When I was building my first business I was the king of "flavor of the month" business strategies and tactics. I would read a book, go to a conference, or some networking event and immediately try to implement the ideas into the business the next day. I created an environment of whiplash. Every new idea was the best thing ever and it was the key to take the business to the next level. However, I never really stuck with anything, people would roll their eyes when I pitched the next new thing, and we didn't get the results I was hoping for.
I am what is known as a Quick Start. My Kolbe is 2-2-10-3. Essentially I'm a person who is willing to try just about anything. This is great as an entrepreneur, however, it can cause some issues with those around you who are trying to keep up. If you are like me, which most entrepreneurs are, you are trying to get to the next level by any means possible. You are a learner and you are ambitious. Consequently, you are open to trying anything. The issue with this method of operating is that you have to do everything on your own. Your team tries their best to follow you but it's really not possible. There is no focus. You have no real system of getting things done and incrementally working towards a goal as a team. The result is that you are spinning your wheels and wasting time. As the old African proverb says "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
Imagine a football team with no plays. Everyone is doing whatever they want, how they want, when they want. It is chaos and not very effective. By choosing one system to run your business on, you provide you and your team focus. Everyone speaking the same language and doing things the same way allows your team to work together more effectively. As a result, you will get more done, and you will be able to get what you want from the business. To quote Gino Wickman "You cannot build a great organization on multiple operating systems - you must choose one." It doesn't matter which operating system you choose. Just pick one. Your team will thank you. Your clients will thank you and ultimately your bank account will thank you. Take the organizational check-up to see how you are doing running on one operating system.
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