I have a confession. I'm not a great cook. The Julia Childs genes pretty much skipped right over me. But even though I'm not great in the kitchen, I do love to watch cooking shows. Go figure! To me there is nothing more entertaining than watching Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa cook a chicken.
But I think I finally figured it out. Can you imagine, buying all the ingredients, mixing everything together and then not putting the cake in the oven????
As I was watching Ina whip up a quick brunch for a party of 6 it all of a suddenly hit me. Cooking shows aren't just about systems, they are about IMPLEMTENTING systems. Ina had a plan and a system that she followed. Everything from when she had to buy ingredients, when she could start the preparation process to when she set the table and started the oven. Laid out, specific plans for completing something.
Then she launched in to a series of established steps (aka a system) for making each item. Hello cooking shows are all about systems and how to implement those systems - no wonder I love them.
Implementation is a huge place people tend to get stuck. This week's article gives you some ways to make taking action a bit easier...so you can have your cake and eat it to.
Can you join me on the 8th? You're invited to a call I'm doing with my pal Kelly O'Neil about how to get better results from the stuff you are already doing. All the details are here: http://www.marketingtomillionairesretreat.com/dynamic
Join Kelly O'Neil and I Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010
at 4 PM PST/ 7 PM EST
In this Teleseminar you will learn:
* The one thing you don't even know you're doing that
is killing your marketing efforts and wasting all that time, money and energy.
* How switching your thinking from "WHAT" to "HOW" can prevent things from falling through the cracks so you can watch your bank account fill up.
* How you can set your team up to automatically "get it" so they accomplish more than you ever thought possible and say things like, "don't worry, it's handled" - and have the surety that it IS!
* A proven 3-step formula that will show you how to get
everything out of your head so you can get the business
running without you.
* Are you ready to build a business where you can just
show up and be the star? Then get ready to discover the tricks to building a business that works for you... rather than you working for it.
Systemizing Your Business: Implementation as a Second Language - Part 1: Use It or Lose It!
Thoughts from Sandye Linnetz, Systems Coach and Goddess
We all have a mother tongue - a primary language and first way of speaking. Likewise, we all have set ways of doing what we do. Some of those "ways", when repeated over and over, became our habits. When we first begin to learn a new language (or a new skill) it may feel awkward and unnatural; it may not come easily at first. When we give it time, with practice and determination, that "new" whatever-it-is will feel as comfortable as the old way. Persistence can turn your new plan into your new habit. And here's some more good news: The more you use it, the less chance you'll lose it!
Given that there are some things you do in your business that are not working (and you are so not alone here), creating new ways of doing them can potentially make a huge difference in your stress level, productivity and bank account! What you do with your fabulous new ideas and plans is what we are addressing here. Yes, having great behind-the-scenes systems in place is a powerful work tool, but there's more to it than that. In fact, although I hate to say it, designing new systems and processes may not work for you at all!
They (I'm not really sure who they are.) say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. My guess is that along with those good intentions there are also great ideas, strong motivation and blazing needs and desires. However - and this is the key - without follow-through, without actually putting the thoughts, ideas and plans into effect, it's all a big, fat pile of nothing! Ideas and intentions that are untried, untested and un-actualized remain in the realm of fantasyland.
Once you have taken the time to identify what isn't working in your company and brainstormed about how to fix or change those problems, doing something about them sounds like a great idea. If you have identified the problem, followed the steps for developing a new system and designed an effective, efficient new system to address those issues, you're on the road to recovery. Now the question is: What will you use to pave that road? We already know that good intention is NOT the material to use here. Consider that this road is best laid with big, strong blocks of implementation!
No implementation = No change of action or result!
Implementation takes commitment. Having a great plan and not implementing it is tantamount to my biggest nightmare... finding thousands of dollars worth of coupons for cool, free stuff and then finding out that all of coupons had expired the day before... That's why they (there's that they thing, again) say: Use it or lose it!