The last month has been challenging but rewarding. I’ve encountered two major problems in my life and my businesses. I wrote about them a bit a few weeks ago. They are as follows.
- As a team, we have slowly fallen away from our ideology of automate, delegate, and systematize (A-D-S). – This created some real workflow blockages in Stodzy. The team was working too many hours and everyone was spending too much time “moving around” when they work. Of course, this was leading to burnout and frustration.
- As a leader, I was trying to control everything – This is the unfortunate byproduct of not following A-D-S. When things feel out of control, my natural tendency is to hold on tighter, which is the exact opposite of what I should do.
Over the last few weeks, we have been working intentionally to re implement our operational philosophy.
- We added two new amazing teammates.
- We drew (literally drew) a workflow map on how our systems and processes should operate.
- Tricia is taking a step back and creating a “labor map” (her invention, not mine) that clearly assigns accountability to each member of the team and their perspective roles.
These moves are tough because in order to take the step away to see the bigger picture, you have to sacrifice the current moment for a better future. But the outcome is always better.
Now that the “A-D-S” philosophy is back in place, it’s given all of us time and space to better live our lives and do better work. We’re not totally out of the woods yet, but by mid next week, we will be back to 110% capacity.
Remember, what you’re really struggling with is a fear of loss of control. Applying A-D-S requires trust in the process. Process requires you to get out of the way, because you’re involvement in a process will only create blocks in the system. You must face your fears and trust that your system is working and come to grips with the fact that your perceived control is really an illusion designed to ease anxiety.
Next week, I’ll write an article on how this process works so you can apply it to your own life and your own business. For today, I challenge you to take a good hard look at how you’re spending your time, and see all the inefficiencies in your day.
Where are you “moving around?” Where are you doing work for the sake of doing work, without an objective attached to it? Where are you failing to take advantage of better systems to produce better results?
Hit reply or leave a comment, and tell me where your inefficiencies are.
Have a great weekend.