The Lost Coin
So, you wonder, did that woman ever find her lost coin? Yes, she did. But only after deciding to clean her entire house from top to bottom—every room, closets, every shelf and drawer. She swept every corner of her house clean, and finally found her most prized possession. [By the way, for you Bible scholars out there, the story, of course, has a much deeper meaning, but it seemed apropos for this blog—if you’ll indulge me again!]
I wrote extensively in my book System Busters: How to Stop Them In Your Business, how I finally fixed "the mess problem"—not only for that messy, and darned-near UNemployed employee, but in all other areas of my business, so I won't go into detail here—but I will give you a hint:
I did the same thing the lady did who lost her precious coin. I cleaned every shelf and cabinet, and swept the floors. I labeled, filed and sorted for days, and in the process I couldn't believe what we found as we began to perform this extensive cleaning in every department. We uncovered missing tools, valuable parts—and, in fact—in a cabinet in the Prepress Department, I found unopened boxes of film that had expired more than a year before.
As I said in the beginning, many companies lose thousands of dollars a year due to mess and clutter. I encourage you to do as that woman (and even I) did—Clean up the mess!
No, you may not find a valuable coin—but, over several years of dealing with the chaos and the problems it causes, I can assure you, if you measure your losses in dollars, you will be shocked!
One thing I would like to add—cleaning a house or a business is a worthwhile goal; however, without a "SYSTEM" of cleaning, your effort will return to chaos in the blink of an eye.
Philip Beyer, founder/president of Ebiz Products LLC and founder of Beyer Printing Inc. in Nashville Tenn., is a chronic entrepreneur, business systems analyst and consultant. Author of "System Busters: How to Stop Them in Your Business" and recipient of an InterTech Technology Award for the design and development of System100 business process management software. Beyer speaks to business owners across the country on how to bring lean, sustainable order to their businesses. Contact him at (615) 425-2652.