This True Story shares the journey of a company overcoming shortfalls and changing their mindset.
We share brief snips of challenges to implementing change amongst a quagmire of outdated systems, processes, and convictions.
And as we all know, you need an open mind and vision to influence change.
Let’s begin with a brief corporate overview of the company and their chief problems.
75 employees, 8 locations, $13 million revenue
FINANCES unclear profitability due to multiple P&Ls with inaccurate information
PEOPLE random hiring, unhealthy communications (cell phone, 24/7), no diversity, high turnover of staff, unclear roles/responsibilities and passion/career paths for all personnel, including owners
TECH inadequate, non-integrated tech stack
CLIENT unclear client segments, services, procedures, and profitability
MARKETING outdated brand and online presence
GROWTH stagnant organic and M&A growth – unable to compete for clients
9 month turnaround to
FINANCE created accurate P&L; implemented interim financial reporting system; identified/started implementation of robust accounting system
PEOPLE deliberate hiring with formal onboarding process, healthier communications via CRM, Planning System, and interoffice chat; future organizational structure designed and included career paths and skill levels; LMS created with multiple sources of content; owners and leaders identified and moved into roles that suited their passions, skills, personalities
TECH identified, integrated, and maximized 50% of tech and designed road map for the missing elements
CLIENT clearly documented client segments, services, and profitable servicing processes and staffing
MARKETING new brand, website, bling
GROWTH attracted experienced business development expert, initial KPI system implemented
What it Took to Make This happen so fast:
- right people, wrong roles
- prioritizing changes properly to avoid burnout, provide wins, empower others to learn new skills
- giving upcoming leaders the opportunity to learn from others (outside the firm as internal leaders don’t have the skills) and learn from failures
- learning and talking with peers without fear of being judged for not knowing the answers (who does? :-))
- IDEOS® methodology to dissect and improve processes
- LCMS® Life Career Mission Statement
- 3 Ps and a G to quickly link an idea to it’s benefit (People Process Profitability Growth)
- Collaborative Visualization of Changes, People, Processes, Tech
- Agenda-Driven Working Calls
Change, of any kind, is in investment in time, energy, people, and processes wrapped in a blanket of thought shifting.
It isn’t easy. It isn’t fun, BUT isn’t it worth your skin in the game to see your company and people rise to the top and thrive? Pause… and breathe this in for a moment.
If you too want to be a True Story of triumph, or you have a few questions, let’s connect.