My recent article on a revolutionary but common-sense system for handling business accounting reminded me once again of the critical importance of systems in general across all sizes of firms.
Particularly at the smaller end of the spectrum, by far the most common failure I’ve seen in business over the years is an almost complete failure to really grasp the nettle of systemization.
Once you’ve been around the block a few times, the importance of a systems mindset (and the defined processes that go with it) is so screamingly obvious that it’s simply taken for granted.
You’d be amazed, however, at the amount of businesses across America that are struggling through from one week to the other with almost no systems at all in place.
The result of ignoring the power of systems is not just the inevitable demise of a business over time. It can also take an outrageous toll on the mental health of those responsible for running these poorly organized outfits, and it’s a horribly easy trap to fall into.
By far the most psychologically perceptive treatment of the subject I’ve ever read is Sam Carpenter’s Work the System. Pound for pound, it’s one of the most practical business books you’ll ever read in your life.
Whether as a business owner or employee, if you’ve ever found yourself adrift in a sea of general disorganized chaos and struggling to see the forest for the trees, this book could literally be a lifesaver.
Don’t just take my word for it though! Give Sam 50 or so minutes of your time by watching the video above and you’ll soon be convinced!