Move it or lose it

ProgressOne of the important things that a manager or owner of an organization should be doing is checking the progress of the business or organizations. A business logic that is pretty much applicable in everyday life is the move it or lose it philosophy. A business if not improving and is maintaining its status for a long period of time is probably going under as such the owner or manager should keep tract of this thing. As such how would you know that your business is improving? Is the increase in income a definite measure of improvement? Is the increase in traffic or people in your business an important indicator of progress? We shall be answering them in this article.

In the creation of an organization is important that you have a mission and a vision for your organization since this will be how you would be measuring whether your organization or business is successful. Most of the time people usually equate increase in profit as a measure of success. Admit it or not usually most of the businesses are made just to earn money and by practicality it is easily measurable because it is quantitative data. Comparing it to last months earnings is quite an easy task and this is easily done just by putting it in a calculator then you have the percentage. Having an increase in income is a good thing and can also be a measure of improvement. How do you measure a vague thing such as the organization’s mission and vision?

For the measurement of the organizations mission vison there are two common methods of measurements. The measurements methods commonly used are the appreciative inquiry and the analysis of action. For these two methods of measurement I will be providing a bit of an explanation since these things are quite theoretical and can only understood fully when done.

For the action inquiry you are going to review all the actions or programs of your organization that has been done for the year or for the time span before the review. For every one of these actions you are going to take note of the positive and negative parts of the action or the programs. For every positive action you will be noting whether these actions are somehow helping your organization or business to reach its mission and vision. If your actions are going towards your mission and vision well and good then you are on your way to achieving it, if these actions are not then what can you do next time if you are going to do these programs again so as to make them move towards your mission and vision. Now for the negative parts how will these things help your organization and how are you going to better handle them in the near future if ever you are going to do a rerun of the action or program.

For the appreciative inquiry as the name implies you are going to appreciate the program or actions done. As such you are going to take the positive and negative sides of the program. Now focus your minds and thoughts on the positive side of the program and take note of how you are going to make the positive side of the program more prominent so as to decrease the effect of the negative sides of the program.

As to whether you are limited to choosing one or both based on what I know you can use both at the same time as long as this serves the organization’s needs. You would just need to take note that each of these methods require manpower and time. Make sure that your organization is reaching its full potential and it is more probable than not that the cash flow is not far behind. One important thing to note that if you already mastered the process of running and assessing your program then more often than not it will be easier to expand your business.

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