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Business Process Transformation in a Flash

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It’s difficult to recognize all the minute changes that inevitably occur in a project or a person when you see and interact with them everyday.  But it’s precisely this type of natural progression that creates growth that is both positive and important.  

For one father, the desire to document his daughter’s growth from infancy to adolescence was a priority. After all, from the moment she was born until the day she turned ten, he took a picture of her every single day. The result is an awe-inspiring video slide show which proves that small changes aren’t as minuscule as they initially seem.

Check out the short video of her growth below:

Change and the business improvement process is never easy. In fact, it can be down right nerve-wracking. After all, it forces us to step outside our comfort zone and blindly navigate a new path—knowing that every decision we make will affect ourselves and those around us. Yet, it plays an essential part  in life and work. Without change, we not only lose the ability to actively grow, we relinquish the pride and satisfaction that comes from making an impact on others.

As human beings, we have been given a unique ability to transform. Whether we know it or not, change is in our nature and best of all, it comes with great opportunity. By embracing new ideas, taking risks and even experiencing failure, we learn how to utilize specific tools that help bring improvement and innovation.

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Entrepreneur published an article about the best ways to transform a business. There are some solid tips in there that could be of value for you. We’ve pulled out some highlights and included them below.

Re-examine your business model.
The founders of HuePhoria LLC had once found success selling its hand-painted party glassware to upscale gift boutiques. But after the recession chipped away at sales, the Syracuse, N.Y.-based microbusiness began forging relationships with drop-shippers, other manufacturers and retailers willing to manage the inventory and ship product on-demand. It was a way to expand product offerings without the hassle and expense of housing the inventory.

Sales in the first quarter of 2011 are up 72%, compared with the same period last year.

Just because your business has been focused in a specific direction up until this point doesn’t mean that pivoting won’t be beneficial. In this situation, a decrease in sales forced the change. But there may be times when even though a change doesn’t seem absolutely necessary, it still could be extremely valuable.

Shift resources into initiatives that drive revenue.
At brand strategy firm Parker LePla, the recession knocked 2009 revenues to $1.5 million, down 15% from the previous year. Co-founder Lynn Parker suspended the usual year-end bonuses for employees and used the savings to boost the Seattle-based firm’s advertising budget by more than 80 percent. New initiatives included an online sponsorship with local NPR radio station KPLU, which gave the Seattle-based company a mention each time a listener visited the station’s website and clicked on an audio clip.

Again, just because your marketing budget has been focused one way in the past, or you’ve devoted the majority of your funds into a certain department, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the best way to continue forward. Always be analyzing data and looking for ways to change. Great opportunities can come your way as soon as you start to accept new ideas.

Empower yourself and your employees with the knowledge that change can be a great thing. Reach out to our business process consulting team today to learn more about how we help improve workflow and satisfaction in your office.

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