And The Rhythm Of Life Is a Powerful Beat…
I’ve always loved that Sammy Davis Jr song. The rhythm of life. It is powerful isn’t it when you get in a rhythm?
For me being in a rhythm means life is easier. Things happen when they are supposed to. And they happen how they are supposed to. Life can move forward in a purposeful direction.
Rythym in Business?
The same can be said about business. When you have a rhythm to the business, things happen in the way they should, in a pro-active and not re-active way. You don’t have to recreate the wheel, you have the recipe, and more importantly – so does your team.
There is a difference between knowing the cake you want to make and actually having the recipe. If you ask 5 people to make a chocolate cake, you will probably end up with 5 different chocolate cakes (yum!). And though they may all be delicious; they may not all be what you had in mind. In fact, none of them may turn out the way you wanted.
Perhaps you are vegan, so you need to use specific ingredients. Or you are lactose intolerant so need to avoid cow’s milk. If you are diabetic you might need to use a sugar substitute, and if you just hate dark chocolate then you need the cake to be milk chocolate. Then there is how many people is it for? No point making a beautiful but tiny cake for a party for 20 people.
Unfortunately, this is all too often what happens in business.
The team are told what the end result should be (a cake – or more probably – a report, a product, a service!!). But they are not told how to get there – they aren’t given the recipe.
What happens then is that there is no rhythm. People will do whatever they think. Or maybe they won’t do it at all because they are fearful of getting it wrong.
Confidence is created when people have the recipe.
When you are a very experienced cook, and you have been taught the recipe(s) – then sometimes you can go off piste and just make it up as you go along, and mostly that might be OK.
But we are actually not talking about cakes here. We are talking business outcomes. And as the leader of the pack – your job is to create those business rythyms, which mean that people have clarity on the procedures, the processes and the expected outcomes.
When they have this clarity, it builds confidence. And when they are confident – then they can produce the results that you want without you having to be there every second of every day.
Now doesn’t that sound nice? Puts a tingle in your fingers and a tingle in your feet……
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