff and your business should each be parts of a lean, mean operational machine, working together as seamlessly and efficiently as possible.

However, this is more easily said than done, which is why we’ve put together a few tips you can begin using today that will help you stay on task, improve your internal processes and get staff motivated.

Meeting Methodology

You might be saying to yourself right now, “Meetings? Really?” Believe it or not, we understand. For many, meetings are considered to be one of the more counterproductive exercises taking place inside an organization, which means owners are not utilizing them effectively, or they’ve decided to skip out on having meetings altogether to avoid wasting precious company time.

If you’re part of the first group, making the shift to more productive meetings won’t necessarily be easy, but as employees begin to see your vision (and expectations) take shape, they will start to get as excited as you are about the company’s future. On the other hand, if you’re a small business owner who doesn’t host staff meetings at all, then start this week, knowing it isn’t about quantity but quality. Make certain meetings are perfectly aligned with your organization’s purpose, as well as addressing company challenges and celebrating team successes.

Some ideas to implement in your meetings:

•  Set realistic daily, weekly and quarterly goals

•  Prioritize the workload between departments

•  Openly give credit to stellar employees

•  Always end on a high note – inspire!

At Evolution we use the EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) Level 10 Meeting agenda.

Dare to Continue Dreaming

Gloria Steinem said, “Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” Like any small business, yours probably began through the simple act of dreaming up a future designed by you. And now, here you are, making those dreams into a personal reality. However, in order for a company to continue growing past its infancy into a robust organization, it needs to have an owner and leader who continues to dream about where it can go next.

A business getting caught up in the “day-to-day, status quo, rolling with the punches” kind of thinking will unquestionably be a business that never really makes it off the ground. As any successful entrepreneur will tell you, dream big and work hard – in that order. You can put in 12-hour days 7 days a week and still never make it out of the mud; but taking the time to dream, making a plan, and putting in some focused effort, you’ll most certainly find your small business maturing in the way you originally dreamed it from the beginning.

Want to learn more? Listen to our radio show for more tips and best practices when it comes to establishing and growing your small business. And as we end each episode, have Passion for Possibilities.


Posted by: Brendan Anderson A co-founder and managing partner at Evolution, Brendan has spent the past 20 years as an investor and manager of businesses ranging from manufacturing to financial services. @Brendan_Andersn

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