Time will pass regardless of how busy we in our business, but achieving growth requires every day to be full of productivity and high levels of output. It is not enough to simply “be in business.” For us to enjoy success and fulfillment in our business we need to learn these ten ways to manage our workflow Like A Boss
- Manage priorities, not time. – Larry Winget
It is so easy for time to be whiled away with busy work: The tasks that consume time without really giving you much to show for your efforts at the end. Productivity comes when we target those tasks that give us the biggest bang for our buck and push us ever closer to our goals. Do everything you can to spend most of your day actively working on your top business priorities. This is Boss Focus.
2. Success in management requires learning as fast as the world is changing. – Warren Bennis
Output is important but it will be short lived if we are not invested in learning along the way. Always be on the lookout for new apps, websites or software that make your life easier and get you where you are going more effectively. And to really learn Like A Boss, start a “One Course Per Year” rule where you step out of your world to learn from someone more experienced than you.
3. Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. – Peter Drucker
Regardless of how many in our team, being in business automatically puts us in leadership. Even if we have no staff, we have clients, suppliers and colleagues looking on to see how we respond to pressure, failure, and even success. Managing our workflow with integrity and class at all times will command the trust, respect and rapport that we need to rise to the top.
4. The conventional definition of management is getting work done through people, but real management is developing people through work. – Agha Hasan Abedi
Everything in business always comes down to people. Having quality relationships with strong leadership structures will get more out of all of the people you work with, even if you don’t have any team members in your employ just yet. Getting the best out of your business means inspiring and empowering your clients, suppliers and colleagues to get the best out of them.
5. Managing time without without setting priorities is like shooting randomly and calling whatever you hit the target. – Peter Turla
Annual goals can easily be thrown “out there” in the land of wishes and whims instead of directing your focus. They are only useful if they direct short term focus. Set clear monthly priorities to firmly establish for yourself and all those involved exactly what success will look like at the end. Track your daily progress and reward performance even before the target is reached to maintain momentum.
6. Building smart processes to streamline the workflow can make the work easier and the results more reliable, which keeps my head above water and my clients happy. – Mark Mason
If you are drowning in your business, chances are you have a management problem on your hands. Your solution to any business problem is to get behind that challenge to work out what caused it in the first place. The workflow in every area of your business will be managed Like A Boss if you clear bottlenecks and streamline each step of the process to create highly effective routines.
7. If you focus on results, you will never change. But if you focus on change, you will get results. – Jack Dixon
It’s easy to fall into the trap of measuring output rather than input. But if we want a guarantee that results will occur, the commitment needs to be made to make the daily changes required to create the desired results. The results you are looking for will only happen if you change what you do with your workflow on a daily basis.
8. There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction. – Winston Churchill
If a business isn’t growing, it’s dying, so being a Boss Business Owner requires that we be active change managers. But change should be directed towards aims we have already established, rather than being motivated by the old “shiny things” syndrome. Change for change’s sake can be an unproductive waste of time and money that can lead us up the garden path to nowhere.
9. Either you run the day, or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn
Our workdays can steamroll us unless we are on our best game daily. When we are managing our Workflow Like A Boss we should break larger aims down into weekly goals, which then become a daily checklist that we live by. This ensures that no matter how urgent the emergency, or how loud the squeaky door, you will always make time attend to the focus areas that will drive growth.
10. A good manager finds satisfaction in helping others to be productive and not being the most productive person in the room. -Paul Gle
Driving a growing business starts out like driving a car. So much to do simultaneously, while somehow paying attention to others on the road with you. But as our business grows it changes. It starts with adding one new driver who drives for you. Then we add another, and another, until our business is like a driving exhibition, where each car is one part of a greater movement all working in flow together. We can be the director of the fleet driving something bigger than our own car if we dare to let go of the steering wheel.