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Rick Meekins

Rick Meekins is the Managing Partner at Aepiphanni, a Business Consultancy, an Atlanta, GA based small business consultancy that provides Management Consulting, Implementation and Managed Services to business leaders and entrepreneurs seeking to improve or expand operations.

What disorganization might look like in your company and what you can do about it.

imageOne of the biggest challenges that I see with businesses revolves around organization, meaning that the businesses the business takes a dartboard approach to managing their tasks and calendar.

You might see anything in a disorganized organization, ranging from time management issues to not having processes in place to get things done efficiently, repeatedly and consistently. These types of issues lead to other problems in the business, such as difficulty retaining customers and clients, getting referrals from the clients who are looking for more than you can offer, taking too long to produce and deliver proposals and set up meetings and missing opportunities.

Bottom line is, an unorganized organization will hurt the business, create missed opportunities and stifle growth.

An article by Jessika Toothman, “10 Signs You’re a Disorganized Mess” points out a number of telltale signs that you, as an individual, are disorganized, ranging from feeling overwhelmed to finding that food often spoils in your refrigerator. 

You might not think that these are signs of disorganization, but think about it;

Your business is no different. If your company is disorganized, there are telltale signs that will reveal this:

Think about it: the bottom line is that time is money; wasted time means that you are missing out on opportunities to earn revenue or serve your clients. Even if money isn’t your motivator, money is what allows you to stay in business day in a day out.

You cannot operate your company like this and expect to grow it, nonetheless, remain in business.  Getting the business organized is a commitment that must be embraced.  If the principle cannot handle it, some other member or members of the team should be given the authority to take on the responsibility.

So what can you do to get yourself and your company more organized?  A few things that I recommend include:

There are many others. These are a few that have helped me over the years.  If you look at them, you can see how all of them will save the company money and increase productivity.

Yes, they will take a while to implement. It will require a different type of thinking in some cases, that could be classified under organizational development (OD). However, it can be done if you and your team are on the same page, diligent, committed to the goal and see the benefits of the outcome.

It will all be worth it.

What are some ideas that you might share for getting more done in less time? Are there other signs of disorganization that you have noticed plaguing your organization? Do you feel like you can overcome the challenges, or that organization is just a mountain that you are not going to climb? Can you see where a return on investment might sway your thinking?

Given what it takes to run a business and build something that is successful, it would be worth your time to make the investment. Any business can be extraordinary. Being organized is one of the things that it takes to get there.

~Rick

Rick Meekins is the Managing Consultant at Aepiphanni, the trusted advisor for business leaders who are seeking forward-thinking solutions to help them plan for and navigate through the challenges of business growth. Our entrepreneurial multidisciplinary team works with clients to develop differentiating solutions and provide direction focused on lasting, strategic results.  We exist to help our clients CREATE | DESIGN | BUILD extraordinary businesses.

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