“Culture eats strategy for breakfast”.
This is a quote from Peter Drucker, one of the greatest management voices in history. Along with strategy, a company’s culture can also eat ‘vision’ and ‘process’ for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Despite our gains in technology, product innovation and communications, most of the people I talk to are not thriving in the organizations they work for. There are multiple reasons for this, but more often than not, what is simple common sense, just isn’t common practice in a lot of businesses.
Early Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis once said, “Light is the greatest disinfectant in nature", and it's also true in organizations. Whether it is sunlight or just shedding light on certain 'infected' workforce processes so management is able to see where improvements can be made in their businesses, there is always room for improvement.
I put these basic questions together based on comments I have heard from talking to middle- and upper-level management folks at various businesses:
· Are your patched-together combination of paper-based processing, Excel spreadsheets and disconnected activities preventing your business from growing?
· Has your homegrown/custom system become unmanageable, lacks modern features, and past customizations made upgrades impossible?
· Do you need to replace your legacy system because there is no longer any support or new development?
· Do you need to have modern software tools and compliance programs, as dictated by your customers and/or regulatory requirements?
· Do you need real-time job tracking and integrated quality management?
· Is your current software lacking the features and functionality that your production floor needs?
· Does your current software lack the process planning and scheduling functionality to dramatically increase production capacity without adding floor space, equipment and workforce?
· Is your technology old, unreliable, causing poor performance and frequent downtime?
These are all good questions that many businesses are struggling with today. There is no good time to upgrade your business processing and quality management software, to improve overall production processing, so many companies just keep putting if off until the pain of not changing is greater than the pain to change. But, after making the change to a new modern system, most companies say that they wish they would have done this years ago.
Jimmy Dean once said, “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can always adjust my sails so that I reach my destination.”
Whatever your business destination is… adjustments MUST be made, because your customers' needs keep changing. If you don't make the necessary changes to accommodate their requirements, they will just go to your competition.
Don’t let your antiquated corporate culture keep your business strategies in the dark, and keep you from reaching your destination, as a relevant business in this modern age of constant change.
The quicker the necessary changes are implemented, the quicker the business will benefit from it.