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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Pruning Procedures After Growth

Companies that expand and grow do so in a chaotic manner that develops an abundance of unnecessary rules, processes and obligations. Streamlining is an important step after change that allows clunky operations to become more efficient and effective. Companies should consider an overall of their policies and procedures every few years to ensure maximization of resources.

Policies and procedures are not always designed in the best interest of the organization. In many cases they were created to give the designer more control and feed his/her need for self-importance. As people design these operational methods in their favor they inevitably build in unnecessary bottlenecks and inefficiencies.

Evaluating all policies and procedures against the strategic plans of the organization can help see where inefficient processes have been created. Where there are too many stops, wasted resources, and ineffective outputs it is beneficial to remove or change those policies. Once each has been reviewed and adjusted the organization becomes more effective.

One has to develop a strategic plan that provides a centralized focus. This focus then becomes the sole criteria for success or failure within the organization. This includes all day-to-day operations of the company. Even common activities such as recruitment and expenditures should directly align to the strategy. 

Companies must occasionally look closely at how they function or they will continue to become inefficient and clunky. Organizations that maintain their lean and precise operations will be better at competing than others. The pain of change may be unbearable in the short-run but eventually become an asset later.

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