Vanishing Vision: A Common Business Failure
The initial excitement of becoming a business-owner fading is a common frustration among small business owners.To be clear, it’s not a business failure in terms of making money, but in terms of the vanishing vision of financial independence and hoped-for FREEDOM from day-to-day operations.
The dream of sitting on a beautiful beach sipping iced tea, knowing that their business is running as smoothly as a Swiss watch back home, with a nice profit still rolling in, is lost.
Sadly, health issues caused by stress are all too common among business owners. Moreover, problems, such as family feuds and civil unrest among employees are considered “normal.”
Although admitting the money they make is okay, this causes many small business entrepreneurs to consider their big dream a business failure.
Business Failure from Chaos Is Totally Preventable
In fact, business failure due to on-going chaos should never happen, because help is everywhere.
There’s gold in “them thar hills!” However, a business owner must be willing to dig it out. In other words, it requires the price of TIME, but the ROI (return on investment) is priceless.
The good news is, most of the hard work performed by earlier miners is available at little to no cost.
Business owners like Michael Gerber, Edward Deming, and others are the “business system miners,” who've led the way for the improved quality and service we now receive from many great companies.
In fact, the work of these individuals opened my eyes to what a great business should look like. Of course, that was after implementing our own time-tested business systems, and the continual improvement of those systems. That’s when the vision became most clear!
Having Vision for Your Business is Crucial
Organizing a business and using proven, integrated business SYSTEMS can help ensure a business' survival. But having a VISION for your business is the crucial step to turning your dreams into reality.
In other words, just like mapping out any step-by-step business process, YOUR vision for YOUR business should be written down for YOUR team to follow.
American automobile executive Lee Iacocca has said, “The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.” And American scientist and inventor, George Washington Carver — mindful of an old proverb — wrote, “Where there is no VISION, there is no hope!”
Think about it!
Did I mention? Great systems work!
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.