Implement Or Stagnate

Implement Or Stagnate

The function of mutual benefit in your company is to reform or revolutionize and disrupt current practices through the introduction of innovations, and consequently stimulate the ongoing process of destruction and reconstruction (transformation).  The essence of mutual benefit is innovation.  Without innovations, companies stagnate.

I contend that over time, stagnation would occur through the inevitable bureaucratization of innovation and the emergence of sub-optimized profit and loss directives.   I have seen that by its very nature the traditional profit only enterprise will automatize progress.  In this environment the concept of mutual benefit is ignored or delivered through financial reward/punishment, or the like.  When this happens, the concern is no longer to benefit the whole (mutual benefit) but is only for the success of the individual (person, department, territory, etc.).   This has lead and will continue to lead to the decay of business and lead to job losses, insecurity, employee turnover, and potentially the failure of the business.

Through the implementation of a mutual benefit philosophy employees will understand the economic well-being of the company belongs to each and every one of them.  This step requires the use of project planning tools in order to implement what you have uncovered.  The following are some tools you may want to research and utilize:

  • mind-mapping – A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is hierarchical and shows relationships among pieces of the whole.
  • project charter – Contain the essence of the project.Provide a shared understanding of the project.Act as a contract between the project sponsor, key stakeholders and the project team.
  • project plan – a formal, approved document used to guide both project execution and project control. The primary uses of the project plan are to document planning assumptions and decisions, facilitate communication among project stakeholders, and document approved scope, cost, and schedule baselines. A project plan may be summarized or detailed.
  • continuous improvement expectation – a document that states the desired outcome of the initial project and records suggestions throughout a designated time frame.  Quarterly, this document should be reviewed to identify any potential continuous improvement.
  • system impact review – this review is to identify any changes made to other components or systems within your impact sphere of affect (something that you affect or that affects you).  You need to develop a set of criteria that will alert you to any negative impact and/or any potential positive impact that you are not leveraging.

Smaller businesses may feel it is not worth the effort, however your larger (or soon to be larger) competitors are doing these types of things.  If you are not doing them, then you are stagnating, and stagnation leads to the end of your business.

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