Smart leaders are always looking for ways to manage their expenses better, increase revenue, or work smarter, especially during these days of uncertainty. In this environment, looking for ways to do things better has to be job one!
One overlooked tool that can significantly impact an organization is “Best Practices”. Any organization, regardless of it’s size, location, or purpose, can implement this technique and have a significant impact on its own operations and the people it serves.
Simply stated, best practices is the most efficient (least amount of effort) and effective (best results) way of accomplishing a task, based on repeatable procedures that have proven themselves over time for large numbers of people.
If your organization is large, you can often determine best practices by pulling together teams of people doing similar tasks who then share their experiences and results in order to identify the very best way to proceed on any given task, work flow, or project.
For smaller organizations, it may be necessary to collaborate with trusted colleagues and friends at other organizations (if you are comfortable doing so) in order to identify best practices. While you will not want to share mission-critical or proprietary information, you may be willing to share processes and procedures with a few select leaders.
Accounting, IT, work flow, processes, HR practices, almost every process and task your organization performs probably can benefit from a best practices exercise.
Best Practices is a powerful approach to continuous improvement. We used it at a company I once led and we shaved time and effort from some of our work, streamlined our processes by eliminating busyness, and provided the effected employees with more meaningful work scope.
Call me and let’s talk about how this technique can help you.