You would be surprised as to how many people don’t provide the simple things in business. The hallmarks of an efficient business aren’t always complexity and deep thinking. Sometimes simple is best. But we’ve got to a point where we think that in order to get ahead that we’ve got to look more intelligent or speak with more jargon.
But after a while, this means that our employees won’t even know what we’re talking about. In order to avoid a whole well of confusion, we have got to go back to basics. But what are the ways we can do this effectively?
The Basic Implements
If we don’t have the simple things we don’t have a winning foundation. From the perspective of your employees, you need the basics in place. Because when people don’t have the simple things, the automatic assumption is that the person in charge can’t even get the basics right. This means that you’ve got to provide the simple things so your employees have faith in your abilities. Whether it’s professional scrub outfits in the healthcare industry or it’s ensuring the basics of computer security are intact within the technological industries, all of these components will communicate trust in your abilities as a leader. If you can’t provide the basics, how can you provide anything else?
Many businesses want to work harder or faster and this can mean that we end up throwing the kitchen sink at getting the right process. But we can needlessly complicate processes. Getting back to simplicity is about minimizing distractions. You may think that you need every component of your company to be perfect, from the logo to the website. But all of these things distract customers and employees from the true component, which is the product. If you spend so long focusing on the numbers rather than fine-tuning the product, this is very wasteful. It’s important to go back to basics by focusing on the customer experience and making the product as best as it can be.
Don’t Think Big
Everybody is trying to capture a wider target market or trying to push their product into further territories. But if you haven’t got the basics right by marketing them to your local community or utilizing local resources, how are you going to take the leap? Thinking big is great because it highlights ambition, but once you start to look at what’s outside your front door bring everything into focus. You may be able to find a way to catch the attention of the local community. We want our product to go as far as humanly possible but we’ve got to get the basics right first. This means that we have to look at our immediate surroundings. Because if you try to solve the needs of a worldwide market without solving the needs of the people right in front of you, you won’t benefit anyone.
Providing the basics is an overlooked commodity. We all think that we’ve got to go higher and further than our contemporaries but this means that when we start to operate with such grandeur that we neglect the simple things. Keep it simple and build from there.