Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail. Planning is essential to anything. Unfortunately for me, I see way too many people worry so much about a fail proof plan that, they never get to make a start.
Anyone can become successful as long as they have the mindset required. With the phone in your hands and access to the internet, miracles have been made in business, even during this pandemic.
Building a Business is not trivial. You will face difficulty at every corner. After some twelve years of entrepreneurship, I can tell you this; planning is required, but the execution is critical over everything else.
A plan is needed to get the execution right. But, you have to execute properly. No matter how good your plan may look, the reality will always be different. You will still have to think on your feet and make a few more plans as you progress.
When I founded jeylabs during GFC, (Great timing) I had a 3 step plan. Step 1 is to Survive. Step 2 is to Thrive and finally the last step is to Dominate my market.
In the early days, All I focused was Execution. I made sure my customers are satisfied, my employees are happy, and I kept my promises. I was so determined to succeed that failure was not an option for me.
I made a lot of mistakes. There are many lessons I earned through tears, sweat, blood and over few million dollars. My mentors helped me through my tough times in Business. I am lucky to have a great supporting network of family and friends. They helped me survive the dark days.
I have no doubt that I will be making more mistakes. I am not afraid of it. But, I promised myself that I would never repeat the same mistakes. I will learn from every one of them and become a better CEO from every good and bad decision I make.
Making and owning decisions is the responsibility of a leader. When things go wrong, you ought to be there to take the heat.
My customers tell me where I should focus so that they can be served well by my teams. My investors tell me where I need to focus so that they can get the best ROI. My team of hardworking, smart people tell me where I should assist them. My business partners tell me how I can make them successful. I have to balance the needs of everyone and execute to achieve the optimum.
Great leaders take the time to talk to their stakeholders. Great leaders listen to their people intensively. Great leaders make the decisions that count and ensure they get executed well.
So, once you have the will to do what needs to be done, How do you execute it well? You have to systemise the execution.
How you execute must become consistent. It has to yield quality outcomes. It has to be efficient. You have to be held accountable, and the system should provide a mechanism to measure, monitor, track progress and more importantly fix issues that will inevitably arise. Finally, the whole process has to be fun.
I make a living by helping people systemise, optimise and monetize business processes. I understand how important automation, integration and modernisation are to any business. Most of our clients engage us through word of mouth. They have heard the legends of our automation gurus. They came to us when everything else failed. They plead us to migrate them out of their misery. These are people with Migraines. We feel an obligation to help these organisations. They need their businesses transformed. So, We have to execute right. There is no room for error.
Systemising your operations starts with a commitment to see it through. A passion for automation is a prerequisite. A clear understanding of the benefits is necessary. When the leaders understand why they have to systemise, where they are not going to focus and act then the rest plays out perfectly.
Knowing your priorities, balancing the changing needs and keeping people engaged demands the leaders have a unique of mindset. To execute excellently, you need to be an insider and an outsider at the same time. This is not for everyone. But everyone can learn this way of execution.
You need to Build your operations into a system that implements this thinking. Your system should integrate well with other things. Your system doesn’t have to be singular. It just has to integrate with all the different parts of your operations tightly.
Your system must have your business’s core values, principles and rules built into it. Your business processes should reflect your values. These have to be automated so that you are not relying on people’s interpretations.
Pandemic has forced us to shutdown offices and work remotely. Projects were cancelled, paused and customers gone bankrupt. We have to adapt and the system has to cope with unexpected changes. After 6 months of pain, we are still here doing what we do best for others.
jeylabs is a team of Business Technology Consultants. We systemize, optimise and help you monetize business processes. We are here to help you keep your business running during this pandemic. Send us a note to email@example.com and we will love to help you execute well.