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Are you stuck doing everything yourself? Or you can’t hand something off to a colleague to do because they don’t know how and there is not enough information readily available to show or train them? It is time to get those repetitive tasks out of your head and documented – of course, you don’t want to spend a ton of time documenting; you’re busy making money or doing your job. Just remember, getting some of the information down is better than nothing – and documenting how you do it should be incorporated into your job so you can easily pass along the work and focus on what you really enjoy or want to do. Let’s get started!
Business Process Management (BPM) is a systematic approach to make an organization’s processes more efficient and dynamic in order to meet the changing needs of a business. It builds on the concepts of business processes and business process automation to help your business deliver to its internal and external stakeholders. Essentially, business processes are the wheels and cogs of a business while BPM is the maintenance and support to keep the parts operating in an optimal fashion. BPM takes a look at the way a business tries to achieve its goals and then finds ways to do it better and help enable growth. The benefits of it being done well will result in reduced costs, more flexibility and agility, higher productivity, better employee satisfaction, and measurable results – all critical elements to any business.
Technology, similar to language, is ever evolving and continues to have a significant impact on business. With the pace of change, we are witnessing a shift in education models in general. The traditional path through university, while creating a strong foundation, does not deliver all of the soft and hard skills that will be needed as business and technology change. It is important to continue learning throughout your career because simply cramming more schooling in at before launching into your chosen profession is not enough. Individuals must prioritize acquiring and developing new skills throughout their careers.
A core tenet at Anant is to help empower anyone, anywhere to be an entrepreneur. We help small and large companies leverage technology to enhance their businesses. For our employees and contractors, we encourage continual learning about business and software. Here are sites we use and share with our team members to build their skills and potentially launch their own businesses.
Do you know what is on your company’s VTO, or Vision/Traction Organizer? The VTO is a two-page document Gene Wickman and his team at EOS Worldwide created to help C-level leaders bring focus and clarity to what their company will become and how it will get there. This document takes both a short (one-quarter) and long-term view (10 years) of where the company is going.
For the vision to be effective, leadership from across the company will need to buy-in and work together to move the business in the desired direction. One of the major points Mr. Wickman makes is that a firm has three functional areas – sales, delivery, and administration – and if one of these areas is weak or the areas do not work together, the company will struggle to fulfill its vision. Thus, it is important for each leader to recognize and understand how their actions will support or impact other areas of the company.