Seth Godin’s 9/13/18 blog post is titled The risk of the Bixby button.
Apparently, the new Samsung phones have a hardware button that takes you directly to their digital assistant, called Bixby. Seth points out that clear signposts for behavior change, like buttons, are similar to signs which say “Pull rope to stop train”. They are efficient and effective. The downside is that it is difficult to “uncreate” behavior. People like what they know and currently do.
In the same way, implementing a new way to run your business is a challenging endeavor. I am not talking about changing your business model or pivoting the company into an entirely new market. And I am especially not talking about turning around a failing company.
I am taking about running your business in a more effective and efficient way. Getting everyone in the business aligned about where the company is going and how it is going to get there. Making sure that everyone in the business knows, and embraces, what they are accountable for in the business and executes against your business plan every day. Finally, I am talking about a willingness to speak up when something, or someone, is not right and taking action for the greater good of the company.
Changing the way you run your company is hard work. Not everyone does it successfully or even completely. Have you ever tried to do it in your company?
- First, it takes commitment from the leadership team to learn the new system themselves and then to stay the course against the inevitable resistance from those who want to work the old way.
- Second, the system has to be a proven one. You don’t want be an early adaptor and take on this naturally difficult task with a flavor of the month system that someone has just been dreamed up.
- Third, the rest of the company, including all managers, supervisors and individual contributors have to be linked together with common objectives, meetings, language and behaviors so that all the energy in the company is synergistic and supercharges the growth of the company.
When these factors are in place, then everyone accomplishes more with less effort and in less time. The business is more profitable. And people actually enjoy coming to work and the rest of their life doesn’t suffer.
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